Parr brothers help Peoria Chiefs with tornado relief online auction

The Cardinals’ Class A affiliate Peoria Chiefs are holding an online auction to benefit those affected by the recent tornado damage in Central Illinois.  "The response on the auction front has been outstanding," said Chiefs director of media relations and baseball operations Nathan Baliva. Items up for auction range from a baseball signed by Hall […]

Illini draftee Jordan Parr feeling more at home in left

According to Dan Itel of The Hillsboro Argus, Jordan Parr is again feeling at home with the Hillsboro (OR) Hops now that he’s back to playing a more familiar position.  His first few weeks with the Class A Short Season Hops have been a little harrowing as they have tried him out at third base.  […]

Parr bros join forces on single-A Hillsboro Hops

Oregonlive.com has feature article on the two Parr brothers… no, not Justin and Jordan but Jordan and older brother, Josh (left).  The two Chillicothe, Illinois natives are now paired up on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ single-A affiliate Hillsboro Hops.  Big brother Josh is excited to play with Jordan: "I was, one, shocked, and two, excited I […]

Four Illini called in 2013 MLB Draft

Four University of Illinois Baseball players have been chosen in the 2013 MLB Draft.  Joining Justin Parr who was picked in the 8th round are three more Illini players, Jordan Parr, Thomas Lindauer and Kevin Johnson.  Taking a look at each player: Justin Parr Outfielder Philadelphia Phillies Round 8, Pick 241   As mentioned yesterday, […]

Justin Parr, Kevin Duchene and Co. honored by Big Ten

On the eve of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament opening day, the conference awards were announced and the Fighting Illini were represented quite well.  For starters, Illini players wrapped up two big awards.  First the big news, centerfielder Justin Parr was named Big Ten Player of the Year.  Following that up, starting pitcher Kevin Duchene […]

Getting closer: Illini take game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday

Kevin Duchene comes through again versus Minnesota Kevin Duchene continues to pitch well as he won his eighth game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.  It was a key win as the Illini (32-15, 13-9 Big Ten) were facing a formidable pitcher in Tom Windle.  The Illinois offense managed to score four runs off Windle raising […]

Illini sweep Penn State!

Celebration after Saturday’s win!   Illinois got the job done this weekend!  A three-game sweep is what the team needed against the Penn State Nittany Lions and that’s what they got.  With an 8-6 win on Saturday and a comeback 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Illini improve their conference record to 12-9 and more importantly, […]

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 to play ‘crucial’ series in East Lansing

  Kevin Duchene gets the start on Saturday against the Spartans Illinois travels to East Lansing this weekend to take on the Michigan State Spartans.  The series takes on special meaning as the Spartans (24-13, 7-5 Big Ten) reside one spot above Illinois in the conference standings.  A series win would go a long way […]

Illinois wins rubber game vs Northwestern, 5-3

Justin Parr advances to third in today’s victory against the Wildcats Sunday’s conclusion of the Illinois-Northwestern series at Illinois Field included just about everything… a Justin Parr hit (two, actually) to extend his hitting streak, a comeback for the Illini (26-3, 8-7 Big Ten) and a perhaps too-exciting-but-successful-nonetheless save for Bryan Roberts.  Illinois won the […]