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 […]

Chris Robinson hits his first homer for the Padres

After five hitless pinch hit at-bats with the San Diego Padres, former Illini catcher Chris Robinson got his due in the last game of the season. Robinson (seen left during his Illini days) made it count as it was a three-run dinger in his Padres’ 12-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Probably almost as important […]

Tanner Roark being compared to the best… but just let him pitch

Now it’s getting to the point where I hope the pressure doesn’t get to former Illini Tanner Roark…   pressure from the media as well as his coaching staff. From Nationals Pastime: Not only did (Nationals manager Davey) Johnson say that he views Roark above Jordan, who had a very impressive rookie season in his own […]

Former Illini Tanner Roark hits 7-0 for Nats

With a 7-0 record, Tanner Roark is quickly climbing the lists of former Illini pitchers with most wins.  No doubt, this is the quickest start any of them has gotten off to in such a short time.  Roark has won his seven games in just over a month.  His first game for the Nationals was […]

Tanner Roark: climbing the ranks of former U of I hurlers

It isn’t taking former Illini Tanner Roark long.  After just one month with the Washington Nationals, he already ranks 14th all-time among pitchers who hailed from the University of Illinois with five wins.   Rk From To W ▾ L W-L% 1 Ken Holtzman 1965 1979 174 150 .537 2 Cy Falkenberg 1903 1917 130 […]

Former Illini Roark drawing some favorable comparisons in the bigs

Former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark is now 5-0 with a microscopic 0.94 ERA since being called up by the Washington Nationals last month.  More importantly, he earning glowing praise from his teammates AND his manager, Davey Johnson.  After his latest victory on Saturday, a six inning scoreless effort, Johnson drew some complimentary comparisons to Roark, […]

The Fall Semester cometh and Roark is lights out for the Nats

The last couple of days have been move-in days for the students as they get ready for the new semester at the University of Illinois.  First classes begin this coming Monday (study hard, players!) If past years are any indication, the Illinois baseball team will be getting some practice in at both the Irwin Center […]

Former Illini Tanner Roark already making a difference in the bigs

It didn’t take long for former Illini Tanner Roark to make a splash in the majors.  Only a couple days after getting called up to the Washington Nationals, he made his first appearance and was even featured on a highlight video on MLB.com for a defensive play against the Braves.  Roark who pitched for the […]

11-19 Purdue Boilermakers roll into town this weekend

  David Kerian and the rest of the Illini hope to gain some ground in the Big Ten this weekend Illinois has their chance to improve on their 2-4 Big Ten record this weekend as the Purdue Boilermakers come to town.  While the Illini’s 2-4 record is nothing to write home about, consider that they’ve […]

Davis, Roark enjoying the sun and fun during Winter Ball

College days:  Lars Davis and Tanner Roark celebrate their win against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament in 2007 Illini baseball fans might want to keep an eye on off-season pro league action this year.  There are a couple former Illini playing this year. In the Arizona Fall League, 2007 Big Ten Player of the […]