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Hartleb, Acton pick up preseason honors

Hartleb, Acton pick up preseason honors

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

January 7, 2020

Illinois baseball earned two more preseason accolades with a little over a month before the 2020 season begins. Senior pitcher Garrett Acton was named to the Perfect Game All-American preseason second team and head coach Dan Hartleb was dubbed D1Baseball’s Big Ten Coach of the Decadeon Tuesday. The a...

Garrett Acton earns preseason All-American nod

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 18, 2019

Illinois' right-handed reliever Garrett Acton earned a spot on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-America second team following his junior season with the Illini. The All-American closer put up a 2.18 ERA, .127 batting average against and 95 strikeouts last season, all of which were team bests....

Illinois adds former MLB pitching coordinator Mark Allen to coaching staff

Illinois adds former MLB pitching coordinator Mark Allen to coaching staff

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

October 10, 2019

The Illinois baseball team named former San Francisco Giants’ pitching coordinator Mark Allen as the program’s pitching coach, head coach Dan Hartleb announced Tuesday.  Allen joins the Illini following nine seasons in professional baseball and nine seasons working with college programs.   “I (am) ...

Illini close fall season 2-1

Illini close fall season 2-1

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

Illinois baseball closed out its shortfall season with a 15-3 win over the Great Lakes Canadians. The Illini previously hosted Indiana State in an 8-2 loss on Sept. 28 and traveled to Butler on Sept. 14, winning 16-6. While coming out of the fall 2-1 is a positive, head coach Dan Hartleb said before...

Hartleb introduces Canadian club team to Illinois

Hartleb introduces Canadian club team to Illinois

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

September 30, 2019

Our friendly neighbors to the north are best known for maple syrup, universal health care, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and for being home to the 2019 NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors.  Canadian athletic programs often venture down past their southern border to compete against American teams — an...

Snarskis transitions from teammate to coach

Snarskis transitions from teammate to coach

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

For the first time in his baseball career, former Illinois pitcher Quinn Snarskis isn’t stretching during warm-ups or waiting for reps in the bullpen. Instead, he’s conversing with the coaches on practice plans or analyzing the young Illini pitchers. Just one year removed from his playing career, Snarskis is ...

Illini optimistic after offseason progress

Illini optimistic after offseason progress

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

September 12, 2019

After a disappointing end to the best season since 2015, Illinois baseball has taken the summer to reflect on the four straight postseason losses in the spring. With a chip on their shoulder and unfinished business, the Illini have used the off months as a catalyst for growth. Nine Illini played in...

Seven Illini sign with MLB, tie second-largest draft year

Seven Illini sign with MLB, tie second-largest draft year

June 23, 2019

Following the MLB draft earlier in June, seven Illini have signed contracts with professional teams, including six drafted members of the Illinois baseball team and one free agent. The six draft picks tied the second-place record for most in a single draft for Illinois. Michael Massey was the first...

Colorado Rockies draft Yalowitz in 10th round

Colorado Rockies draft Yalowitz in 10th round

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

June 4, 2019

Senior Illini outfielder Jack Yalowitz was selected in the 10th round by the Colorado Rockies. The 309th overall pick was the second Illini taken in the MLB draft after junior Michael Massey was taken in the fourth round by the Kansas City Royals. “Lets. Go!!! Been an honor to play with this guy. Incredible r...

Kansas City Royals draft Michael Massey

Kansas City Royals draft Michael Massey

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

June 4, 2019

With the 109th overall pick in the fourth round of the MLB draft, the Kansas City Royals selected Illinois’ junior second baseman Michael Massey. Massey is the highest-selected middle infielder in Illinois history and became yet another Illini drafted within the first four rounds of the draft i...

Baseball drops two at NCAA regional

Baseball drops two at NCAA regional

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

June 2, 2019

It wasn’t the ending Illinois baseball was looking for in the postseason. Illinois was eliminated from the Oxford, Mississippi, NCAA regional on Saturday after a 7-5 loss to Jacksonville State. The game was the Illini’s chance at redemption after losing in the opening round of regional play to the C...

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

May 30, 2019

On Wednesday, 1,824 students were named to the spring Big Ten Academic All-Conference team, eligibility determined by varsity-team status, full-time student status and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. From the University, a total of 73 spring student-athletes were selected. Baseball David Craan Casey D...

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