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 […]

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 […]