Illinois, Kravetz survive #24 Indiana 2-1

John Kravetz improves to 5-1 after his victory against #24 Indiana Behind the superb pitching of junior John Kravetz and a key hit by transfer Casey Fletcher, the Illini (23-16, 10-4 Big Ten) join Michigan as the only team to beat Indiana (27-12, 12-2 Big Ten) in conference play.  Reid Roper sets the table with […]

Illinois baseball news wrapup: Casey Fletcher, Roper marathon and Lindauer’s first pro dinger

After my summer trip to Alaska, I’m getting back in the swing of things.  Checking the news, it looks like the commitment of Casey Fletcher to the Illinois Baseball program is getting some media attention now.  The Champaign News-Gazette has a feature article on Casey and the familial connection with his dad, Darrin (left) who […]

Illini Baseball award roundup: they’re still comin’

Justin Parr:  still collecting trophies The 2013 University of Illinois baseball season is over but a few players are still raking in some awards it seems: Starter Kevin Duchene earned another Freshman All-American award.  After receiving the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honor from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Duchene garnered the Freshman All-American award from National Collegiate […]

Four Illini called in 2013 MLB Draft

Four University of Illinois Baseball players have been chosen in the 2013 MLB Draft.  Joining Justin Parr who was picked in the 8th round are three more Illini players, Jordan Parr, Thomas Lindauer and Kevin Johnson.  Taking a look at each player: Justin Parr Outfielder Philadelphia Phillies Round 8, Pick 241   As mentioned yesterday, […]

Illinois Baseball selected to Nashville Regionals!

Never say die.  There could always be another day.  This season’s Illinois Baseball team is moving forward! The 2013 season will continue for the Illinois Baseball team as they have been selected by the NCAA to move on to the Regional Tournament.  Despite their early exit from the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the NCAA Selection […]

Kravetz helps keep Illinois in the Tourney

John Kravetz’ win extends the Illini’s stay in Minneapolis With their backs up against the wall at the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois (34-17) came through.  Like yesterday, it was a tight, 3-2 ballgame but this time, Illinois came up on top.  They defeated Michigan (29-27) who are already eliminated from this year’s double-elimination tourney, losing […]

Justin Parr, Kevin Duchene and Co. honored by Big Ten

On the eve of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament opening day, the conference awards were announced and the Fighting Illini were represented quite well.  For starters, Illini players wrapped up two big awards.  First the big news, centerfielder Justin Parr was named Big Ten Player of the Year.  Following that up, starting pitcher Kevin Duchene […]

Illinois Baseball plans for extended stay in Minneapolis

Drasen Johnson gets the ‘W’ in Illinois’ clinching victory Illinois Baseball dropped their last game of the regular season to Minnesota but they still had plenty to be happy about.  With Friday’s 4-3 win over the Golden Gophers, the Orange and Blue will be advancing to the Big Ten Tournament next week.  After all was […]

Getting closer: Illini take game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday

Kevin Duchene comes through again versus Minnesota Kevin Duchene continues to pitch well as he won his eighth game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.  It was a key win as the Illini (32-15, 13-9 Big Ten) were facing a formidable pitcher in Tom Windle.  The Illinois offense managed to score four runs off Windle raising […]

Illini head north in hopes to clinch a postseason berth

Kevin Duchene will take the mound vs Minnesota on Thursday This weekend, Illinois heads north to Minneapolis to finish out the regular season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. While both teams both have 12 conference wins, the Gophers (12-6, 29-18 overall) have three less losses than Illinois (12-9, 31-15 overall) and are in a three-way […]