Illini Baseball program signs three from Class of 2014

Wednesday, Coach Dan Hartleb announced that he has signed three high school players to a letter of intent to play at the University of Illinois.  Here’s a quick summary of the three recruits. Zach Barnhart, MIF 5-10 / 150 / R/R / Springfield, Ill. / Springfield HS One name should be familiar to Illini fans.  […]

Illinois baseball news wrapup: Casey Fletcher, Roper marathon and Lindauer’s first pro dinger

After my summer trip to Alaska, I’m getting back in the swing of things.  Checking the news, it looks like the commitment of Casey Fletcher to the Illinois Baseball program is getting some media attention now.  The Champaign News-Gazette has a feature article on Casey and the familial connection with his dad, Darrin (left) who […]

It’s official: Casey Fletcher joining the Illini

Looks like it’s official.  According to, Casey Fletcher has been added to the Illinois roster as a preferred walk-on.  Casey is the son of Illini baseball legend Darrin Fletcher.  Preferred, indeed.  If he’s anything like his dad who still holds Illini baseball records, any team would prefer him.  Seriously, Casey has already shown he’s […]

Another Fletcher on the horizon for the Illini?

There’s some exciting news on the recruiting front.  Casey Fletcher, son of former Illini Darrin Fletcher and grandson of another former Illini Tom Fletcher has accepted an offer to join the Illini baseball program as a preferred walk-on.  Darrin Fletcher (right) at 2010 Alumni Day with another Illini great, Donn Pall I don’t need to […]

Illinois baseball announces six letters of intent signed

Coach Hartleb seemed pleased during the press conference where he announced the signing class of 2013 yesterday.  The six ‘athletic’ players that have signed letters of intent to play baseball for the University of Illinois are ‘successful’ and will be ‘impact’ players for the team. The focus this recruiting year appeared to be pitching and […]

Fall Schedule set and wow, is Miguel Hermosillo really that good??

Today was the first day of fall classes at the University of Illinois.  Anyone on campus has already noticed the extra hustle and bustle.  I want to wish the Illinois baseball players a successful semester.  Study hard and have fun (but not too much fun!) The Illini baseball schedule for the fall has been set.  […]

Two-sport Hermosillo chooses Illinois

Ottawa (IL) HS prospect Miguel Hermosillo has chosen Illinois.  That said, he still hasn’t made up his mind about which sport he’s going to focus on. Not a problem.  The University of Illinois is okay with that. “Illinois really was the team to beat for me since I made my first unofficial visit,” Hermosillo said. […]

Alleman senior Cody Sedlock commits to U of I baseball

The Quad-City Times has a write-up on a new Illini baseball recruit.  His name is Cody Sedlock from Rock Island Alleman (IL) High School. One year ago, Sedlock was part of the Rock Island American Legion team that won the Illinois state title championship. This spring as a junior, the right-hander led the Pioneers to […]

U of I intern thrown out of minor league game for having a sense of humor

A sports intern from the University of Illinois is getting famous simply for playing a silly song at a minor league baseball game.  Last week, Derek Dye, was booted from a Daytona Cubs baseball game by the dour umpire for playing the song. ‘Three Blind Mice’. Through the Fence Baseball has a good follow-up to […]

Illini baseball program signs eight during 2011 recruiting season

Last week, reported on Coach Hartleb and Co.’s successful recruiting trip.  When all was said and done, eight high school players had signed letters of intent to the University of Illinois. It breaks down like this:  Illinois recruited five pitchers, one catcher, one shortstop and one outfielder.  Of the pitchers, three are lefties.  Two […]