Goose Gossage highlights Illini baseball Hot Stove Banquet

Last night, the Illinois baseball program celebrated at its annual Hot Stove Banquet.  Sponsored by the Illini Baseball program and the Illinois Baseball Dugout Club, the Hot Stove is held every year in the offseason.  Fans at the banquet were treated to a terrifically uncompromising speech by Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage.  I […]

Sedlock signs with Orioles, Walton gets a chance with Diamondbacks

Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that Illinois starter Cody Sedlock signed with the Baltimore Orioles today.  As a result of his first round selection, He’ll receive a nice sum of almost 2.1 million.  1st-rder Cody Sedlock signs w/@Orioles for $2,097,200 (pick 27 value). Illinois RHP, heavy 91-93 sinker to 96, good SL too. @MLBDraft — […]

No tourney but Illinois baseball ends 2016 on winning note

Illinois won their last two games against Michigan but it just wasn’t enough.  Going into the last game, their fate was in the hands of Michigan State and the Spartans let them down.  As a result, Illinois will not be going to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament next week.  This will be only the third […]

Illinois baseball hosts Saint Louis at home this weekend

Adam Walton gets back to first base safely in Tuesday’s game against ISU It’s the first home series in three weekends for the Illini baseball team.  Illinois (14-16, 4-5 Big Ten) will be playing a non-conference series against the Saint Louis Billikens (16-18, 7-2 Atlantic 10) who now claim first place in the Atlantic 10 […]

Sedlock, Goldstein, Walton nab more preseason honors for the Illini

It’s a week and half before opening day and preseason honors are still coming Illinois’ way.  Cody Sedlock is getting recognized yet again.  He was named #3 prospect in the Big Ten for the 2016 MLB Draft by D1Baseball.com.  He went 4-0 with a 4.02 ERA in 2015 but I have a feeling we will […]

Shilling chosen Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Luke Shilling raps a double in Game 1 of the O&B series last fall I didn’t know at last Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet  when I sat at the same table with Luke Shilling that he was going to be honored as the Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being ranked the […]

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 […]

Tyler Jay leads the way as nine Illini chosen in MLB Draft

Even after the 2015 Illinois baseball season is over, the team is breaking records.  Now that the MLB Draft is over, a total of nine Illini players have been chosen.  This breaks the school’s record of six from 1985.  Not only that, Illinois is top drafted team in the Big Ten and has the third […]

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 […]

Big Ten champs!! Win vs. Huskers clinches conference championship for Illinois!

In a dismally rainy evening, #2 Illinois (44-6-1, 20-1 Big Ten) gave 1000+ Illini fans reason to stay at the ballpark.  With a 6-3 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (34-20, 9-13 Big Ten), they clinched the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 2011 and extended their winning streak to 25 games.  Kevin Duchene […]