FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Legendary Fighting Illini head coach Lee Eilbracht passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at his residence at The Windsor at Savoy at the age of 88. Eilbracht is the winningest coach in Illini baseball history and earned All-America honors as a collegiate player. He compiled 515 wins in 27 seasons at the helm from 1952-78 along with being a three-time letterwinner as a player (1943, 46-47). The St. Louis, Mo., native won four Big Ten titles and led the Orange and Blue to the NCAA District Playoffs three times. Continue reading Former Illinois coach Lee Eilbracht passes away→
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb announced the team’s 2013 schedule Monday, including a three-game series at 2012 NCAA Tournament super regional participant Baylor and 14 games against teams that reached last year’s NCAA Tournament, as the Orange and Blue look to make an NCAA Regional for the second time in the last three years. The Illini open the season Feb. 15 at Tennessee Tech and begin the home schedule – and a seven-game home-stand, the season’s longest – March 22 against Nebraska, the Huskers’ first trip to Champaign since 1905. Continue reading Illinois releases 2013 Schedule→
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the sites for its 2013 and 2014 baseball tournaments. The 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis, the home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, marking the first time that the event will be held at a Major League Baseball facility. The 2014 tournament will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., the site of the NCAA Division I Men’s College World Series.
The Big Ten Baseball Tournament has been played as a neutral-site event in Columbus, Ohio, since 2009. The event was held at Huntington Park, the home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, in 2009 and 2011 and will be played at that ballpark May 23-26, 2012. The tournament was held at Ohio State’s Bill Davis Stadium in 2010. Prior to 2009, the Big Ten Baseball Tournament was played at the site of the regular-season champion or the champion from a pre-selected division, with the exception of 1993 and 1994, when it was held in Battle Creek, Mich. Continue reading Big Ten Announces Sites for Future Baseball Tournaments→
The Hoosiers dropped two of three games at Cal State Northridge over the weekend. Indiana has lost five of its past six games. Freshman Chad Clark leads the team with a .419 average. Three starters have ERAs below 3.00 and sophomore Matt Dearden leads all hurlers with a 1.50 ERA and 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Indiana returns to play with a two-game set at San Diego on Tuesday and Wednesday before playing Loyola Maryland over the weekend. The Hoosiers are in the midst of eight games in California. Continue reading Big Ten Week in Review→
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1979, Michigan State has been selected by the conference coaches as the favorite to win in 2012, the Big Ten office announced on Tuesday. The conference’s baseball coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. Following the Spartans on the coaches’ preseason top six list are No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Illinois. Continue reading 2012 Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll→
Clemson freshman LHP Jeremy Scheck has left the Tigers baseball program and will attend the University of Illinois according to CBD sources close to the situation. Scheck was a highly touted recruit for the Tigers from Vernon Hills, Illinois where he was an Under Armour All-American, and a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Continue reading Clemson LHP Jeremy Scheck transfers to Illinois→
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb announced the 2012 schedule for the reigning Big Ten champion Fighting Illini baseball team Wednesday. The Orange and Blue will open the season at the fourth-annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge and will play in the Coastal Carolina Invitational and Nike College Showcase on the third and fourth weekends of the season. Continue reading Illinois releases 2012 Schedule→
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb announced the addition of former Illini pitcher and Major Leaguer Jason Anderson as the volunteer assistant coach for the Orange and Blue on Tuesday. An All-American and Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2000, Anderson was a 10th-round selection of the New York Yankees and saw time in the big leagues with the Yankees, New York Mets and Cleveland Indians as part of a 12-year career. He retired from professional baseball on July 19. Continue reading Jason Anderson added to Illinois Coaching Staff→
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb announced the hiring of former Illini pitcher and volunteer assistant coach Drew Dickinson as the pitching coach for the Orange and Blue on Wednesday. A two-time All-American and Big Ten Pitcher of the Year as a player, Dickinson was Illinois’ volunteer assistant in 2009 and 2011 after a seven-year professional career. Continue reading Illinois names Drew Dickinson Pitching Coach→
According to sources close to the Illinois program, Illini pitching coach Ken Westray has retired. He completed his fifth season with the school helping lead the team to the Regional Final against Stanford in the Cal-State Fullerton Regional. The pitching staff finished with a 4.97 ERA.