Vanderbilt derails Illinois’ magical season in Super Regional

Kevin Duchene salutes the fans after today’s loss In today’s Super Regional elimination game against Vanderbilt at Illinois Field, Illinois (50-10-1) could not take advantage of scoring opportunities and lost a heartbreaker to the Commodores 4-2.  With the loss, Illinois’ magical record-breaking season is over.   On the same day that he was eventually drafted #6 […]

Game 2 of Super Regional postponed till Monday

Illini players play the waiting game in the bullpen area The fans showed up and the players warmed up for Sunday’s Super Regional game between Illinois and Vanderbilt.  As the 5:05pm starting time inched closer and the normal pre-game announcements and rituals we usually go through didn’t happen, I wondered if something was up.  Sure […]

Backs against the wall, Hartleb pulls out his ace for Super Regional

Tyler Jay gets his chance at a start vs. Vandy With their backs against the wall, Illinois baseball will attempt to to tie their series with Vanderbilt in the NCAA Super Regional.  They were stunned in Saturday night’s opener getting walloped 13-0 by the Commodores.  But Coach Hartleb has an aces up his sleeve.  Tonight’s […]

Bring on the Commodores! Illinois hosts Vanderbilt in NCAA Super Regional

With a 3-0 Regional Championship win under their belt, the #6 national seed Fighting Illini (50-8-1) welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores (45-19) to Illinois Field for the NCAA Super Regional this weekend.  Beginning Saturday night at 7pm CT, the two will play a best of three series to determine who will go on to the College […]

Between Regionals, Illini baseball doesn’t get much better than this!

Success breeds success, they say.  On the heels of their 3-0 Champaign Regional Championship, Illinois baseball can claim three All-Tournament honorees.  ICYMI -> Congrats to #Illini Will Krug, @DrDra35 & @Dkerian12 (Most Outstanding Player) on #ChampaignRegional honors! — #ILLINI #RoadToOmaha (@IlliniBaseball) June 3, 2015 Drasen Johnson’s complete game shutout was a no-brainer.  I knew […]

Illinois advance to Super Regional with 8-4 win over Wright State

Will Krug hit an rbi double in the fifth inning In a wild comeback game with just a little bit of controversy, the Illini have advanced to their first Super Regional!  Behind the strong bats of Will Krug, David Kerian and Ryne Roper and lights-out pitching of Tyler Jay, Illinois defeated the Wright State Raiders […]

Johnson’s shutout advances Illini to the Champaign Regional final!!

Will Krug rounds third to score the first run in today’s win In front of a rocking crowd of over 3000 at Illinois Field, top seed Illinois defeated #2 seed Notre Dame 3-0 behind a strong effort by starter Drasen Johnson who pitched a complete game shutout.  Illinois rallied for all three runs in the […]

Mother Nature a winner Saturday at Champaign Regional

The Fighting Illini hope to repeat their Friday success against Notre Dame In what was going to be a big day at the Champaign Regional turned out to be wash, literally speaking.  Saturday afternoon and evening rains prevented all but a few innings to be played.  Both games have all been pushed back one day […]

Homers by Roper and Kerian bolster Duchene’s NCAA Champaign Regional win over Ohio, 10-3

Reid Roper gets congrats after his first inning homer Friday night, top seed Illinois baseball got off to a good start in the NCAA Champaign Regional.  Behind a solid start of Kevin Duchene (11-1) and homers by David Kerian and Reid Roper, they defeated fourth seed Ohio University 10-3.  With the win, Illinois will advance […]

Get ready for some Champaign Regional action!

In preparation of the Champaign Regional, the interns at the UI Athletics program have been working overtime to put out this great press release.  It is quite comprehensive.  Reading through it, I am still amazed at what the Illini players have accomplished this year.   What do I need to know about this weekend? A […]