The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Former Illini baseball player Nathan Lavender walks off the field after pitching three outs on April 18 against Purdue. Nathan Lavender will now be playing in the MLB with the New York Mets.

Former Illini Nate Lavender adjusts to life as a pro

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

In early July, the 2021 MLB Draft took place, as all...

Illinois pitcher Nathan Lavender stands near the dugout prior to the game against Purdue on April 18. Lavender and teammate Andrew Hoffmann were selected in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Andrew Hoffmann, Nathan Lavender selected in 2021 MLB Draft

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

The 2021 MLB draft wrapped up after its third day,...

Justin Janas walks through the dugout during the game against Purdue April 18. Five players from the Illini baseball team will made the All-Big Ten team this season.

Five Illini earn spots on All-Big Ten teams

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

The Big Ten announced its All-Big Ten honors, and the...

Junior Kellen Sarver catches the baseball at first base against Maryland May 7. Sarver says the team will strike first like they have been for their game against Rutger May 28.

Illinois prepares for Rutgers in pivotal final series of regular season

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

In his fourth season with the Illini, Kellen Sarver...

Senior Jackson Raper rounds second base and attempts to reach third during the game against Purdue. The Illinois baseball team closed out their final homestand with a series win over Penn State.

Illinois closes out final homestand with series win over Penn State

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

Head coach Dan Hartleb was eyeing Kellen Sarver and...

Freshman Clayton Johnson pitches on May 7 against Maryland. The team is set to play against Indiana this Tuesday.

Illini take series win over Iowa decisively in back half

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

The Illini found a lively, emphatic environment at...

Left-handed pitcher Nathan Lavender pitches against a batter from Michigan State April 17. The Illinois baseball team travel to Iowa City for a three-game series against the Hawkeyes with three weekends left in the regular season.

Illini push through finals ahead of road series against Iowa

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

With just three weekends left in the regular season,...

Senior Jackson Raper high fives Tom Jurack after coming off the field during the game against Purdue April 18. The Illinois baseball team is set to play at Illinois Field against Maryland this weekend after seven away games.

Illinois returns home to play Maryland after seven games on road

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

After several losing weekends, the Illinois baseball...

The Illinois baseball team meets on the pitcher’s mound to discuss strategy against Purdue April 18. The Illini are currently struggling with pitching.

Column | Pitching struggles negate one of Big Ten’s top lineups

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

In Major League Baseball, if a player gets a base hit...

Sophomore Riley Gowens pitches against Purdue on April 18. Although he was injured, he has healed and continues to make progress.

No quitter, no-hitter: Gowens astounds coaches, teammates after two-year injury rehab

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

In May 2018, Riley Gowens was just weeks away from...

Sophomore Riley Gowens pitches against Purdue on April 19.  The team prepares for their home matches against Maryland this upcoming weekend.

Illini snag two against No. 22 Michigan

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

The Illini baseball team had to adapt quickly heading...

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