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Illinois looks to stay undefeated in second series

Illinois looks to stay undefeated in second series

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois will continue its road swing in Boca Raton, Florida, for a three-game series against Florida Atlantic Friday through Sunday. The Illini are still riding the momentum from their 3-0 season start in North Carolina last weekend; however, the Owls are coming into the weekend with identical cred...

Baseball opening weekend notebook

Baseball opening weekend notebook

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sport Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini swept their season-opening campaign in North Carolina, besting Georgetown, Wake Forest and Sacred Heart 11-3, 5-2 and 4-0, respectively. With the early season grind underway, which will see the Illini on the road for nearly the entire first month of the season, the team will have plenty o...

Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 18, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

by Meghan Rest Assistant sports editor The Illinois baseball team opened its spring campaign with an 11-3 win over Georgetown Friday night. The Illini earned victories over the Hoyas, No. 20 Wake Forest  and Sacred Heart during the three-game series in Winston-Salem, N.C. “It’s everybody’s...

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

It’s well past normal practice hours on January 10, 2015, and the Bo Jackson Dome in Lockport, Illinois is almost empty. Almost. Within the empty belly of the dome, a lone 17-year-old kid sits propped up between a blue plastic curtain and a thin support beam. His Chicago Blackhawks ball cap is...

Illinois players make list of top MLB prospects

Illinois players make list of top MLB prospects

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Big Ten predictions, off-season rankings Illinois is projected to finish fourth behind Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana respectively in the Big Ten according to D1Baseball.com’s preseason rankings. The site also projected junior second baseman Michael Massey and junior right-handed pitcher Cyrillo Watson in t...

Aruba series ends with cup title

Aruba series ends with cup title

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

November 26, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois took its second international trip in school history over fall break and made NCAA history. The Illini took off Nov. 18 for a six-day, six-game series in Curacao and Aruba. NCAA rules limit teams to one international trip every four years, and Illinois’ island outing followed the program’s...

Atkins donation to fund baseball training center

Atkins donation to fund baseball training center

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois’ baseball program is getting an $8 million upgrade. Athletic director Josh Whitman announced the construction of the Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center, scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2021, Tuesday morning during a press conference. The construction of the 26,...

Exhibitions mark fall training start

Exhibitions mark fall training start

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

While the Illinois baseball season doesn’t officially begin until February, the team is taking care of business as usual. This fall, Illinois hosted two exhibition games against Eastern Illinois and Indiana State, with both lasting 14 innings. Illinois also continued playing fall ball last week ...

Turchin looks ahead to pro career, reflects on time at Illinois

Turchin looks ahead to pro career, reflects on time at Illinois

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 23, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

When Illinois baseball’s Doran Turchin was selected in the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, it signaled the end of an era. Turchin, an All-Big Ten third team selection, is coming off a strong season with Illinois, posting a .272 batting average (fifth on the team) along with nine home runs (th...

Illini closer Gerber selected by Mariners in eighth round of MLB Draft

Illini closer Gerber selected by Mariners in eighth round of MLB Draft

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Make that two Illini players selected in the MLB Draft on Tuesday. Reliable closer Joey Gerber joined teammate Bren Spillane in the professional ranks when he was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the eighth round of the draft (pick No. 238). Gerber tied the program’s record for single saves in...

Spillane drafted by Cincinnati Reds in third round, highest picked position player in Illinois baseball history

Spillane drafted by Cincinnati Reds in third round, highest picked position player in Illinois baseball history

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

After a historic season where Illinois first baseman Bren Spillane cemented himself into program history and was named 2018 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Year, he has officially become a pro. Spillane was picked Tuesday by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round with the 82nd o...

Illinois falls out of Big Ten Tournament, set sights toward NCAA Tournament

Illinois falls out of Big Ten Tournament, set sights toward NCAA Tournament

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

May 26, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois baseball team's run through the Big Ten Tournament slipped through its mitt Saturday afternoon when poor defensive play helped guide Purdue to an 11-5 victory. The first inning saw both teams get on the board fast. Purdue catcher Nick Dalesandro wasted no time getting around the bases,...

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