Fall 2017 schedule includes two Illinois baseball matchups

Time was, the fall semester didn’t see much Illinois Baseball action outside of one intrasquad series.  Sure, they held daily practice out on Illinois Field which culminated with the annual Orange and Blue World Series but that was about it.  Seems that things are changing.  This fall, in addition to the usual baseball activities, Illinois […]

Dates for Illinois Baseball’s Orange and Blue World Series scheduled!

From the looks of it, the guys have been having fun with the intrasquad scrimmages the past two Saturdays.  But check it out!  Scrimmages are just scrimmages but next week, the real Orange and Blue World Series takes place.  Then, things are going down.  Three games are scheduled next week.  According to FightingIllini.com, the dates […]

Blue v. Orange: Another open scrimmage set for Saturday

This Saturday, they’ll be at it again.  After having so much fun last weekend, Illinois baseball’s Orange Team and Blue Team will battle it out this coming Saturday during another open scrimmage at Illinois Field.  What:  Open scrimmage Where:  Illinois Field When:  September 17 at 10:40am (gates open at 9:00am for batting practice) Cost:  Free! […]

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 […]

Open scrimmage scheduled for Saturday!

Big news, everyone!  This Saturday (September 10th) at 10:40am, the Illinois Baseball team will host an intrasquad scrimmage game.  The guys have been out at Illinois Field working on their fundamentals and a little friendly competition is probably in order.  Gates will open at 9am if you want to enter and watch some batting practice.  […]

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 […]

Illini baseball roster updated for the 2017 season

The Illinois baseball roster has now been updated for the 2017 season!  Some quick numbers  33 total players 21 returning from the 2016 season 12 new players 11 out-of-state players 6 left-handed pitchers 10 right-handed pitchers 6 players who can pitch and play another position   Illinois will be losing three key position players from […]

Prepping for DR: Illini baseball practice in November

  Catcher Kelly Norris-Jones awaits the cutoff throw Baseball in November at Illinois Field.  There’s a first for everything.  The Illini were at practice today getting warmed up for their trip to the Dominican Republic.  They’ll be leaving for a week on November 22nd.  For those interested, there is a drive to collect baseball gloves […]

Illini Baseball team takes practice at Illinois Field this week

This week, the Illinois baseball team have been practicing out at Illinois Field.  On Thursday afternoon, I took off work early and observed the guys in action.  While I was there, I snapped a few shots.  I was especially interested to see this person.  This is newly installed assistant Coach Spencer Allen.  He has big […]

Fall semester is here and so is a new banner

It’s the fall semester now at the University of Illinois. As is the tradition with the Illinois Baseball Report this time of year, I’ve replaced the banner photo with up to date photos (and players!).  I do put some thought into who goes up top but it’s certainly not a scientific formula.  I tend to […]