Cast your vote for former Illini Tanner Roark

Looks like Tanner Roark is on the MLB GIBBY ballot for Breakout Pitcher of 2014.  The best part is that you can do your part and cast your vote for the former Illini hurler. After a very limited 2013 season, Roark went 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA for the Washington Nationals helping them to the […]

Former Illini Roark helps Nats clinch NL East

Any question as to former Illini Tanner Roark’s ability to pitch under pressure has now been put to rest.  Roark’s win for Washington Wednesday night clinched the NL East for the Nats with an 87-63 record.  He did it in style too, pitching seven shutout innings and not allowing a single walk. MLB.com’s wrap-up of […]

Former Illini Roark makes a visit home

Seems former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark who is now pitching for the Washington Nationals, is making the headlines more and more.  CBS Chicago covered Roark’s return to Illinois as he took on the Chicago Cubs today.  Roark is a Wilmington High School alum so there were some friendly faces in the crowd.  Unfortunately for Roark, […]

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 […]