Illini baseball returns to Texas to gain some ground

Pat McInerney wants to add another homer or two After a 1-3 opening weekend at the Lamar Cardinal Classic, Illinois baseball will travel back to Texas this weekend.  This time they are visiting Corpus Christi and will hosted by the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi islanders.  The islanders are hosting a tournament at Whataburger Field involving Missouri […]

Illini Baseball manage one win on Opening weekend at Lamar Cardinal Classic

First career win for Shilling Battling the weather in Beaumont, Texas, the Illini came away with an opening day win at the Lamar Cardinal Classic this weekend.  After that, it was a matter of bad timing.  When they scored nine, their opponent scored 15.  When they held their opponent to just two two runs, offense […]

Young Illini arms to be tested on opening weekend at Lamar Cardinal Classic

It’s a few days past Valentine’s Day and now we’re talking Opening Day?  It’s hard to believe.  It really snuck up on me.  But boy, I am so glad that baseball season is finally here!  The Illinois baseball team are on their way to Beaumont, Texas to take part in the Lamar Cardinal Classic this […]

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 […]

The Orange Team dominates the 2016 Orange and Blue World Series

After a fall’s worth a practice and a couple of scrimmages, the Orange and Blue World Series took place this week.  This is probably the 12th one I’ve attended and I don’t think I’ve seen a more one-sided victory by one of the teams.  The Orange Team swept the Blue Team three games.  To add […]

5 things I learned from Saturday’s Illini baseball scrimmage

Last Saturday, the Illinois baseball players assembled on Illinois Field for a little friendly competition.  A half hour before the game was to start, there was quite a rain and the pitching mound was covered.  Things have a way of working out though.  At 10:40am, the sky cleared and for the most part, it was […]

How do you get to Omaha? Practice, practice, practice.

It’s a take on an old adage but it’s so appropriate in this context.  Before Big Ten games, before non-conference games and even before intrasquad scrimmages, it all comes down to practicing the fundamentals.  And that’s what the Illinois Baseball team started doing this past week at Illinois Field. Thursday was the team’s first practice […]

Summer league stats roundup for Illini

Summer fun for Jalin McMillan who hit .329 for the Southland Vikings The PR people at the the baseball program have come up with something new (and I love it!).  For the first time, they are posting end-of-season summer league stats for the Illini baseball players.  I have always been a big believer that summer […]

Illinois looks to improve on .500 conference record at Iowa

Luke Shilling slides into home during Illinois’ 5th inning rally against EIU Tuesday For the second weekend in a row, Illinois (12-14, 3-3 Big Ten) will be traveling for a Big Ten series.  This weekend, they will be playing in Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-14, 3-3 Big Ten) for a three […]

Shilling chosen Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Luke Shilling raps a double in Game 1 of the O&B series last fall I didn’t know at last Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet  when I sat at the same table with Luke Shilling that he was going to be honored as the Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being ranked the […]