Illinois baseball batting a 1.000 in academics, graduation rate

I know Dan Hartleb has always placed a high priority on academics during his reign as head coach of the Illinois baseball team.  According to data released by the NCAA today, it can be shown that this isn’t all talk.  Illinois baseball is one of seven Illini athletic programs that can boast a 100% Graduation […]

Hartleb recruits four to Illini baseball

Coach Dan Hartleb and his crew have been busy since the Orange and Blue World Series.  FightingIllini.com reports today that three high school seniors and one JC sophomore have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Illinois baseball team.  All four will eligible to play in the 2017-2018 season.  A quick look at […]

IBR: a new look at top

I was looking up at the banner of Illinois Baseball Report a few weeks back and noticed it was about time to change it.  Three of the players, Jason Goldstein, Adam Walton and Cody Sedlock, have gone on to bigger and better things.    And while I liked Coach Hartleb’s photo from last year, he […]

Nifty 1993 Illini baseball card set is really worth a look

My friend Robin gifted me a pretty nifty piece of Illinois Baseball memorabilia.  It is an unperforated set of baseball cards of the 1993 Illinois baseball team.  Wow! Lots of history here.  Starting with the head coach, Itch Jones who still ranks 28th all-time with 1,242 wins.  And guess who was his assistant coach?  Yep, […]

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 […]