August 3, 2015
The Illini wrapped up their first 50 win season in school history by hosting their first ever super-regional vs. eventual NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt. Along the way, the Illini set a single-season record for attendance at Illinois Field. Then the off-season got off to a hot start with 9 players getting drafted into the pros and coaches and players receiving national honors. Since that time, Coach Hartleb has been busy finding a new Assistant Coach (welcome Adam Christ!) and preparing the team for a repeat performance in 2016. Your support of the Dugout Club is greatly appreciated!!!
April 13, 2015
The Illini are on a winning streak that has earned them a #11 ranking in the latest D-1 poll. The Dugout Club can take some credit in the team's success. Money earned and donated by the Dugout Club paid for the trip this year to the Dominican Republic which has enhanced Illini team chemistry and overall experience. Furthermore, the Dugout Club pays for dinners and events that support the team throughout the year. The internal renovations to the clubhouse have made a more appealing environment for players and recruits, and the Club can take credit for that as well. Your donations to the Club matter, and we appreciate your support. Go Illini!
March 30, 2015
Wow! The Illini Baseball team is off to a great start and is up to #15 in the D1 Baseball rankings. Way to go boys! See more HERE
December 15, 2014
The University of Illinois baseball team and the Fighting Illini Dugout Club will host the annual Hot Stove Banquet presented by First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana to kick off the 2015 season with 13-year MLB veteran Hal Morris as the keynote speaker. Morris, who won the 1990 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds, will headline the banquet, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the I Hotel and Conference Center, with cocktails and silent auction at 5 p.m., and the banquet at 6 p.m.
Banquet tickets can be purchased by filling out this PDF form and mailing it to Fighting Illini Dugout Club, P.O. Box 6777, Champaign, IL 61826-6777 prior to Jan. 21 or by calling the baseball office at 217-333-8605 by Jan. 23. A table of 10, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $500; a table of nine, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $450; or a table of eight, with an Illini player, can be purchased for $400. Also, individual tickets are available for $50 and an Illini player's meal can be sponsored for $50 each.
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All of the Illini sports programs need a little support to do great things. The Dugout Club makes a difference in the baseball program by coordinating fundraising events like the Hot Stove Banquet. The Dugout Club gave the funds that allowed the Illini to visit the Dominican Republic in late 2014. It also funds the Senior Dinner which recognizes the contributions of the Illini players who are departing the program. When the team makes a difference in the community, the Dugout Club is there to help with projects like the Food Drive for Harrisburg and Honor and Serve Day. In addition, funds from the Dugout Club were used in the near future to help put the finishing touches on the new Team Clubhouse. Your membership makes a difference in the lives of the players and makes possible worthwhile initiatives that benefit others in the community.
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