Former Illini catcher Davis joins Gators coaching staff

University of Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan announced the appointment of Lars Davis as volunteer assistant coach of the Gators baseball team.  Davis is of course, a former Illini catcher and was named Big Ten Player of the Year back in 2007.  A native of Canada, Lars Davis (shown right at the 2007 Big Ten Tournament) […]

Former Illini Lars Davis invited to Rockies camp

It’s getting close to that time of year.  In one week and change, the Illini baseball team will square off against Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.  The month of February means something else too.  Major League Baseball spring training is around the corner. That’s good news for at least one Illini.  It was officially announced that […]

Davis, Roark enjoying the sun and fun during Winter Ball

College days:  Lars Davis and Tanner Roark celebrate their win against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament in 2007 Illini baseball fans might want to keep an eye on off-season pro league action this year.  There are a couple former Illini playing this year. In the Arizona Fall League, 2007 Big Ten Player of the […]

Fall news roundup: Champaign minor league update, Davis to the AFL and someone got hitched

Those in the Champaign-Urbana area may already be aware that Champaign Mayor Don Gerard has his heart set on bringing a minor league baseball team to town.  Last Tuesday’s city council meeting, a proposal was narrowly passed to use city resources to study possible stadium site locations.  I attended the meeting and you can be […]

Former Illini start July hot in minor league play

Some former Illini in minors are starting out the month of July hot, it seems.  Monday was especially productive for U of I alum as a total of four had a key rbi hit that night. Josh Parr’s bat helped win the game for the Yakima Bears (Class A Diamondbacks) on Monday night.  His rbi […]

Quick look at former Illini in Spring Training

I was tipped off that former Illini catcher Lars Davis made his 2012 Spring Training debut last week for the Colorado Rockies.  That prompted me to check up on our other former Illini and see how they were faring so far during pre-season.  Since his start, Lars Davis has appeared in two games for Colorado […]

Former Illini show some power over 4th weekend

I’m a little late with this but some former Orange and Blue celebrated the Red, White and Blue this past 4th of July weekend. Former catcher Lars Davis (left with Illinois) had a fantastic game with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers’ record setting 17-5 performance at their new ONEOK Field.  He hit two homers and went […]

Six Hoosier homers doom Illinois

Indiana came touted as a team with power and at least for Hoosier fans, they disappoint this afternoon.  They defeated the Illini 11-5 with the help of six homeruns.  Indiana never had the huge inning… no more than than three runs in a frame.  Also, Illinois managed to separate their rallies with goose eggs.  Indiana […]

Some last minute weekend notes and is Tanner Libby a trend-setter?

A few last minute notes before the Illini start the Keith LeClair Classic tomorrow: According to, Illinois is going with the same starters from last weekend…. Will Strack, Brian de la Torriente, and Kevin Johnson.  Strack will have a tough job going against an East Carolina team that is ranked #21 right now.  Their […]

Lars Davis has big role in Nuts win

Former University of Illinois catcher Lars Davis has had rough second half with the Modesto Nuts at the Advanced A level but Wednesday night it looks like he’s beginning to make amends.  In front of a home crowd against the Bakersfield Blaze, he went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.  Davis also drove home a […]