Chris Robinson a hit at Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet

It was a snowy Saturday afternoon but that didn’t keep throngs of Illinois Baseball fans from packing the Conference Center at the I Hotel in Champaign for the 2014 Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet.  The room was full of excitement and fun. Former Illini catcher Chris Robinson was the keynote speaker for the night and […]

Parr brothers help Peoria Chiefs with tornado relief online auction

The Cardinals’ Class A affiliate Peoria Chiefs are holding an online auction to benefit those affected by the recent tornado damage in Central Illinois.  "The response on the auction front has been outstanding," said Chiefs director of media relations and baseball operations Nathan Baliva. Items up for auction range from a baseball signed by Hall […]

Illini Baseball award roundup: they’re still comin’

Justin Parr:  still collecting trophies The 2013 University of Illinois baseball season is over but a few players are still raking in some awards it seems: Starter Kevin Duchene earned another Freshman All-American award.  After receiving the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honor from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Duchene garnered the Freshman All-American award from National Collegiate […]

Four Illini called in 2013 MLB Draft

Four University of Illinois Baseball players have been chosen in the 2013 MLB Draft.  Joining Justin Parr who was picked in the 8th round are three more Illini players, Jordan Parr, Thomas Lindauer and Kevin Johnson.  Taking a look at each player: Justin Parr Outfielder Philadelphia Phillies Round 8, Pick 241   As mentioned yesterday, […]

Justin Parr chosen by Phillies in 8th round

As suspected, Illinois OF Justin Parr was drafted in the Major League draft today.  He didn’t place too shabby.  He was the 241st player taken in today’s draft.  He was picked in the 8th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Only 14 Illini players have been selected higher than the 8th round in the history of […]

Kravetz helps keep Illinois in the Tourney

John Kravetz’ win extends the Illini’s stay in Minneapolis With their backs up against the wall at the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois (34-17) came through.  Like yesterday, it was a tight, 3-2 ballgame but this time, Illinois came up on top.  They defeated Michigan (29-27) who are already eliminated from this year’s double-elimination tourney, losing […]

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 […]

Illinois Baseball plans for extended stay in Minneapolis

Drasen Johnson gets the ‘W’ in Illinois’ clinching victory Illinois Baseball dropped their last game of the regular season to Minnesota but they still had plenty to be happy about.  With Friday’s 4-3 win over the Golden Gophers, the Orange and Blue will be advancing to the Big Ten Tournament next week.  After all was […]

Illini head north in hopes to clinch a postseason berth

Kevin Duchene will take the mound vs Minnesota on Thursday This weekend, Illinois heads north to Minneapolis to finish out the regular season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. While both teams both have 12 conference wins, the Gophers (12-6, 29-18 overall) have three less losses than Illinois (12-9, 31-15 overall) and are in a three-way […]

Illini sweep Penn State!

Celebration after Saturday’s win!   Illinois got the job done this weekend!  A three-game sweep is what the team needed against the Penn State Nittany Lions and that’s what they got.  With an 8-6 win on Saturday and a comeback 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Illini improve their conference record to 12-9 and more importantly, […]