McDonnell, Illini bats dim Kent State Golden Flashes, 9-4

Rob McDonnell pitched five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.14 I’m glad we got a home game in today.  This is the last of a scheduled ten-game home stand (though yesterday’s game was canceled).  The Illini made the most of it too.  Starter Rob McDonnell (2-1) pitched five shutout innings against the Kent […]

Illinois Baseball lasso Bulls with HRs from Kerian, James, and Fletcher

Victory leap!  It was a sunny day at Illinois Field and the balls were flying out of the park.  In fact, every run scored today was the result of a homerun.  The good news is that Illinois (17-4-1) came out ahead of the South Florida Bulls (15-8-1) in the end by the score of 5-2.  […]

Illinois baseball evens series up with SIU 6-2

Third career complete game for Drasen Johnson It was a strange game at times with two ejections and an oh-so-close homerun that was ruled a foul ball but in the end, the Illini (13-4-1) came out the victor.  Starter Drasen Johnson pitched a complete against the Southern Illinois Salukis (3-14) and the Illini offense came […]

Matthew James dual role pays off in no-hitter for Lexington

It’s a new one on me.  Illini infielder Matthew James can pitch.  Apparently pretty well.  And James (right) pitched REALLY well on Saturday as he threw a complete  game no-hitter for the Lexington Snipes against the Joliet Admirals.  Behind James’ pitching, the Snipes defeated the Admirals 6-1.  The line on James:  7 IP, 0 H, […]

Summer league action in full force

This summer, the boys are out to play.  Twenty-eight Illini baseball players are playing summer ball around the country for twelve teams in seven leagues.  As usual, team Sports Information Director Matt Wille has the Summer Ball Central web page up so we know what they’re up to.  Each team and league on Summer Ball […]

Comeback again? Fletcher walk off, again? Unbelievable! Illini deliver sweep against Michigan State 10-9

Sunday was just another day in paradise at Illinois Field. For third game in a row, Illinois came back from behind to defeat Michigan State and for the second game in a row, Casey Fletcher hit walk off hit to win the game for the Illini. Fletcher’s hit in the bottom of the ninth scores […]

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 […]