Hal Morris keynotes a successful 2015 Hot Stove Banquet

Fighting Illini Dugout Club president Jon Swenson, keynote speaker Hal Morris and Coach Dan Hartleb It was a sold out crowd and there was a of fun to be had at Saturday’s Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet at Champaign’s iHotel.  The Fighting Illini Dugout Club put on a spectacular production as everything fell into place […]

Illini baseball team takes first practice of 2015

Will Krug takes his cuts in the batting cage on Friday What best way to gear up for the 2015 Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet than to watch the baseball team practice?  I stopped by the Irwin Indoor Facility today and took in some of the action.  Though they have been out on the field […]

Warm Illini baseball thoughts on a cold day

As the University of Illinois campus is suffering its coldest day of the year, I can only look forward to the Illinois baseball season in (hopefully) warmer weather.  It won’t be long though.  In a little more than five weeks, the Illini will start their season in Beaumont, Texas at the Lamar University Cardinal Classic.  […]

Illini players looking forward to a warm Thanksgiving

I can’t help but feel a little envious of the Illinois baseball players and coaches.  They are going on a trip of a lifetime next week when they travel to the Dominican Republic.  Not only will they get to see some of the sights but they will also play eight exhibition baseball games in the […]

Photos of Game 3 of Illini Baseball Orange and Blue Series

Anthony Drago takes a cut in Game 3 of the Orange and Blue Series on Friday Friday was third and final game of the Orange and Blue Fall Ball World Series.  What a beautiful day it was for baseball!  The late afternoon game with temps hovering in the low 80s with bright sunshine makes you […]

Coach Snider is packing his bags and heading to Louisville

The news that Coach Eric Snider has been hired by the Louisville Cardinals as an assistant coach is very bittersweet indeed.  Coach Snider has been with the Illini since 1999 and has been head coach Dan Hartleb’s right-hand man since he took over.  He’s a smart baseball man and quite known for recruiting talents.  He […]

Coach Hartleb to assist with National Training Development Program

Coach Dan Hartleb is going places this summer.  Specifically, he’s heading to North Carolina to assist at the National Training Complex for the 2014 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program.  Hartleb was named to the coaching staff for the program and will help Eric Kibler at the complex in Cary, North Carolina. Here is […]

Series loss against Huskers gives Illinois a #3 seed in tourney

Is Kevin Duchene slated for Game 1 of the Big Ten Tournament? It’s probably fitting that the two second place teams who entered this weekend would have one of closest series of the Big Ten weekend.  Both teams have had won their share of three game sweeps but I had a feeling from the start […]

Comeback! Illinois wins a wild one against Michigan State 5-4

David Kerian is welcomed back to the dugout by starting pitcher Drasen Johnson after scoring the winning run As some of the Illinois baseball “oldtimers” who have shown up for this weekend’s alumni festivities can attest, there something about a Illinois-Michigan State series. Adam Walton slaps a triple to drive home Ryan Nagle The first […]

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 […]