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Illinois baseball opens up the season against top-25 competition

Illinois baseball opens up the season against top-25 competition

By Cole Henke

February 17, 2016

Season openers are typically a tune-up game for power five conference teams.Illinois football opened its season last Fall against Kent State and won 52-3. Illinois basketball squared up against University of Illinois-Springfield and won 104-69.chIllinois baseball is skipping its tune-up game this seas...

Young Illinois baseball team still aiming high

Young Illinois baseball team still aiming high

By Cole Henke

February 2, 2016

Tweet: "It is a goal of ours to win a national championship." - @IlliniBaseball coach Dan Hartleb.Within three days of Illinois baseball's season-ending super sectional loss to Vanderbilt last season, the team had lost 13 players — seven to the MLB draft.SOLosing those players was by no means a...

A Conversation with an Illini: Charlie Naso

A Conversation with an Illini: Charlie Naso

By Kevin McCarthy

October 12, 2015

Illini relief pitcher Charlie “Chuck” Naso is a savage. This week I sat down with the right-hander to talk about the team’s magical 2015 season, meeting David Price and my chances at touching his heater.Kevin McCarthy: I heard you guys were pretty good last season. How fun was that?Charlie Naso:...

Busy summer concludes for Illini baseball

By Nicholas Fortin

August 17, 2015

The Illinois baseball team has been busy this summer.After being knocked out by Vanderbilt in Illinois’ first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance, the Illini had nine players selected in the 2015 MLB draft. Illinois’ eventful summer didn’t stop there as 18 current Illini traded in their orange an...

Illini baseball celebrates record-breaking MLB draft

Illini baseball celebrates record-breaking MLB draft

By Masaki Sugimoto

June 14, 2015

The Illini baseball team's season ended on a bitter note after losing to Vanderbilt in the Champaign Super Regional on May 8.Despite the season ending, the Illini still made history. Nine Illinois players were drafted in the 2015 MLB draft, which broke the 1985 record of when six Il...

UPDATE: Illini drafted into the MLB

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 9, 2015

Six more Illini players were selected on the final day of the MLB draft, bringing the total number of drafted players up to nine.The Illini tied for having the third most players drafted in the nation.Jason Goldstein was selected in the 17th round with the 522nd overall pick ...

Illinois baseball falls short of College World Series

By Daniel Collins

June 9, 2015

Tyler Jay did what was asked of him Sunday at Illinois Field in game two of the NCAA Champaign Super Regional.Jay, who spent his career at Illinois coming out of the bullpen, received the nod because the Illini’s season was on the line. And all things considered, he had a strong outing and gave his team...

Tyler Jay drafted by Minnesota Twins

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 8, 2015

Illinois lefty pitcher Tyler Jay was selected by The Minnesota Twins at the number six overall spot.Jay has shown himself to be one of the best closers in college baseball. He has gone 5-1 this season with a .60 ERA and 14 saves on the year. He also had 70 strikeouts to 10 walks g...

Updated: Champaign Super Regional game postponed

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 7, 2015

Game two will be played on Monday at 3 p.m.***Inclement weather has forced the second game of the Champaign Super Regional to be postponed.There is no time set for the game on Monday.Tyler Jay will get the start in Monday's game as the Illini face elimination from the NCAA tournament.***The second game of the Champaign...

Illinois baseball to face Vanderbilt at NCAA Champaign Super Regional

Illinois baseball to face Vanderbilt at NCAA Champaign Super Regional

By Daniel Collins

June 3, 2015

The Illinois baseball team is two wins away from reaching the College World Series for the first time in program history. Only one more opponent stands in the way: Vanderbilt, the defending CWS champions.“I'm excited, very excited,” closer Tyler Jay said of facing the defending champs. “I played...

Illinois baseball captures first regional championship in program history

Illinois baseball captures first regional championship in program history

By Daniel Collins

June 1, 2015

Tyler Jay’s only appearance at the NCAA Championship Champaign Regional for the Illinois baseball team couldn’t have been a more vital one. The southpaw entered the championship game in the sixth inning and dominated in his four innings of work against Wright State. He allowed one hit, one walk and struck out...

Relish this rare opportunity for Illini baseball

By Alex Roux

May 31, 2015

Illinois baseball kind of sneaks up on you every year.Not the team; the season itself. It will begin in some warm-weather state, like Texas, Florida, or Georgia, where the weather is suitable for baseball while Midwesterners are still in the middle of a February freeze.By the time the Illini even ge...

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