Illinois baseball turning over a new leaf against Sycamores

What a weekend for Illini baseball!  A sweep of the Indiana State Sycamores is just what the team needed.  Not only did Illinois win all three games against the Sycamores (12-12) but they did it in style with a fantastic pitching performance from Ty Weber as well as some offensive heroics from Pat McInerney.  Sunday’s […]

Home Sweet Home; Illinois hosts SIU and Toledo in round robin

“It’s just good to be home.  You get to play on your own field, we have great fans here, and I think that’s a huge plus for us.” Dan Hartleb via Daily Illini For the first time this season, local fans will get to see the Illini baseball team at Illinois Field!  The Illini are […]

Illinois baseball hosts the press for Media Day

Local media showed up at the Irwin Indoor Football Practice Facility where the Illinois baseball team was taking practice on Friday.  It was Media Day and both Coach Dan Hartleb and designated player spokesperson Anthony Drago (above) took some time to speak to the press.    Coach Hartleb’s crew is young but he emphasized “Our […]

Goose Gossage highlights Illini baseball Hot Stove Banquet

Last night, the Illinois baseball program celebrated at its annual Hot Stove Banquet.  Sponsored by the Illini Baseball program and the Illinois Baseball Dugout Club, the Hot Stove is held every year in the offseason.  Fans at the banquet were treated to a terrifically uncompromising speech by Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage.  I […]

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 […]