Comeback! Illinois wins a wild one against Michigan State 5-4

David Kerian is welcomed back to the dugout by starting pitcher Drasen Johnson after scoring the winning run As some of the Illinois baseball “oldtimers” who have shown up for this weekend’s alumni festivities can attest, there something about a Illinois-Michigan State series. Adam Walton slaps a triple to drive home Ryan Nagle The first […]

Rainy weather doesn’t stop Illinois offense, 12-3

26 games in a row:  Justin Parr’s infield hit to short breaks the record. Just as the game between the Illini and the Northwestern Wildcats began on Saturday afternoon, it began to rain.  It was a little mist at first but a steady rain soon followed.  The bad weather didn’t dampen the Illinois bats though.  […]

Illinois get a big inning vs MVSU in home opener, 15-6

Shortstop Thomas Lindauer makes the play at first Illinois baseball team came home to a crowd of 827 baseball fans and did everything they could to not disappoint.  Hosting the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, they succeeded as they outslugged the opposition 15-6 behind the solid pitching of Kevin Johnson.  Things were a bit back […]

Illini baseball’s Orange and Blue World Series wraps up

Reid Roper awaits a pitch during the last game of the Orange and Blue World Series Today was the last game of Illinois Baseball’s Orange and Blue World Series.  Having split the first two games, this was the rubber game and I’m sure competitive juices were flowing. Among the fans who came by to watch […]

My favorite photos from the 2011 Illinois Baseball season

Throughout the 2011 Illinois baseball season, there have been photos that I go back to and think “I really like that picture”.  Some may not have made it into an IBR article but for one reason or another I find qualities in it that make me think it’s worth seeing. Technically, they may not be […]

Illini players make it on SportsCenter

Before we close out the Illini’s venture to California, I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to see these videos.  A few of the players made to the big screen (well, ‘big’ if you are a baseball player). In this first one, pay close attention to the very start where you see a […]

To the Regionals! Illinois wins the Big Ten Tournament!

In their second straight game against Michigan State, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini baseball team clinched their first Big Ten Tournament championship since 2000 by defeating the Spartans 9-1. Starting pitcher Corey Kimes threw a career high 9 innings and seven strikeouts and seemed to have the Spartans fooled.  Giving up no walks on […]

Yes, Illinois pulls another comeback: win 5-4 vs Ohio State

Ho hum… another walk-off win for the Illini.  What else is new? Hehe, I can’t pull that complacent shtick off, I am psyched as all get out.  Maybe I got worried a bit watching the Illinois-Ohio State game on my friend’s wide screen TV in his basement but I’ll tell you this:  When we were […]

Some quick pre-game links

Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago has a nice piece on Pete Cappetta and his comeback in the second half.  Definitely check it out. The Chicago Tribune interviewed walk-off hero Matt Dittman The Daily Illini has a couple of interesting articles.  One on the missing trophy (stupid policy in my opinion) and another preview of the […]

Seven Illini granted All-Big Ten honors

Josh Parr:  All-Big Ten Second Team Yesterday, seven Illinois baseball players were honored with All-Big Ten awards.  While the Big Ten championship team was shut out of the All-Big Ten First team, Adam Davis, Pete Cappetta and Josh Parr were placed on the Second Team and Casey McMurray and Wes Braun were selected for the […]