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Another college baseball program falls victim to virus

Senior Joey Gerber throws a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

July 9, 2020

Boise State announced the elimination of its baseball, swimming and diving programs last week. Just three years ago, the Broncos decided to reactivate their baseball team after decades of dormancy dating back to 1980. "Today's decision came after an extensive review and in-depth analysis of the athletics...

Former Illini closer Joey Gerber named to Seattle Mariners’ 60-man roster

Senior Joey Gerber throws a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

July 2, 2020

Prior to the announcement of Garrett Acton signing with the Athletics, Joey Gerber, another former Illini closer, was named to the Seattle Mariners’ 60-man roster on Monday. The Maple Grove, Minnesota, native ranks fourth on Illinois’s all-time saves list with 22 over three seasons. Gerber broke...

Garrett Acton heads to Bay Area

Senior Garrett Acton winds up for a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 30, 2020

Illinois closer Garrett Acton is the latest Illini senior to move on to a professional career. Following the 2020 MLB draft, the Oakland Athletics offered Acton a free agent contract which he accepted two weeks ago. Acton’s time at Illinois was brief but impactful. Following his sophomore year,...

MLB finally gets 2020 plan in motion

A baseball with the MLB logo sits at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 25, 2020

As if the cancellation of sporting events due to a global pandemic wasn’t enough, MLB owners and the Player’s Association finally wrapped up months of negotiations that were both uncomfortable to watch and embarrassing for the game. For a sport that desperately needed a pick-me-up before the clock...

Former Illini pitcher Ty Weber signs with San Francisco Giants as undrafted free agent

Senior Ty Weber steps into a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 17, 2020

Former Illinois pitcher Ty Weber received a phone call from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday with a free agent contract offer. After months of wondering what the future would hold and whether or not he would be returning to Illinois for an extra season, Weber talked it over with his parents and, after...

Illini baseball Kirscheiper receives freshman All-American honor

Freshman Pitcher Cole Kirschsieper throws a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 11, 2020

Last Tuesday, Collegiate Baseball released its list of Freshmen All-Americans from the 2020 baseball season. Among the outstanding performances on the season was Illinois pitcher Cole Kirscheiper, who was one of 18 freshmen starting pitchers to be named on the list. Over four appearances in his inaugu...

Two Division 1 universities cut baseball programs

A baseball with the MLB logo sits at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

Bob Moosbrugger, the athletic director of Bowling Green State University, announced that his athletic department will be eliminating the school’s baseball program in wake of heavy financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. The same decision was made by Furman University, who announced that in addition...

MLB proposes universal designated hitter, 82-game season

A baseball with the MLB logo sits at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

May 16, 2020

Baseball has been on hiatus for over two months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to trudge along. Despite the virus and all of its complications, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred floated a plan for baseball to return over to the MLB Player’s Association on Tuesday. This proposal will...

Dosunmu, Quade win Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year awards

Senior Jacqueline Quade and Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu were named Dicke Eddleman Athletes of the Year on Wednesday.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 14, 2020

Illinois men’s basketball guard Ayo Dosunmu and women’s volleyball outside hitter Jacqueline Quade were named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year for their past season performances. The award is named after Dike Eddleman, who garnered 11 varsity letters at Illinois. Dosunmu became the first male b...

Best Illini uniforms: Blue-gray threads highlight Illinois baseball’s 2020 combinations

Junior Taylor Jackson and Freshman Danny Doligale celebrate during the match against Elon on March 8.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 12, 2020

Illinois sports teams all typically have clean, simple uniforms. The Illini baseball team has followed that style with very standard uniforms consisting of orange, blue, white and gray colors. The Illini have five consistent shirts they rotate and three different pants. Like every team at Illinois,...

Countless unknowns surround the MLB season

Dodger Stadium sits empty in Los Angeles on March 25, 2020.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

May 2, 2020

Many people, including myself, are clinging to the possibility of Major League Baseball getting underway sometime in the near future. For this to happen, there are several issues that need to be evaluated extensively to ensure safety and minimize complications. With that being said, managing expecta...

Team of the century: 2015 Illini baseball reign supreme

Pitcher Tyler Jay follows through on a throw as Infielder Ryne Roper readies himself for the play during the match against Michigan State on March 30, 2015.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

April 25, 2020

The team of the century for Illinois baseball is undoubtedly the one that manned Illinois Field in 2015. With a dominant regular-season record of 50-10-1, this team gave Illinois its 30th Big Ten Baseball Championship, its 13th winning record since 2000 and arguably its best season in the program...

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