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 […]

Jay, Hartleb complement Illini Team of the Year award

It’s only appropriate that after a record breaking season that the Illinois baseball team end the season with another sweep.  This time though, they swept the end-of-year Illini athletic awards.  Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year Along with track and field’s Stephanie Richartz who won top female Illini athlete, reliever Tyler Jay received the 2014-15 […]

Make some room on the mantle… Illinois sweeps Big Ten awards!

On the day before the Big Ten Tournament begins, the Illinois dominated the annual conference awards in a B1G way.  Three of the major individual awards went to the Orange and Blue.    Big Ten Player of the Year – David Kerian Avg: .383 HR: 13 RBI: 45 Firstbaseman Kerian led the Big Ten in […]

#2 Illinois hopes to clinch against the Huskers

Big Ten Player of the Week Jason Goldstein hopes to add a few more ribbies against the Huskers For the last conference series of the 2015 season, #2 Illinois (43-6-1, 19-1 Big Ten) will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers (34-19, 9-12 Big Ten) at Illinois Field for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday series. What’s on the line?  A lot.  […]

17 straight! Illinois finishes off Penn State for fourth straight Big Ten sweep

Starter John Kravetz is now 4-0 for the Illini The Illinois baseball team can add one one more Big Ten sweep to their 2015 accomplishments.  On Sunday, they won 6-3 against the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-25, 2-12 Big Ten) giving them their fourth conference sweep of the season.  The win today puts #8 Illinois […]