Comeback! Illinois wins a wild one against Michigan State 5-4

David Kerian is welcomed back to the dugout by starting pitcher Drasen Johnson after scoring the winning run As some of the Illinois baseball “oldtimers” who have shown up for this weekend’s alumni festivities can attest, there something about a Illinois-Michigan State series. Adam Walton slaps a triple to drive home Ryan Nagle The first […]

More photos from Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet

Just a few more fun photos I took at last night’s Fighting Illini Baseball Hot Stove Banquet.  Photo op before the event.  From left to right, Dugout Club President Jon Swenson, Chris Robinson and Coach Dan Hartleb.   Former Illini Chris Robinson and Kyle Hudson greet each other at the Banquet   The Dugout Club’s […]

Illini play host to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this weekend

OF Will Krug leads the Illini in runs scored with 20 Illinois Baseball will finish out the month of March with a non-conference series this weekend against the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies are coming off an 0-4 sweep at the hands of the Michigan State.  Meanwhile, Illinois (14-6, 1-2 Big Ten) hope to […]

My favorite photos from the 2011 Illinois Baseball season

Throughout the 2011 Illinois baseball season, there have been photos that I go back to and think “I really like that picture”.  Some may not have made it into an IBR article but for one reason or another I find qualities in it that make me think it’s worth seeing. Technically, they may not be […]

Illinois, Anderson defeat Kansas St 5-3 to keep them in Regionals

Through two games, the University of Illinois baseball team is hanging in the first round of the NCAA Regionals.  This comes after defeating Kansas State Saturday night 5-3 behind a formidable effort by starter John Anderson who only gave up one earned run in eight innings. Let’s take a quick look at both games of […]

Six Illini placed on All-Tournament Team

From all communications from Columbus, the mood is obviously high in the Illini camp.  Let me say from someone who has covered this team for the last five years, I’ve never seen a team put it together the way this Illinois team has.  Between you, me, and the Internet, I wasn’t sure what this team […]

To the Regionals! Illinois wins the Big Ten Tournament!

In their second straight game against Michigan State, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini baseball team clinched their first Big Ten Tournament championship since 2000 by defeating the Spartans 9-1. Starting pitcher Corey Kimes threw a career high 9 innings and seven strikeouts and seemed to have the Spartans fooled.  Giving up no walks on […]

Anderson masterful as Illini cruise to 4-1 win over MSU

No comeback today.  No dramatic walk-offs in the ninth inning.  Not even a stray cat made its way onto the field tonight.  The Illini just cruised to a victory over their co-conference title holders Michigan State in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament by the score of 4-1. We can thank starter John Anderson (right) for […]

Yes, Illinois pulls another comeback: win 5-4 vs Ohio State

Ho hum… another walk-off win for the Illini.  What else is new? Hehe, I can’t pull that complacent shtick off, I am psyched as all get out.  Maybe I got worried a bit watching the Illinois-Ohio State game on my friend’s wide screen TV in his basement but I’ll tell you this:  When we were […]

Some quick pre-game links

Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago has a nice piece on Pete Cappetta and his comeback in the second half.  Definitely check it out. The Chicago Tribune interviewed walk-off hero Matt Dittman The Daily Illini has a couple of interesting articles.  One on the missing trophy (stupid policy in my opinion) and another preview of the […]