IBR: a new look at top

I was looking up at the banner of Illinois Baseball Report a few weeks back and noticed it was about time to change it.  Three of the players, Jason Goldstein, Adam Walton and Cody Sedlock, have gone on to bigger and better things.    And while I liked Coach Hartleb’s photo from last year, he […]

5 things I learned from Saturday’s Illini baseball scrimmage

Last Saturday, the Illinois baseball players assembled on Illinois Field for a little friendly competition.  A half hour before the game was to start, there was quite a rain and the pitching mound was covered.  Things have a way of working out though.  At 10:40am, the sky cleared and for the most part, it was […]

How do you get to Omaha? Practice, practice, practice.

It’s a take on an old adage but it’s so appropriate in this context.  Before Big Ten games, before non-conference games and even before intrasquad scrimmages, it all comes down to practicing the fundamentals.  And that’s what the Illinois Baseball team started doing this past week at Illinois Field. Thursday was the team’s first practice […]

Illinois wins Terp series, inches toward tourney bid

Cody Sedlock: pitching the Illini to success Three games, two wins.  Now the Illini have an improved conference record of 9-9. Movin’ on up! Illinois (25-20, 9-9 Big Ten) comes home from Maryland (25-21, 10-8 Big Ten) with a big series win.  It was a low scoring weekend.  Illinois scored 10 runs in the three […]

Illinois manage one win against #19 Minnesota this weekend

Doug Hayes shuts down the #19 Gophers Friday night With a 14-6 drubbing by the Minnesota Golden Gophers (27-13, 11-3 Big Ten) on Sunday, Illinois (21-19, 7-8 Big Ten) lost the home series 1-2.  With the series over, Illinois slips to ninth place while Ohio State moves ahead of them again.  Here are the current […]

Series win over Buckeyes moves Illinois up in the conference standings

For the second weekend in a row, we had beautiful weather for baseball all three days.  After a marathon 15-inning 1-0 win by Illinois (20-17, 6-6 Big Ten) on Friday night featuring a historical performance by Cody Sedlock, Ohio State (25-14-1, 5-7 Big Ten) came back to win on Saturday.  However, Illinois won the rubber […]

Illinois invites Ohio State to town for BBQ and baseball

Cody Sedlock leads the B1G with 70 strikeouts After five straight non-conference wins, Illinois (18-16, 4-5 Big Ten) is ready to bring on the Big Ten conference again.  This weekend, they will host rival Ohio State Buckeyes (24-18-1, 4-5 Big Ten) at Illinois Field.  Both teams come into the weekend with a 4-5 conference record […]

Sweep! Illini take all three from the Billikens

Trent Hammond gets a high five as he scores on Sunday Wow!  What a beautiful sunny weekend!  It was perfect weather for baseball all three days and Illinois took advantage by sweeping the Saint Louis Billikens all three games.  With the sweep. Illinois now puts themselves above .500 with a 17-16 record.  Major highlights Trent […]

Despite offensive performances, Iowa is not heaven to Illinois

Doran Turchin’s grand slam on Saturday helped defeat Iowa Despite outscoring the Iowa Hawkeyes by a 16-12 margin this weekend, Illinois (13-16, 4-5 Big Ten) managed just one win in their three game series against Iowa (14-15, 5-4 Big Ten).  The Illini sandwiched their highest scoring game of the year in between two one-run losses.  […]

Hayes’ one-hitter highlights Saturday’s doubleheader with Penn State

Hayes improves to 3-2 with a one-hitter over Penn State Two fantastic starting performances by Illinois’ Doug Hayes and Cole Bellair resulted in just win in Saturday’s doubleheader with Penn State.  Hayes pitched the first complete game one-hitter by an Illini pitcher in nine years to win Game 1 by the score of 6-1.  Bellair […]