Tag Archives: Western Illinois


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (April 5th)

I thought last weekend’s series against Bradley was a disappointment. We got another solid pitching performance from Dan Russell on Friday night which we let go to waste because we couldn’t find a way to put runs on the board. Saturday, Zach Sterling went out and dealt and got us the win. Sunday was probably our worst game of the year. It’s hard to win when you give teams 5 outs an inning, walk batters, and don’t capitalize at the plate with runners in scoring position. Continue reading


Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (April 1st-3rd)

By: John Lockwood
With the last weekend before conference play in the books, Creighton (20-5), Illinois State (19-7), and Bradley (17-8), sit atop the MVC standings with only their midweek matchups to prepare them for next weekend. Noticeably, Wichita State (18-11) has dropped out of the top-3 and now sits in fifth place behind Evansville (15-9). Missouri State (16-10), Indiana State (15-10) and Southern Illinois (7-19) round out the remainder of the league. Continue reading


Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (April 1st-3rd)

By: John Lockwood
The Missouri Valley Conference enters its last weekend of non-conference play, with many teams looking to finalize their lineups and pitching rotations before their conference series begin next week. Creighton holds the best record in the MVC at 17-5, with Wichita State in second at 17-8, and the Redbirds of Illinois State tied with Bradley for third at 15-7. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (March 29th)

Victories seem to be few and far between for the Leathernecks as we come closer and closer to the opening conference series against South Dakota State. For the most part, it seems like we have been shooting ourselves in the foot. Errors, walks, and giving away free bases have plagued us all season. Offensively, poor situational hitting like failing to get a man in from third with less than two outs has also hurt us. Our pitchers have been working hard, and we have wasted quality starts from both Zach Sterling and Dan Russell. We all know that we can play better than this, and we have had a few bright spots this season. It is time to turn the corner and get this season back on the right track. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (March 22nd)

After a rough start to the season, the leathernecks have seemed to have found a little groove. We have been through some rough games, some that we should have won hands down and some that we could have taken. All season it seemed that we have been looking for someone to step up and take it upon themselves to pull our team out of this slump. This past weekend we had a number of players step to the plate and take that role. It seemed that when these players stepped up, the rest of our team followed. Our record is not a reflection of the talent that we have and I still think that we are going to surprise some teams. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (March 15th)

The first 2 games of the series weren’t the best, but after digging into ourselves we came into the third game against Indiana State with some fire. After Indiana State made the initial push by ISU, we immediately shoved them right back and out came the Purple Army. Dan Russell pitched absolutely amazing, fighting not only the batters but the cold temperatures as well. Tom Lilja added another home run to his stats, and John Koszulinski came through big time with 5 RBI’s on the game. Everything came together and showed what the Leathernecks are all about, and also how dangerous we can be on both defense and offense. We just now need to keep that fire burning and keep shoving back, and build upon that win and carry it over to our next game and so on. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois for March 8th

Even though it was a rough weekend for the Leathernecks at Kansas State, we are starting to see some improvements in certain areas. Tom Lilja ignited the offense with two homeruns in two games, and Ryan Cowhey also added a 3-run shot of his own. Just because the win/loss column is not how we would like it at this point of the season, we are confident that our pitching performances will remain steady and our bats will start to come alive. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (March 1st)

Sometimes you have to just stop thinking and play ball. A 1-6 start is not where we saw ourselves after the first 7 games, but you can’t control the past. We just need to continue progressing as the season moves forward. Sunday was a good start. We had a hell of a pitching performance from Dan Russell, who was called upon to get the start after working out of the bullpen earlier in the series. He gave a shot of energy to a team that needed it and all of a sudden we were finally playing baseball like we should. Hopefully we can relax and play ball now that the first win is out of the way after beating Georgia State 8-2. All we can do is take each game one at a time, play hard for the full 9 innings, and see what the results are at the end. If we can continue to progress and play with the same intensity as we did on Sunday, we will be a very good team. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 22nd)

After a rough opening series against Samford we realize we have a lot of work to do in order to be the team we want to become in May. With a team loaded with newcomers this first series was a huge learning experience for us and I’m confident we will bounce back and play much better baseball this coming weekend when we head on the road to play Georgia State. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 15th)

We’re down to just four days until opening game for the 2011 Western Illinois Fighting Leatherneck baseball team. We finally hit the road and head to Birmingham to take on Samford University of the SoCon Conference. It will be nice to trade the winter coats and twelve inches of snow for sixty degrees and sunshine in Alabama.

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