Brittain Resorts Invitational: Illini look for wins down south

Illinois Baseball is looking to make some ground this weekend at the Brittain Resorts Invitational in Conway, South Carolina.  Hosted by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, the Illini will get four games in and will try to improve on their 1-1 record after their shortened first weekend of the season.  Last…

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Illinois splits opening doubleheader

After a scheduling snafu, Illinois baseball split their opening doubleheader in St. Louis on Sunday.  It wasn’t easy. The original weekend series in Beaumont, Texas hosted by Lamar University was cancelled due to flight cancellations.  The Illinois baseball program re-scheduled with two new teams, South Dakota State and Austin Peay. …

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Update: Schedule chaos sorted out for Illinois baseball

I’m sure it’s been a hectic few days for the Illini baseball program.  Due to cancelled flights, the scheduled opening weekend games in Beaumont, Texas just aren’t going to happen.  Fortunately with a little collaboration, Illinois will play this weekend thanks to the help of host St. Louis University.  Hey…

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Opening weekend: Illini baseball fans looking at Lamar action this weekend!

[UPDATE] Schedule change:  Keep your eye on FightingIllini.com for pending changes. Hot Stove Banquet completed?  Check. Pre-season practice?  Check.  Promotional schedule in place?  Check. Fightingillini.com pre-season previews?  Check.  What’s left than to go out and win some ballgames, am I right?  Sure enough, this Friday starts the 2018 Fighting Illini…

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IBR mailbag: 2018 Illini pitching outlook

A couple of quick questions come from IBR reader Mark.  He asks: What does the pitching staff look like for 2018? What is the projected rotation pre opening? Before I answer, I will say this… Nothing is sure when it comes to college baseball.  I have asked Coach Hartleb similar…

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Bucky Dent highlights Illini Baseball’s Hot Stove Banquet

  Saturday night, the large conference center at the iHotel in Champaign was filled to capacity with Illinois baseball fans there to meet the 2018 baseball players, hear former Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent and help raise some money.  It’s an annual tradition called the Hot Stove Banquet which is sponsored…

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Illinois baseball rally against Sycamores falls short, 13-10

  It was hot day on Saturday with the temp reaching into the 90s.  Unfortunately, the Indiana State Sycamores offense got hot early and the Illini couldn’t recover.  The Illini were hurt by a Sycamore rally of eight runs in the second inning.  Illinois still made it an interesting game,…

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