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…

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Illini 2016 Draft Roundup: Sedlock, Goldstein, Blackburn and Nielsen chosen

Cody Sedlock: another first round draft choice from the Illini The Illinois baseball program had some big shoes to fill after last year’s draft.  A total of nine players were drafted from the 2015 team which won the Big Ten championship and went on to the Super Regionals.  That said,…

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No tourney but Illinois baseball ends 2016 on winning note

Illinois won their last two games against Michigan but it just wasn’t enough.  Going into the last game, their fate was in the hands of Michigan State and the Spartans let them down.  As a result, Illinois will not be going to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament next week.  This…

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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…

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Illinois baseball drop last two in wild, windy series against Cornhuskers

LF Dan Rowbottom improves to .292 for the season Illinois (11-14, 3-3 Big Ten) had plenty of chances to win every game this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-8, 5-1 Big Ten).  Unfortunately, the good guys came home with one Friday night victory.  Both teams were plagued by the windy…

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Hat Trick! Illinois win all three at Stetson Invitational

Anthony Drago was 3 for 4 with a HR vs. Villanova If every weekend could go like this past one for Illinois baseball, I’m sure Coach Hartleb wouldn’t mind.  Not only did the Illini sweep all three games at the Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Florida but everything seemed to click. …

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Series win against FGCU brings Illinois baseball back to .500

Jason Goldstein is 10 for 24 through two weeks Illinois displayed a significantly better showing this weekend against weekend against Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  At least, the won-loss record looks a lot better.  With two wins to start the weekend and a very close loss on Sunday,…

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Coach Hartleb’s opening week press conference emphasizes peer leadership, flexibility

Eight floors above the snow-covered football field of Memorial Stadium, there was talk of baseball over the lunch hour.  Catcher Jason Goldstein, pitcher JD Nielsen, and head coach Dan Hartleb came to talk to the local sports media about the Illinois baseball program at the expansive media box atop of…

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How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 3

Jason Goldstein hit .323 for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League So far we’ve gotten a look at the former Illini in the minors this summer.  That included a look at the very special draftee Class of 2015 in their first summer of pro ball. However, our current Illinois…

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