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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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.
College Baseball Daily throughout the season will be providing our Quick Hits on games throughout the country. Special thanks to William Knox and Mark Rafferty for contributing to this report. As always, follow us on Twitter @CB_Daily for instant reaction and the best up to minute coverage on college baseball in the country. We also have a Facebook page which can be joined by clicking here.We have put up recaps from every single Regional. You can check them out at the links below. Continue reading
Here is your 2011 NCAA Fullerton Regional Day 3 Recap.
Illinois 7 Cal-State Fullerton 5
FULLERTON, CA – Matt Dittman’s two-out single in the eighth drove home Brandon Hohl with the go-ahead run and Davis Hendrickson followed with a two-run double two batters later as fourth-seeded Illinois scored six times in the final three innings to eliminate host and top-seeded Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, in game five of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Regionals on Sunday evening at Goodwin Field. Continue reading
Here is your 2011 NCAA Fullerton Regional Day 2 Recap.
Illinois 5 Kansas State 3
FULLERTON, Calif. – Senior pitcher John Anderson pitched into the ninth inning, allowing only one earned run on seven hits and a walk, and shortstop Josh Parr drove in three runs to lift the fourth-seeded Illini over No. 3 seed Kansas State, 5-3, in an elimination game at the NCAA Tournament’s Fullerton Regional on Saturday. Anderson stymied a potent Wildcat offense in his 110-pitch effort and eight of nine Illinois starters recorded a hit as the Illini advance to face the winner of the Cal State Fullerton/Stanford game at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday. Continue reading
Here is your 2011 NCAA Fullerton Regional Day 1 Recap.
Stanford 10 Kansas State 3
FULLERTON, Calif.– Mark Appel (6-6) pitched a seven-hitter with eight strikeouts as No. 21-ranked Stanford (33-20) won its opening round game at the Fullerton Regional, 10-3, over third-seeded Kansas State (36-24). Continue reading