One last hurdle: Illinois hosts Michigan starting Thursday

Pat McInerney leads the Illini with six homers It’s down to the last three games.  With a home series against Michigan (34-17, 12-8 Big Ten), ninth-place Illinois (26-22, 10-11 Big Ten) needs to make up at least one spot in the standings in order to obtain a bid to participate in the Big Ten Tournament […]

Entering the homestretch: Illinois travels to Maryland

Dan Rowbottom celebrates after scoring on an error after his 3-run double on Wednesday against the Salukis As the Big Ten season enters the homestretch, Illinois is in need of some wins if it wishes to gain a Big Ten Baseball Tournament bid.  With three conference weekends left, they have a 7-8 Big Ten record […]

Illinois baseball drop last two in wild, windy series against Cornhuskers

LF Dan Rowbottom improves to .292 for the season Illinois (11-14, 3-3 Big Ten) had plenty of chances to win every game this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-8, 5-1 Big Ten).  Unfortunately, the good guys came home with one Friday night victory.  Both teams were plagued by the windy weather.  The series was one […]

Illinois dogged by miscues and inexperience, drop last three in Carbondale

Tough Sunday loss for Andrew Mamlic I’m sure none of the Illini baseball players and certainly not Coach Hartleb could have seen a 1-3 weekend coming.  After a solid win behind starter Cody Sedlock and 3B Trent Hammond (3 for 3) on Friday, Illinois dropped the next game against the underdog Huskies on Saturday and […]

Blowout! Illini offense complements Duchene’s outing against South Florida

The scoreboard says it all.  Not only did Kevin Duchene pitch a masterpiece but the Illinois (16-4-1) exploded with the bat in Friday’s game against the University of South Florida Bulls (15-7-1).  Facing just 26 batters, Duchene gave up just two hits and one unearned run in seven innings for his third win of the […]

Illinois baseball defeat Lindenwood-Belleville 7-1

Adam Walton drives in a run with a double in the sixth inning today In a game scheduled just two days ago, Illinois defeated the Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx 7-1 at Illinois Field on Wednesday.  It was a team effort as the Illini used 23 players including five pitchers.  This gives Illinois a 15-4-1 record for […]

Photos of Orange and Blue World Series Game 1 at Illinois Field

Today was Game 1 of Illinois Baseball’s Orange and Blue’s World Series.   Exciting because between May and March, this is really the only competitive college baseball to be found at Illinois Field even if it is an intrasquad game.  I stopped by today and saw most of the game.  I was happy to see my […]

Illinois baseball announces six letters of intent signed

Coach Hartleb seemed pleased during the press conference where he announced the signing class of 2013 yesterday.  The six ‘athletic’ players that have signed letters of intent to play baseball for the University of Illinois are ‘successful’ and will be ‘impact’ players for the team. The focus this recruiting year appeared to be pitching and […]