With 6-3 record, Illinois baseball still outplaying preseason forecast

Nick Blackburn leads the Big Ten with four saves Now that three weeks have passed, it’s worth a moment to take a peek at the Big Ten Baseball standings… Overall Conference W-L-T % W-L % Michigan State 8-1-0 .889 0-0 .000 Michigan 7-2-0 .778 0-0 .000 Minnesota 7-3-0 .700 0-0 .000 Illinois 6-3-0 .667 0-0 […]

Make some room on the mantle… Illinois sweeps Big Ten awards!

On the day before the Big Ten Tournament begins, the Illinois dominated the annual conference awards in a B1G way.  Three of the major individual awards went to the Orange and Blue.    Big Ten Player of the Year – David Kerian Avg: .383 HR: 13 RBI: 45 Firstbaseman Kerian led the Big Ten in […]

Poll Watch: Now at #12, Illinois baseball continues its climb

After a 5-0 week and a sweep against the Northwestern Wildcats, Illinois baseball (24-6-1) has risen in the national polls.  D1baseball once again places the Illini the highest at #12.  Here is the full list of polls and where Illinois is placed:   National Poll Illinois’ Ranking Previous Ranking NCBWA 18th 24th D1Baseball.com 12th 15th […]

Big Ten Baseball Tournament to return to Omaha in 2016 and 2018

The Big Ten Conference has been busy arranging venues for future Big Ten Baseball Tournaments, it seems.  With record breaking crowds at this year’s tournament at the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the conference has decided to return in two years and locked up dates for the 2016 and 2018 tournaments.  TD Ameritrade is the […]

Big Ten Records Book now updated

Drasen Johnson gets listed in the Records Book for leading the Big Ten in strikeouts in 2014 Admittedly, there isn’t a lot that goes on news-wise with Big Ten baseball in between the Orange and Blue World Series in the Fall and the Hot Stove Banquet in January.  This year is a bit different with […]

Week 2 Big Ten Baseball recap

  First of all, don’t forget to browse through Dewi Krug’s photos from last weekend’s Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach.  Great shots!  Friday’s game vs George Mason Saturday’s game vs Coastal Carolina Sunday’s game vs Connecticut Up top, that’s Dewi’s photo of Saturday’s winner, Drasen Johnson getting congrats from fellow pitcher Rob […]

Indiana tops Coaches’ poll; Kerian, Duchene and Muck voted as players to watch

Today it was announced that in the Big Ten baseball pre-season coaches’ poll, Indiana was picked as the #1 team in the conference.  Not only that, it was a unanimous choice.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Indiana is returning seven of their All-Big Ten winners from their team that made their run for the College World […]

Big Ten posts updated Record Book

Last week, the Big Ten has updated their Record Book.  For those who have not perused the Record Book, it’s a plethora of sports information such as yearly standings, yearly statistical team and individual records, awards, and 2013 Year in Review.  It’s really quite thorough in its treatment in all of Big Ten’s sports.  Of […]

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 […]

Kevin Duchene honored by Big Ten

Kevin Duchene brings home the trophies Congrats to Kevin Duchene who is putting more awards on the mantles of Illini players.  He not only garnered the Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week award but also Freshman of the Week as well.  Duchene pitched a complete game two-hit win on Friday night against Penn State.  Illinois […]