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 […]

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, […]

Rainy weather doesn’t stop Illinois offense, 12-3

26 games in a row:  Justin Parr’s infield hit to short breaks the record. Just as the game between the Illini and the Northwestern Wildcats began on Saturday afternoon, it began to rain.  It was a little mist at first but a steady rain soon followed.  The bad weather didn’t dampen the Illinois bats though.  […]

Huskers in control at Illini home opener, 9-5

I’ll admit, my photo of Cornhusker Michael Pritchard scares me a little As they say, all good things must come to an end.  After winning twelve of their last thirteen games, Illinois Baseball faced reality in the form of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  In their home opener and the Big Ten opener, the Illini lost to […]

Two walk-ons join the Illini baseball squad for 2013 season

There was a nice feature article in the Daily Herald about Illinois walk-on pitcher Andrew Mamlic last week.   Andrew is a right handed pitcher from Wheaton North high school.  Andrew “has been clocked throwing his fastball 90mph and (has) an almost unhittable slider”, according to Herald reporter Dan Mamlic (hmm, relation??). Mamlic is listed as […]