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 […]

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 […]

Comeback against ISU gives Illini win #30

Will Krug drives in two key runs against ISU On Tuesday night at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois scored seven runs late in the game to come back against the Illinois State Redbirds.  Down 3-2 in the eighth, the Fighting Illini offense scored five runs in the final two innings to win their 11th […]

Illinois baseball wins comfortable game behind Johnson’s effort 11-4

Drasen Johnson wins #4 of the year There was no game winning homerun today. Nor was their any other late inning heroics.  There was no need for any. #15 Illinois (23-6-1) got off to a nice 6-1 lead by the third inning and never looked back against Northwestern on Saturday.  Behind the strong pitching of […]

Blowout! Illini offense complements Duchene’s outing against South Florida

The scoreboard says it all.  Not only did Kevin Duchene pitch a masterpiece but the Illinois (16-4-1) exploded with the bat in Friday’s game against the University of South Florida Bulls (15-7-1).  Facing just 26 batters, Duchene gave up just two hits and one unearned run in seven innings for his third win of the […]

Illinois Baseball shut down by SIU 2-0

The fog eventually lifted but the home fans’ spirits did not There was something about the late afternoon fog that added to atmosphere of Friday’s game against the Southern Illinois Salukis (3-13).  It certainly didn’t bode well for the Illini as they were handed their first home loss by the Salukis 2-0.  It was the […]

Illinois baseball redouble their efforts and take last two at Chanticleer Classic

John Kravetz: getting the Illini back on track After splitting the first two games against Ball State, Illinois (9-2-1) lost their second straight game against Kent State.  However, it was back to their winning ways as the Fighting Illini finished up the Chanticleer Classic in Myrtle Beach with two wins against West Virginia and host […]

Illinois baseball remains undefeated after eventful weekend

Casey Fletcher is hitting .417 in seven games this season In Friday’s game, Drasen Johnson got run support.  An Illini win ended with a walk-off HBP on Saturday.  And Sunday’s game ended in a tie.  Indeed, it was a strange weekend for Illinois baseball down in Florida.  But in the end, the Illini can still […]

Pitching previews: A diplomatic solution to a nice pitching dilemma

The Fighting Illini baseball program has been doing position-by-position previews in the last few days on the fightingillini.com website.  The previews of the actual starting position players haven’t been too surprising but I was wondering what would happen when it came to the pitchers.  Illinois may be in the envious position of having too much […]

Mamlic honored for incredible season with Lombard

The 2014 Wisconsin State League awards are out and behold, an Illini pitcher is among the honorees!  Andrew Mamlic who played for the Lombard Orioles in the summer, was named yesterday as a recipient of the WSL award.  Mamlic had a fantastic year for the Orioles, leading the Lombard Orioles in pretty much every meaningful […]