Illinois take on first place Minnesota Golden Gophers at home

Cody Sedlock lets one go during last Friday’s game Coming off a big 2-1 series win off Ohio State, Illinois (20-17, 6-6 Big Ten) hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers (25-12, 9-2 Big Ten) for three games at Illinois Field.  Both teams have done well lately winning eight of their last ten games.  Minnesota is currently […]

Illinois baseball faces intrastate battle this weekend in Carbondale

J.D. Nielsen effective out of the pen with a 1.74 ERA You could almost say that Illinois baseball (6-7) is going to the dogs.  This weekend the Illini will face the Huskies of Northern Illinois and the Salukis of Southern Illinois.  The good guys are traveling to Carbondale, Illinois for a four set.  They will […]

Illinois baseball still working out the kinks

CF Doran Turchin: 8 for 18 and two homers for the weekend Well, it looks like Illinois baseball (6-7)still has a few kinks to work out.  A week after they swept the Stetson Invitational, they were swept four games straight themselves at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Conway, South Carolina.  Illinois dropped two to UNC […]

Coach Hartleb’s opening week press conference emphasizes peer leadership, flexibility

Eight floors above the snow-covered football field of Memorial Stadium, there was talk of baseball over the lunch hour.  Catcher Jason Goldstein, pitcher JD Nielsen, and head coach Dan Hartleb came to talk to the local sports media about the Illinois baseball program at the expansive media box atop of the Memorial Stadium.  I got […]

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 […]

Jason Goldstein ranked #12 senior in nation by Perfect Game

On the heels of Saturday’s annual Hot Stove Banquet, Illinois’ senior catcher Jason Goldstein was named the #12 senior college baseball player by Perfect Game.  Goldstein was ranked the top senior catcher rated by PG.  Last year, Goldstein hit .286 with eight homers and 47 rbis in Illinois championship season.  An outstanding defensive catcher, he […]

Sold out Hot Stove Banquet crowd hears Dodgers star Steve Garvey

Once a year, Illinois Baseball’s extended family gets together in one room to celebrate the team’s successes, to meet the whole team and to raise money for special projects for the program.  Last Saturday night was the 2016 Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet which is jointly sponsored by the Illini Dugout Club and the Illini […]

Christ, Dickinson help bring on seven recruits

The headlines in last week’s Illinois baseball’s news feed had an ominous tone to it…   While there is nothing other-worldly about new Illini baseball assistant coach Adam Christ (pronounced krist), he does bring with him some impressive credentials.  Minnesota State assistant 2009-11, promoted to Associate Head Coach 2012-15 306-86 (.781) during time at Minnesota […]

Dates set for Illinois Baseball Orange and Blue series

The dates are set!  I know a few of you have contacted me asking me if I knew when the Illinois Baseball annual intrasquad Orange and Blue World Series was taking place.  Illinois Baseball Coach Hartleb announced yesterday that the dates are right around the corner.  Game 1: Monday, Sept. 28 at 4:15 p.m. Game […]

High Five! Coach Hartleb gets extension till 2020

The wait is finally over.  Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb will be back as head coach with the Illinois baseball team for the 2015-16 season.  Pending UI Board of Trustees approval, Hartleb received a five-year extension which will keep him on the team through the 2020 season.  Fighting Illini Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced […]