The Illinois baseball team found a Sasquatch statue a few weeks ago at junior outfielder Will Krug's house. They took it with them and have carried it to every game since.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois first baseman David Kerian is one of only five players on the roster from outside the state, but the transition hasn't slowed him down. In fact, as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports, Kerian has emerged as one of the top hitters for an Illini team looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
BASEBALL: ISU 6 Illinois 2 (F)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There is still no word yet on when Illinois ace Kevin Duchene will be back on the mound. Duchene hasn't pitched in nearly a month because of a strained left forearm. Head coach Dan Hartleb is being cautious with his ace, who is 2-1 with a 1.70 ERA. Even without Duchene, the rest of the staff has stepped up. Their 2.80 team ERA is second best in the Big Ten. They're coming off a weekend sweep at Northwestern, where the Illini pitchers allowed only two runs in three games.
Illinois sophomore pitcher Ryan Castellanos is looking up to his big brother Nick, who is the Detroit Tigers' starting third baseman and the team's top prospect.
The Illinois baseball team will send Ryan Castellanos to the hill against Northwestern Saturday in Evanston. Castellanos is the only pitcher in the country to have thrown at least 27 innings without issuing a single walk. Castellanos (3-1, 3.33 ERA) has helped anchor a pitching staff, which has the second best ERA in the Big Ten.
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois is playing some pretty good baseball lately. They have won six of their last seven games. Their only during that span was by one run. The Illini will start a series at Northwestern Friday as they look to keeping things rolling.
The Illinois baseball team will get a rare opportunity Wednesday night. Weather permitting, they are scheduled to play against Missouri at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It has become nearly an annual tradition for the Illini and Tigers, but the players will tell you it never gets old. This will be the fourth time in the last five years they have played at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, and head coach Dan Hartleb wants his team to enjoy the moment.
The Illinois baseball team beat Purdue 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field in Champaign.
The Illinois baseball program has had a number of successful brothers over the years - most recently Josh, Justin and Jordan Parr. But a new pair of brothers have found their way into the starting lineup this year. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on Reid and Ryne Roper, and the instant chemistry they brought to the U of I infield.
Illinois baseball beats Illinois State 6-1. Illini softball splits doubleheader with No. 16 Missouri.
The Illinois baseball team won both games of a double header Saturday against Xavier 6-1 and 6-2. The Illini softball team split a pair of games. The Illini lost the first 10-7, but won the second 4-3 in extra innings.
BASEBALL Xavier 6 Illinois 2 (F) SOFTBALL Iowa 4 Illinois 3 (F/9)
The Illinois baseball team defeated Indiana State 8-0 Tuesday.
One big positive for the Illinois baseball team so far this season has been the play of their ace Kevin Duchene. His 1.70 ERA is third best in the Big Ten, but he's been even better lately. The sophomore has only allowed 2 ER in his last 23.2 IP, and he has gone the distance in two of his last three starts. Head coach Dan Hartleb calls Duchene a "special pitcher," and he credits a new pitch he has added to his increased success.
SOFTBALL Illinois 13 W. Michigan 1 F/5 BASEBALL Illinois 5 SIU 1 F
The Illinois baseball team will take a four-game winning streak into their series at Western Kentucky this weekend. The start of that series - originally scheduled for Friday - was pushed back until Saturday.
Following a 4-0 weekend in Gainesville, Fla., a pair of Illini earned conference honors on Monday. Sophomore Kevin Duchene was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, while sophomore Ryan Nagle was tabbed Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after helping Illinois to two wins each over No. 23 Florida and Florida Gulf Coast.
Illinois won at Michigan State for the first time since 2006 Saturday. Tracy Abrams scored a team-high 12 points as the Illini upset Michigan State 53-46 for their third win in a row. Illinois held its fourth straight opponent to under 50 points. The Illini haven't done that since 1947.
Despite their 1-2 start, the Illinois baseball team did show some positive team did show some positive signs especially at the plate over the weekend. The Illini scored 30 runs in their three-game series against Georgia State. It's an offense with a lot of new faces, but they pounded out 34 hits and 3 home runs.
The Illinois baseball team got a wake-up call, losing two out of three in their season-opening series at Georgia State. The pitching, which was supposed to be the strength of this team, was anything but over the weekend.
Indiana was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Championship, it was announced on Wednesday. The conference’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Hoosiers were followed in the preseason poll by No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan State, with Illinois and Michigan tied for fifth.
Starting pitcher Kevin Duchene is coming off an impressive freshman season where he went 9-1 for the Illini. He's looking to do even more as he prepares for his sophomore season.
The Illinois baseball season is only a couple weeks away from getting started, but practice is already in full swing under head coach Dan Hartleb. Illinois is hoping to pick up where they left off after their NCAA tournament run last season.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean says Illini head coach John Groce is one of the best coaches in the country.
Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb landed a verbal commitment Wednesday night from one of Wisconsin's best high school pitchers. Brendan Meissner, a right-handed pitcher from West De Pere High School, announced his commitment on Twitter. "Just made the best decision of my life by committing to the University of Illinois to play baseball," Meisnner wrote. "I couldn't be happier right now!" Meissner is listed at 6-2, 188 lbs. He is from the Green Bay area.
Former University of Illinois pitcher Tanner Roark was called up to the Washington Nationals Tuesday following his recent success with the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Roark went 9-3 with two saves, four holds and a 3.15 ERA in 33 games, including 11 starts, this season with the Chiefs. The Wilmington, Ill., native is the first Illini to earn a spot on an MLB roster since Kyle Hudson in 2011. Roark spent two seasons at Illinois from 2006-07, compiling a 12-2 record with a 4.72 ERA in 24 games. He was named to the All-Big Ten second team in 2007 after going 8-2 and went 4-0 in 2006, which made him the first Illinois pitcher to finish the season undefeated since 1998. Roark was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round in 2008. Roark is 49-40 with three saves, 13 holds and a 3.79 ERA in 163 games (96 starts) during six seasons in the Nationals' (2010-13) and Texas Rangers' ('08-10) organizations. He was acquired by Washington in a three-player trade that sent shortstop Cristian Guzman to Texas on July 31, 2010. In 2013, he ranks among qualified International League pitchers in WHIP (0.99, first), batting average against (.217, tied for first) and earned run average (seventh), while posting a 4.2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (84 K/20 BB) in 105.2 innings. Roark tallied an 8-1 record with two saves and a 1.55 ERA (14 ER/81.1 IP) in his last 25 games, including eight starts, beginning May 6.
Illini baseball coach recaps his trip to the Dominican Republic.
Oakwood-grad will be third-generation Illini
Former Illini named to second team by Baseball America
Spencer wins NCAA title; Parr named B1G Player of Year
Starter named 2nd-team Freshman All-American
Four Illini players have signed with MLB teams
Justin and Jordan Parr are ready to start their pro careers. Austin Kim has more.
Illini shortstop Thomas Lindauer will leave Illinois a year early to sign with the Houston Astros. Illini football and baseball recruit Michael Hermosillo signed with the Angels and will not play for Illinois. Also, former Teutopolis pitcher Derek Thompson signed with the Texas Rangers.
Your headquarters for area players taken in the 2013 MLB draft.
A's select Illinois' senior ace in the 24th round.
Illini shortstop is the first Illinois infielder to be taken in the 2013 draft.
Parr joins older brother Josh in Diamondbacks organization
Illini senior outfielder Justin Parr was drafted in the 8th round (pick 241 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB Draft Friday. Parr is the first Illini selected. He went undrafted last season, but a huge senior season boosted his draft stock.
Justin, Jordan could both be headed to the next level this summer
Several baseball recruits could be drafted this weekend
Fletcher will walk-on at Illinois next season
Danielson earns honors as freshman; Pieters honorable mention
As many as 4 or 5 Illini could be chosen this week
Duchene broke school record for wins by freshman
Baseball America releases MLB Draft rankings
Parr homered 3 times at Nashville regional
The Illinois baseball team got knocked out of NCAA Regionals Sunday. Making the post season is an expectation for Illini head coach Dan Hartleb. The Illini feel they have a strong core returning next season.
Jordan Parr's two home runs lifted Illinois to a 6-4 win over Georgia Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. WCIA 3's Aaron Bennett has more from Nashville.