Four and Ohhhh! Illini off to a spectacular start!

Johnson, McDonnell, Kravetz and Jay get the job done at the Cardinal Classic If there was any question as to Illinois baseball’s standing in the preseason polls, they have been put to rest.  The Illini baseball team shone in the Lamar University’s Cardinal Classic down in Beaumont, Texas winning all four games.  They team took […]

Spartans find revenge against Illini at Tourney, 2-1

Like almost every other one of his starts this year, Drasen Johnson did his part. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough. In Game One of the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, the Fighting Illini couldn’t get the offense going against Michigan State.  While Johnson struck out a career high ten batters and only allowed two runs […]

Seven Illini honored by Big Ten

Six fighting Illini baseball players were awarded with All-Big Ten honors yesterday.  In addition, two were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team…   Jason Goldstein, Catcher All-Big Ten Second Team Adam Walton, Shortstop All-Big Ten Second Team All-Big Ten Freshman Team John Kravetz, Pitcher All-Big Ten Second Team Tyler Jay, Pitcher All-Big Ten Second […]

Series loss against Huskers gives Illinois a #3 seed in tourney

Is Kevin Duchene slated for Game 1 of the Big Ten Tournament? It’s probably fitting that the two second place teams who entered this weekend would have one of closest series of the Big Ten weekend.  Both teams have had won their share of three game sweeps but I had a feeling from the start […]

Illinois drops last game to Hoosiers 11-3

Casey Fletcher scores on Ryne Roper’s triple in the third inning If we had that one more inning, I just know the Illini would have come back from their 11-3 deficit.  Well, maybe.  With one pitch thrown in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, the men in blue called the contest due to rain after […]

Ryne Roper honored by Big Ten

Each week when the Big Ten awards announcement is released, I eagerly read it in anticipation of another Illinois player getting their due.  Some weeks, it’s apparent that our guys won’t be named but some like this week, the powers-that-be at the conference office see it our way.  Indeed, this week one of our players […]

Happy days in Happy Valley!

Will Krug now batting .329 with 15 stolen bases On Sunday, Illinois completed a sweep at Penn State (17-19, 5-6 Big Ten) behind the pitching of Ryan Castellanos.  Penn State had the lead in each of the three games this weekend and two of the games were truly comeback efforts with Nit leads in the […]

Illini get spanked by Michigan 17-9

Will Krug’s 3 for 5 performance wasn’t enough to overcome Michigan’s 17 runs Before today, Illinois hurlers hadn’t given up a run for 25 innings.  As I approached Illinois Field, I knew that win or lose, that streak wasn’t going to last.  The winds were blowing straight out to centerfield.  As Rod, the friendly gate […]

Drasen Johnson shuts down Michigan 1-0

Drasen Johnson makes do with one run For the first time since 1969, Illinois Baseball has won two consecutive 1-0 shutouts.  Last night’s win against Michigan was behind the performance of Drasen Johnson who has gotten used to little support from the Illini offense.  Fortunately, one run was all he needed to defeat the Wolverines.  […]

Illinois close out weekend with Purdue victorious, 8-3

Casey Fletcher gets congrats from the batboy in the 3rd inning while Ronnie Muck watches on On Sunday, it was a warm afternoon and the Illinois bats were pretty hot too.  With the help of thirteen hits, the home team scored eight runs to defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 8-3 in the final game of the […]