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 […]

Home Sweet Home! Illinois welcomes Penn State for Big Ten opener

Illinois sees the return of catcher Jason Goldstein this weekend “There’s no place like home”, said Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz but I think the Illinois baseball players are probably thinking the same thing.  Illinois (8-10) is looking to start off the Big Ten conference portion of the season in the right way while […]

Series win against FGCU brings Illinois baseball back to .500

Jason Goldstein is 10 for 24 through two weeks Illinois displayed a significantly better showing this weekend against weekend against Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  At least, the won-loss record looks a lot better.  With two wins to start the weekend and a very close loss on Sunday, Illinois crept back up to […]

Orange and Blue World Series: Blue Team wins Game 1 on bats of Matt James, Shilling

Matt James and Luke Shilling both homered for the Blue Team Monday Illinois is taking the Orange and Blue World Series a whole lot more seriously this year.  Complete with a PA announcer, a working scoreboard, at bat music and actual umps, it seems that the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is making an effort to […]

How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 3

Jason Goldstein hit .323 for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League So far we’ve gotten a look at the former Illini in the minors this summer.  That included a look at the very special draftee Class of 2015 in their first summer of pro ball. However, our current Illinois baseball squad have been busy […]

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 […]