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 […]

Kevin Duchene shuts down Nits, 9-0

Kevin Duchene mowed down the opposition in Friday’s contest Wow! We just need about five more games like these and we might be set.  Kevin Duchene pitched one of the best performances we’ve seen this season tonight against Penn State.  Throwing a complete game two-hit shutout, Duchene struck out 11 PSU batters and kept them […]

Illini Baseball outslug Purdue Friday, 17-12

  Thomas Lindauer got Illinois off to a good start with his seventh homerun of 2013 Illinois and Purdue got off to a raucous start Friday night when both teams scored 12 runs in the 40-minute first inning alone.  It wasn’t over yet either.  Both teams combined for 29 runs and 34 hits in Illinois’ […]

Jock Jams 2013 a loud success at Huff Hall

There was plenty of fist pumpin’ action at Huff Hall last night where Jock Jams 2013 took place.  I really didn’t know what to expect but really had a blast. Illinois Baseball rightfielder Davis Hendrickson gets some of the credit for getting the word out among the Illini baseball fans.  But it was the freshman […]

Fourth annual Jock Jams scheduled for Feb. 27

The fourth annual Jock Jams has now been scheduled for February 27. What is Jock Jams, you say??  It’s an event sponsored by the U of I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee full of singing, dancing and acting performed by University of Illinois athletes. It’s done all in name of community and charity, too. Last year’s Jock […]

It was about time for a banner change

With much hesitation, I changed the banner of IBR.  I really liked the photo that was up there before (shown above).  It wasn’t the sharpest image but boy, there was a lot of action and the expression on every guy’s face face is unique and priceless.  And what’s with Corey Kimes and the backwards jersey?  […]

Illinois Summer League wrap-up

Fightingillini.com has just posted a solid summary of this year’s summer league action by the Illini.  Big congrats go out to Will Krug who was chosen to the National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series All-Tournament team after his performance with the Crystal Lake Cardinals.  For the summer, he hit .375 while scoring 45 runs […]

Illinois breaks 3 game losing streak against Bradley 6-3

We’ll just forget the last three games.  Tonight was a different night. Illinois broke their three game losing streak Wednesday night in Peoria against the Bradley Braves winning a no-nonsense 6-3 game.  Nick Chmielewski pitched six solid innings for the win.  The win was probably a happy one for the Illini.  After losing the last […]

With Sunday split, Illinois posts 3-1 weekend mark

Wow!  Lots of big stuff happened yesterday in Illinois baseball.  They did manage to get shutout by one the most struggling teams they’ve faced this year in Northern Illinois 3-0.  But on the other hand, they came back and walloped SIU 13-5.    Some of the big stories of the day Illinois gets shutout by […]

Illinois trims the Huskies 7-2

John Kravetz is 3-0 this season Illinois scored seven unanswered runs to begin the game while starter John Kravetz pitched a solid eight innings in Illinois’ 7-2 win against Northern Illinois down in Carbondale today.  Kravetz won his third game of the year and Illinois has won five of their last six.  Kravetz didn’t allow […]