How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 3

Jason Goldstein hit .323 for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League So far we’ve gotten a look at the former Illini in the minors this summer.  That included a look at the very special draftee Class of 2015 in their first summer of pro ball. However, our current Illinois baseball squad have been busy […]

Summer leagues are in full swing! Which teams are the Illini playing?

Mark Skonieczny is batting .341 for the Lake Erie Monarchs this summer Now that the Illinois baseball season is over, the baseball players get to go home and have fun all summer, right?  Not necessarily.  They’re probably having fun but they are all honing their skills at collegiate baseball leagues around the country.  Where are […]

Tyler Jay makes prospects list

Illini reliever Tyler Jay was listed as one of Team USA’s top prospects by’s Jim Callis yesterday.  Says Callis: “Undrafted in 2012 as an Illinois high school senior who topped out at 90 mph, he now has a fastball that peaks at 97 and sits at 93-95 mph, even when he works on consecutive […]

Reid Roper awarded Honker of the Year

This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone following Reid Roper’s summer up in Rochester but it has recently been announced that he has been named “Honker of the Year” by his summer league team the Rochester Honkers. Not only did Roper become the Honkers’ all-time leader in hits, walks, rbis and games, he […]

Reid Roper breaking summer league records up in Rochester

It seems Illini infielder infielder/pitcher Reid Roper has been making headlines all season helping his summer league team Rochester Honkers win ballgames (here are just a couple from the Northwoods League website and the Post-Bulletin).  Now, Roper is in the news because he is breaking another record.  According to the Post-Bulletin, Roper holds the all-time […]

Tyler Jay making his mark in no-no for Team USA

2014 seems to be the summer of the no-hitter for Illini pitchers.  First it was Andrew Mamlic then Matthew James.  Now you can put Illini reliever Tyler Jay on that list.  Via Illinois Baseball Twitter, news comes that on Saturday, Jay contributed to a no-hitter for Team USA in the Pan American Championships.  USA defeated […]

Tyler Jay wins a spot on USA Collegiate National Team

The USA Collegiate National Team has begun its season and Illini Tyler Jay is right in the middle of the action.  Jay won a spot on the roster after a superb performance during tryouts in June.  Now, he and the rest of Team USA are taking on the world in a manner of speaking. USA […]

Matthew James dual role pays off in no-hitter for Lexington

It’s a new one on me.  Illini infielder Matthew James can pitch.  Apparently pretty well.  And James (right) pitched REALLY well on Saturday as he threw a complete  game no-hitter for the Lexington Snipes against the Joliet Admirals.  Behind James’ pitching, the Snipes defeated the Admirals 6-1.  The line on James:  7 IP, 0 H, […]

Summer league action in full force

This summer, the boys are out to play.  Twenty-eight Illini baseball players are playing summer ball around the country for twelve teams in seven leagues.  As usual, team Sports Information Director Matt Wille has the Summer Ball Central web page up so we know what they’re up to.  Each team and league on Summer Ball […]

Naso hailed for postseason performance

Illinois pitcher Charlie Naso was featured on Northwoods League website as the pitcher who “Shut down the Huskies” in a key postseason game.  Naso’s Madison Mallards and the Duluth Huskies are currently embroiled in the Northwoods Summer College World Series.  In the first game of the series, the Mallards won with Naso’s help.  With the […]