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Baseball team completes intra-squad series as winter break approaches

Junior Ryan Hampe runs the bases during the Orange and Blue series on Nov. 2. Hampe hit .500 in the series.
November 19, 2020

At the beginning of November, the Illinois baseball team competed in several intra-squad practice games, dubbed the Orange and Blue series. These games took the place of normally scheduled exhibition games...

Illinois athletics receives National Letters of Intent from dozens of athletes on Signing Day

The Illinois volleyball team huddles up in a match against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019. The volleyball team was one of the many Illinois programs to have players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
November 11, 2020

The NCAA’s national signing period for high school athletes of all sports except football began on Nov. 11. Today, dozens of athletes from across the country signed their National Letter of Intent to...

Mark Allen reflects on year one with Illini

Illinois pitching coach Mark Allen poses for a professional headshot on Oct. 8, 2019. Allen joined the team one year ago.
October 7, 2020

Illinois pitching coach Mark Allen was hired one year ago and has already made an impact as the team looks to bring a Big Ten championship back to Champaign. Allen came aboard last October following the...

Dan Hartleb eager to coach son for first time

Illinois baseball Head Coach Dan Hartleb speaks with the umpires before a game.
October 4, 2020

Zak Hartleb, Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb’s 20-year-old son, will be making his way onto the Illinois baseball team’s 2021 roster for his junior year. After spending two years playing baseball at...

Hartleb looks to keep team on track for spring

Illinois former pitching coach Drew Dickinson makes a visit to the mound during the game against Milwaukee at the Illinois Field on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
September 25, 2020

Baseball is underway for the Illini as new procedures and guidelines have taken the forefront of a fall season that has a slightly different look to it. While college football is giving a go at a regular...

Illini baseball reaches new heights over summer break

Illinois pitcher Garrett Acton delivers the pitch during the game against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on May 23, 2019. Due to COVID-19, the Illini baseball team will not participate in fall exhibition games.
August 24, 2020

With the Big Ten postponing all fall sports due to COVID-19, the Illinois baseball team won’t be able to participate in their fall exhibition games and will instead look to the spring and hope their...

Former Illini Joey Gerber makes MLB debut

Illinois pitcher Joey Gerber (35) delivers the pitch during the game against Rutgers at Illinois Field on Friday, April 13, 2018
August 6, 2020

Former Illini closer Joey Gerber pitched in his first Major League game with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Gerber entered in the sixth inning in a contest against the Angels which took place at T-Mobile...

Remembering Lou Henson: Former Illini, friends honor late Illinois legend

Former Illinois basketball head coach Lou Henson signs autographs for fans before the game against Penn State at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The Illini lost 63-24.
July 31, 2020

Lou Henson is not only a legend in the Illinois and New Mexico State basketball communities but in all of college basketball. Henson, who passed away Saturday at the age of 88, will, more importantly,...

Starting pitchers exceptional for Illini in recent years

Junior Kevin Duchene winds up for a pitch during competition in the 2015 season.
July 29, 2020

Looking at the Illinois baseball team’s success over the years, quality starting pitching is a consistent factor in each winning season. Head coach Dan Hartleb will have to work his magic to shore up...

Opening day has finally arrived

Chicago Cubs center fielder Ian Happ wears a mask in the dugout on July 20, 2020 during an exhibition game at Guaranteed Rate Park.
July 24, 2020

Better late than never, right? After a four-month hiatus thanks to the coronavirus, the first MLB regular season games were played last night. With only 60 games on the schedule, the stakes are a lot higher...

Baseball America ranks Maldonado as top 100 draft prospect

Junior Aidan Maldonado  throws a pitch during competition.
July 21, 2020

Illinois junior Aidan Maldonado ranked No. 77 on Baseball America’s top 100 2021 draft prospects list this week. Maldonado was drafted out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. The 5-11 righty...

Illini bullpen impresses in 2010s

Senior Garrett Acton winds up for a pitch during competition.
July 17, 2020

Illinois saw much success over the last decade with four NCAA tournament appearances, two Big Ten Championships and one Super Regional appearance in 2015. A major factor to the last decade’s fortune...

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