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World Series teams featured former Illini in each of their last championships

World Series teams featured former Illini in each of their last championships

The Daily Illini sports staff
October 25, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

It has been a long time since the Cleveland Indians have won the World Series and even longer for the Chicago Cubs. Besides the championship droughts each team has endured, they also share another pretty big similarity. In their last championships — 1948 for the Indians and 1908 for the Cubs... Read more »

Daily Illini Sports Update: June 14

Daily Illini Sports Update: June 14

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
June 15, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Hello, I’m Ryan Wilson, and this is your Daily Illini Sports Update. Major league baseball scouts are taking notice of Illinois baseball. The Illini had four players selected in this year’s MLB draft. Two of those picks came in the first 10 rounds, including pitcher Cody Sedlock and catch... Read more »

J.D. Nielsen taken by the Angels

J.D. Nielsen taken by the Angels

Will Gerard, Staff Writer
June 11, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Another member of the Illinois battery was selected as left-handed pitcher J.D. Nielsen was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. Nielsen pitched out of the bullpen, utilizing his unorthodox submarine release from the left side. He finished the season 5-1 with 30 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in 30.0 innings... Read more »

Nick Blackburn taken by Diamondbacks

Nick Blackburn taken by Diamondbacks

Will Gerard, Staff Writer
June 11, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Blackburn was picked in the 16th round and is the third Illini to have his name called in the 2016 MLB Draft. The 479th overall selection was drafted last year in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees. Blackburn this year filled the void left by last year’s first round selection, Tyler Jay, in th... Read more »

Sedlock named on All-America first team

Sedlock named on All-America first team

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
June 7, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Cody Sedlock’s season was right on point, and Baseball America caught on. Baseball America, an online and print publication, named the pitcher to its All-America first team. Sedlock is the second righty in Illinois’ program history to make the team. This is also the second-straight year Illinois ha... Read more »

Sedlock named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year

Sedlock named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year

May 25, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois junior pitcher Cody Sedlock was announced as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and was a unanimous pick for All-Big Ten First Team. Sedlock led the conference in strikeouts with 116 overall and 75 in Big Ten play with 101 innings pitched. He becomes the fifth pitcher in Illinois history t... Read more »

Illinois baseball’s season ends with a series victory over Michigan

Illinois baseball’s season ends with a series victory over Michigan

Will Gerard, Staff Writer
May 21, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

Before today’s game had even begun, the Illini had already their postseason fate decided for them on Senior Day at Illinois Field. The team was eliminated from contention as Maryland stormed back from behind to defeat Michigan State, taking home two of three in East Lansing over the weekend. I... Read more »

Illini baseball rally late to keep postseason hopes alive

Illini baseball rally late to keep postseason hopes alive

May 20, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

After a miracle comeback in Champaign, the Illini were able to extend their Big Ten Tournament aspirations another day. The team’s prospects of qualifying for the tournament looked to be slipping away until the team somehow flipped a switch, responding in a big way despite a late ninth inning ... Read more »

Illini baseball fall short in a pitcher’s duel

Illini baseball fall short in a pitcher’s duel

Will Gerard, Staff Writer
May 19, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

The Illini lost the first in the three game series

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Illini baseball’s postseason fate to be decided this weekend

Illini baseball’s postseason fate to be decided this weekend

Will Gerard, Staff Writer
May 19, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

As the regular season comes to a conclusion, the Illini control their own destiny with a three game set beginning tonight in Champaign. Ignoring the various other possible scenarios, the only way the team can outright secure a spot in the eight-team tournament field is with a sweep of the Wolveri... Read more »

Illinois baseball: Year in Review

May 8, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Editor's note: The team was still playing at the time of print. Both coaches and players on the Illinois baseball team have stressed one word in particular when addressing their current season: inconsistency. “There’s days I think we take a step forward, and then there’s some days we’re med... Read more »

Calling the shots : Goldstein acts as Illinois’ on-the-field coach

Cole Henke, Staff reporter
May 8, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

On May 3 of last season, the Illinois baseball team held a four-run lead over Ohio State. When the bottom of the ninth came around, Illini catcher Jason Goldstein took his spot behind the plate. He looked up to see the Illini’s best pitcher – and soon-to-be sixth overall pick in the 2015 ... Read more »