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2011 Preseason Summit League Coaches Poll

ELMHURST, Ill. – After winning its record 13th straight league championship a year ago, Oral Roberts was an overwhelming choice to claim The Summit League crown in 2011 as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 8th)

T-minus 12 days until the Leatherneck baseball team begins the 2011 season. As the days draw near, you can feel the energy from the players and coaches increasing. I think it is safe to say, we are ready to get rid of the snowshoes and lace up the cleats. We have a very talented group of guys that have joined the team this year and are very excited to see what we can do on the field together. We had a great fall and really started to gel together both on and off the field. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Western Illinois for Feb. 1st

The 2011 Collegiate Baseball Season Is Upon Us!

The Western Illinois Leathernecks will be writing a weekly journal throughout this upcoming season to keep you updated on our successes on and off the field. Last year was a rough season to say the least. Losing a head coach to leukemia and a pitcher to a motorcycle accident in the same year would cause a rough season at any university. Without a head coach throughout the entire fall, the team struggled to find an identity. Even with the work we put in after Christmas break, the lack of a fall season showed on the diamond. This year will be a different story. Continue reading


CBD Interview with Mike Villano (Western Illinois)

College Baseball Daily kicks off our series of interviews with head coaches around the nation today with Western Illinois head coach Mike Villano. He is entering his second season in charge of the Leathernecks program after having a 14-39 overall record and a 6-21 mark in conference play. Continue reading


Western Illinois releases 2011 Schedule

MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois head baseball coach Mike Villano announced the 2011 baseball schedule, Thursday, Nov. 18.

The Fighting Leathernecks will face four opponents who participated in the 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament. They include Kansas State, which finished third in the Big XII a season ago, Atlantic 10 champion Saint Louis University, Summit League opponent Oral Roberts and Illinois State University. Continue reading

Western Illinois Mourns Loss of Devin VanBrooker


VanBrookerWIU MACOMB, Ill. - Devin VanBrooker (Plymouth, Ill./Southeastern HS/College of Lake County), a member of the Western Illinois University baseball team, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night (May 4) in Macomb.

VanBrooker was 21 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Born on January 19, 1989, VanBrooker was the son of Daniel and Susan VanBrooker, with one brother, Tony. He signed with the Fighting Leathernecks baseball team last summer after playing his first two years at the College of Lake County.

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Southland Conference recap 03/06/10

Gougler was the only Lion with multiple hits, putting up a line of two-for-three with two runs scored and a walk.

Southeastern Louisiana 4, Texas Southern 1

HAMMOND, La. – The 2010 Southeastern Louisiana baseball team now has the school’s all-time best winning streak all to itself. After tying the mark Friday, the Lions broke it Saturday, taking their 11th straight game to improve to 11-0 on the year. The 4-1 victory over Texas Southern also clinched the series for Southeastern.
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2010 Summit League Preseason Poll


SummitLeague ELMHURST, Ill. – After winning its record 12th straight league championship a year ago, Oral Roberts was a unanimous choice to claim its 13th consecutive Summit League crown in 2010 as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.

The Golden Eagles collected seven first-place votes for a total of 49 points. Centenary came in second with 39 points, followed closely by South Dakota State in the third slot with 36 points and the final first-place vote. Southern Utah (30 points) and North Dakota State (27 points) were each separated by three points apiece for the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Oakland (16 points), IPFW (14 points) and Western Illinois (13 points) rounded out the voting.

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Todd Coryell added to Western Illinois Coaching Staff


ToddCoryell MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois Baseball head coach Mike Villano announced the hiring of Todd Coryell as assistant coach. Coryell will work with the pitching staff and recruiting.

For the past two years Coryell worked as an associate scout with the Cincinnati Reds while also serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. He was on the coaching staff at Kellogg Community College in 2008 when the Bears advanced to the Junior College World Series.

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Western Illinois releases 2010 Schedule


WesternIllinois MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois head baseball coach Mike Villano announced the 2010 baseball schedule, Thursday, Dec. 17.

The Fighting Leathernecks will face three opponents who participated in the 2009 NCAA Baseball Tournament including last year’s Big XII runner-up, the Oklahoma Sooners. Western’s schedule also features four teams ranked in the top 50 of the 2010 preseason RPI including the Sooners (22), Oklahoma State (25), Oral Roberts (32) and Missouri (33).

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