As the season approaches the Leathernecks have not been forgotten in the preseason polls. We have been predicted to finish second, and in the past second would have been satisfying. Coach Villano has brought a new swagger to WIU Baseball. New additions to the coaching staff of Shane Davis and Mike Vucsko, have become a great fit for the program to help assist the ball club with Cooper Stewart. Together they have done plenty of remodeling in their time here at Western, and now have the luxury of coaching a team they have built through personal recruitment. The newest crop of freshman added to the squad this fall are ready to make an impact and are just a preview of what is to come. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 15th)
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ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts is favored to win its 15th-straight Summit League Baseball Tournament title in a vote among the league’s seven head coaches. The Golden Eagles received six first-place votes and 36 points. Continue reading 2012 Summit League Preseason Coaches Poll
With only two weeks left until the season starts we are getting very excited for the upcoming season. All of the freshmen are from the area so we never had the opportunity to play outside until late March. Going down south to play in mid-February will be a really great experience. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 8th)
Arkansas-Little Rock: Silver 4 Maroon 3
LITTLE ROCK – A two-out rally in the top of the third helped the Silver Team claim a 4-3 win in the opener of the UALR Fall World Series Tuesday evening at Gary Hogan Field. A two-RBI double off the bat of sophomoreBen Crumpton capped a four-run inning for the Silver Team, which takes a 1-0 lead in the series heading into game two on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. Continue reading Fall Ball Update for October 27th
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MACOMB, Ill. – An appearance last season in the Summit League Tournament and a 20-win season has the Fighting Leathernecks looking forward to a competitive and exciting schedule in 2012.
Head coach Mike Villano announced the 2012 schedule, which includes 20 games at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. Those include non-conference home series with Xavier and Bradley, along with single games with Iowa and Eastern Illinois. Continue reading Western Illinois releases 2012 Schedule
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MACOMB, Ill. – Shane Davis has been named assistant coach for the Fighting Leatherneck baseball program. He comes to Western Illinois after two seasons as an assistant coach at Cleveland State.
“I’m very pleased to be in Macomb,” said Davis. “I’ve followed the program closely, and seen the improvemnents made in the past two seasons. I look to add to a program that is progressing toward great things in the Summit League.” Continue reading Shane Davis added to Western Illinois Coaching Staff
The Fighting Leathernecks home season comes to an end this week as they take on the Redbirds of Illinois State this Tuesday. Coming off an 8-4 record in the past 12 games, the purple army looks to use this game to prepare for the final weekend of conference play against North Dakota State. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (May 17th)
The Leathernecks kept the train rolling in the right direction and won three of four to take its second consecutive series this past weekend, a feat that has not been done since 2008. Finals week is always a challenging and interesting time for student-athletes. Balancing practices, workouts and final exams is something that requires immense focus and organization. I commend all student-athletes for the skills shown on and off the field. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (May 10th)
Due to the facilities at Southern Utah I was able to be in the dugout instead of a press box. It was an interesting perspective to say the least. It was an important series just like every other Summit League series. The Leathernecks played extremely well and everybody contributed on some level. The Purple & Gold outscored the Thunderbirds 44-17 and ended two of the games early in seven innings. Dating back to last season, Western Illinois has ended three out of the last four games against Southern Utah early. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (May 3rd)
The frustrating season has continued for us Leathernecks. After a series split with Summit League powerhouse Oral Roberts, we traveled to Oakland University and lost three of four. Inconsistency and lack of intensity throughout a full nine innings of play seems to be our Achilles heel. If we are going to pull this season around we need to take every aspect of the game head on, and take them one step at a time. That means we need to play each and every game from here on out one pitch at a time, one out at a time, and one inning at a time. If we cannot do that then our frustrations are destined to continue. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (April 26th)