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 […]

Kerian helps Bucks to record-setting #50

The Waterloo Bucks just tied the Northwoods League mark for wins with 50 after their 7-2 defeat of Battle Creek.  It’s probably no coincidence that Illini infielder David Kerian is featured in the photo of the article.  Kerian is hitting .300 for the season and has 17 stolen bases and 46 runs scored.  By the […]

Banner night for Illini David Kerian in NWL play

Illini first baseman David Kerian had one of his best games of the summer two nights ago for the Waterloo Bucks in Northwoods League.  In a 15-3 win over the Rochester Honkers which featured an eleven run second inning, Kerian shone as the offensive star.  Playing left field for the Bucks, Kerian went 4 for […]

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 […]

Illini ballplayers in full swing at summer leagues

Illinois players have now begun summer ball.  Not surprisingly, a sizable fraction of them are headed north to the Northwoods League.  Seven of the 23 Illini players playing in leagues this summer are representing teams in the NWL.  In total, Illini players will be playing at nine separate summer leagues around the country. FightingIllini.com has […]

Krug and Ferry get post season honors from CSBL

Josh Ferry Will Krug One week after Brandon Hohl and Justin Parr received similar honors, we hear that two more Illini were named to their respective summer league’s All-Star team.  This time it was Will Krug and Josh Ferry.  Both are current sophomores and both were named to the Chicago Suburban Baseball League’s All-College team. […]