Roof moves up to AAA ball, 2-4 in debut for Mudhens

There’s good news coming from former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof.  He’s now playing AAA baseball.  The Tigers’ affiliate Toledo Mudhens now have Shawn on the team and given his performance in his first game, they might be happy they do.  He went 2 for 4 in his AAA debut!  Nice going, Shawn! In case anyone […]

Illini end season with 16-6 loss to Indiana

Today, Illinois closed out the 2010 season with a 16-6 loss against Indiana.  It was a classic Hoosier victory with sixteen runs and seventeen hits (although only one homerun).  Senior Kevin Manson took the loss.  Indiana knocked Manson around pretty well.   They scored six runs (five earned) in three innings.  This evens Manson’s record at […]

Timely hitting, defense keys 10-8 win over Penn State

Aaron Johnson slides in to score in Illinois’ big six-run first inning When I woke up today, I wasn’t sure we weren’t going to have a ballgame.  It was raining and I heard thunder every so often.  Thankfully, the clouds parted by about 2pm and we had about the most beautiful day possible for baseball.  […]

Illinois baseball goes on Spring Break

It’s Spring Break next week.  While most students here will be going on vacation and having fun, the Illini baseball team will be heading to West Haven, Florida, what used to be the spring training home of the Cleveland Indians.  West Haven’s Chain of Lakes will be put to good use next week as Illinois […]

As promised, some baseball photos from 2006

A couple days ago, I posted some photos from 2005 that I had not seen for a long while.  As promised, here are some from 2006 I also ran across. Again, these photos are not the best quality but definitely valuable from an archive perspective.  Enjoy.   Shawn Roof at bat against the Hawkeyes (4/22/06) […]

2005 photos of Illini baseball

I ran across some old photographs on my system that not been previously posted.  By old I mean 2005, before I started blogging about the team.  To put this into historical context, this was the year that Illinois won the Big Ten Championship.  It was also Coach Itch Jones’ last year. These photos actually have […]

Double-A homerun for Roof is a first

There’s a first time for everything and no one knows that more than former Illini infielder Shawn Roof.  Last night in the very last game of the Erie Seawolves’ regular season, Roof hit his very first home run in professional and college play.  His homerun came against the Akron Aeros in the 2nd inning.  Unfortunately, […]

Four birthdays

Shawn Roof It’s Birthday time for Illini baseball players!  Today, on August 3, four former Illini will celebrate birthdays.  Happy Birthday to Ryan Hastings, Ty Milner, Shawn Roof and Scott Shaw.  Milner and Shaw were even born on the exact day.  So if you know any of these guys, wish them a good one!! Tags: […]

Shawn Roof gives props to brother Eric

SS Shawn Roof dogging baserunner and brother Eric Roof in a 2007 MSU-ILL game "It’s awesome, it’s the coolest thing ever.  He’s worked his tail off, and not too many people get to say they have a brother who plays minor-league baseball as well. Now, he gets to play in the same organization. Hopefully, he […]

Shawn Roof hustling in AA

Former Illinois SS Shawn Roof is really hitting the ball lately in the minors.  After starting out with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, he advanced to AA earlier this year and is playing for the Erie Seawolves.  Since then, he’s really come on.  He went 4 for 5 with two triples in Tuesday’s game against the […]