Illinois Baseball to host Wolverines this weekend

Shortstop Adam Walton brings a 10-game hitting streak into this weekend After two Big Ten weekends, Illinois Baseball is off to a 5-1 conference start (17-11 overall).  That by the way, is the best Big Ten start under Coach Dan Hartleb’s reign.  Illinois hopes to continue their good luck against slightly stiffer competition at home […]

Illinois Baseball to help SIU inaugurate Itchy Jones Stadium this weekend

While every series with friendly rival Southern Illinois University is a little special, this weekend’s three-game set down in Carbondale holds a special meaning for both teams.  They will be breaking in the brand spanking new Itchy Jones Stadium, the new home for the SIU Salukis baseball team.  Itchy Jones (seen left coaching for the […]

Illini Baseball getting recognition after breakout weekend

Kevin Duchene gets a well-deserved Pitcher of the Week honor Things just keep getting better for the Illini baseball team after their 4-0 sweep in Gainesville last weekend.  First, take a look at the latest NCBWA polls.  Not only is Illinois starting to get votes now but one of their key opponents last weekend, Florida, […]

More photos from Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet

Just a few more fun photos I took at last night’s Fighting Illini Baseball Hot Stove Banquet.  Photo op before the event.  From left to right, Dugout Club President Jon Swenson, Chris Robinson and Coach Dan Hartleb.   Former Illini Chris Robinson and Kyle Hudson greet each other at the Banquet   The Dugout Club’s […]

Chris Robinson a hit at Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet

It was a snowy Saturday afternoon but that didn’t keep throngs of Illinois Baseball fans from packing the Conference Center at the I Hotel in Champaign for the 2014 Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet.  The room was full of excitement and fun. Former Illini catcher Chris Robinson was the keynote speaker for the night and […]

Game over: Illini bats dwindle against Gopher pitching, 3-1

Davis Hendrickson drove home the sole run in today’s loss In an elimination game against Minnesota at the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois (34-18) couldn’t hold on to a slim lead and lost 3-1 and will have to say goodbye to Minneapolis.  Ryan Castellanos was a hard luck loser as he allowed only eight baserunners in […]

Illini Baseball find themselves closer to home this weekend

This weekend, the Illini head home.. almost.  They’re back in the state at least, playing Southern Illinois University down in Carbondale.  It’s a four-game weekend with a special Sunday game at Rent One Park home of the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League.   Abe Martin Field Carbondale, IL Fri. March 15 3:00 pm […]

Series Preview: Illinois opens at Tennessee Tech

0-0 vs 0-0 T-minus two days before the 2013 season opener for the Fighting Illini Baseball team.  On Friday at 3pm, the challenge begins.  The challenge to see if Coach Hartleb’s Illini baseball team can come back from their lackluster finish in 2012.  Time will tell but I know the players will have fun trying. […]

Illinois baseball announces six letters of intent signed

Coach Hartleb seemed pleased during the press conference where he announced the signing class of 2013 yesterday.  The six ‘athletic’ players that have signed letters of intent to play baseball for the University of Illinois are ‘successful’ and will be ‘impact’ players for the team. The focus this recruiting year appeared to be pitching and […]

Mark your calendar: Illini Baseball announces “competitive” 2013 schedule

Coach Dan Hartleb announced the official 2012-2013 Illinois Baseball schedule earlier this week. You can find the schedule here at the FightingIllini.com website or download it pdf form. It’s a “competitive” schedule says Hartleb: “I am extremely excited about the quality of our 2013 schedule.  We will be playing a number of teams that are […]