Fighting posts Part 2 of Pre-season review.

This time it’s the Infielders and Outfielders Preview.

In 2006, the Illini lost a big chunk of their team to graduation. Well, guess what? The young, green team of 2006 have one more year of experience and are that much better for it

Coach Hartleb says:

“Shawn plays with such a high energy level,” Hartleb said. “It’s tough to find players who have the energy to go out and play at that level every single day. There is nothing there that is put-on, that’s just the way he is and the way he plays the game.”


Ok, that’s the understatement of the year. Roof plays like there’s a fire under his feet. Hmm.. some trivia I didn’t know… Roof stole 25 bases after not stealing any his first two years.

A big question for the Illini has been “Who’s going to play first base?”. Last year’s firstbaseman, Dave Schultz graduated and is now a volunteer assistant coach. It looks like clutch hitting Mike Rohde may play a role at first as well as two freshman, Matt Dittman and Mike Giller. Even hot-hitting Lars Davis may see some time there.

All this movement trying to fill Schulz’ spot at first, may free up some time for some others. Joe Bonadonna may move in to cover third base since he played a few games there last year. It’s all up in the air.

Only 3 days left till opening day.

Illini Season Preview Part 1: Pitchers and Catchers

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