CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois baseball team opened practice on Friday. This years team will lean heavily on the experience and leadership gained by the youngsters last season.
“We’ve had some growth with the young guys we’ve had. The sophomores this year, we had a lot of those guys that had to play last year. Thought a lot of them grew up during the year, they had pretty good summers. Then went out in the fall and I think really made a lot of progress,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. “The one thing I like about this team is I think that we have very good leadership. I really like what the upperclassmen are doing.”
“We got a lot of leadership on this team. Our upperclassmen are doing a very good job of leading. But our younger guys especially, they’ve really matured. The freshman are really feeding off how the sophomores, the juniors are exemplifying themselves on and off the field,” senior Anthony Drago added.
Illinois opens the season February 17th against Milwaukee.