Hartleb’s 500th Baseball Duel Victory in Illinois Sports

CHAMPAGNE – Zak Hartleb was in the Illinois dugout.

Haley Hartleb was home from college for the weekend.

Gina Hartleb was there along with her daughter Haley, a student in Indiana, in the stands at Illinois Field.

All three watched on Saturday as history is made with Dan Hartleb reaching a turning point.

Wins, actually.

The 56-year-old Hartleb – now in his 17th season at the helm of the program – won 500th and 501st place as Illinois baseball coach with a double hit in Miami (Ohio). The dominant throw conveyed the day for Illinois on their way to a 2-0 win in Saturday’s first game before Illinois beat the RedHawks 5-1 in the final.

“It’s the best part of getting to the 500’s to go further and keep winning,” Hartleb said after the game. “It simply came to our notice then. It’s a millstone. But in the end: we have a lot of seasons ahead of us. So a lot of work is ahead of us. … We came out with two big victories. ”

Later on that, Hartleb admitted what it means to join the club 500 wins. He now shares 17 wins since tying with Lee Eilbracht to rate all-time wins in the program.

“I appreciate that,” Hartleb said. “A lot of people are involved. So having your family (all here) and being able to celebrate it and the pictures after the first game is fun. They gave up so much to let me do these things. It was cool to have them here. ”

Cole Kirschsieper and Ty Rybarczyk combined for exclusion in the opening for Illinois (25-19), with Kirschsieper scoring five goals and a walk in seven innings against Miami (19-28). Left-handed Kirschsieper added three strokes and improved to 6-2 as a starter.

Rybarczyk earned a defense and achieved Hartleb’s 500th win after allowing only a walk in two shifts.

Centennial graduate Kellen Sarver with two rounds of singles in the sixth inning explained the whole offense.

Riley Gowens subsequently brought seven more strong innings for Illina in a late game, and the only mistake was a solo homer in the second inning for Zach MacDonald.

Gowens scored seven and passed two to earn the win, while Joseph Glassey and Tommy Green were on the embankment for inning per piece, and Green knocked out the side in the ninth.

Sarver’s move with bases brought Illinois to a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. The Illini battled it out in three runs in the eighth, on two singles runs by Jacob Campbell and Cam McDonald’s RBI duo.

“The throwing staff was great. “Absolutely great,” said Hartleb. “It was an absolute battle. In the second game, look at what we did offensively, we really, really struggled with the runners in the goal position. “

In softball

Illini earn split. Illinois on Saturday set off an afternoon duel against Penn State in front of a record 1,530 fans at Eichelberger Field in Urbana, recording a 4-3 win to start before the Nittany Lions beat Illinois 2-0 in the final.

However, Illinois had to come together in late innings in the first game, and Avrey Steiner hit a single in two rounds in the sixth inning. Sydney Sickels earned the win after allowing three runs with three goals and two walks. She counted 12 strokes to improve her record to 12-8 within the circle.

Steiner finished with three goals.

Saturday’s final game was the difference in Saturday’s final game with Illini (34-18, 15-6 Big Ten) who finished with just four goals.

Wiles allowed three goals and scored four in taking over the defeat from the Nittany Lions (30-21, 12-10).

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