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 […]

Castellanos helps Illinois tie series against Boilermakers

In Saturday’s game against Purdue (5-17, 1-1 Big Ten), the Illinois squad (13-11, 1-1 Big Ten) combined timely hitting with another fine performance by sophomore righty Ryan Castellanos to tie the weekend series 1-1.  Castellanos pitched his first complete game as an Illinois pitcher and improved to 3-1 for the win.  He allowed nine hits […]

Illinois Baseball cook the ISU Redbirds 6-1

Ryan Nagle, Will Krug and Casey Fletcher celebrate after today’s win I stopped by for the last few innings of Wednesday’s game between the Illini and the Illinois State Redbirds.  The Redbirds came in with a 15-6 record but when I got there, Illinois was putting the finishing touches on a two-run rally in the […]

Illini Baseball lose two after another shining performance from Duchene

Kevin Duchene: perfect through six innings on Friday Kevin Duchene may have done a great job of breaking in Itchy Jones Stadium on Friday but Southern Illinois Salukis reminded the Illini who it really belongs to on Saturday. On Friday, Duchene continued his 2014 pitching prowess, hurling one of his best efforts of the year.  […]

Sweep! Illini pitching key in tourney wins in Gainesville

  Now even I’m quite impressed after this weekend’s performance by the Illini down in Gainesville, Florida.  After starting the year 2-4 they once again heading down to south, always considered college baseball territory. Indeed, they were going to face #23 University of Florida twice in a four game tournament in Gainesville. Well, the team […]

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 […]