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CHAMPAIGN — As the ball left Justin Parr’s bat in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, the Illinois center fielder was prepared to shift down into his home run trot.
“I thought it was gone,” he said.
CHAMPAIGN — It took Reid Roper exactly two at-bats to hit his first home run as a college baseball player.
A sign of things to come?
Not exactly. Following that memorable debut in an Illinois uniform on Feb. 17, 2012, the Harrisburg native went 74 games without a fences-clearing hit.
It’s a streak that still baffles Dan Hartleb.
CHAMPAIGN — Kevin Johnson will have to wait until his next start to become the all-time innings-pitched leader in Illinois baseball history.
Thanks to his teammates, however, the senior right-hander faced no delay Friday night in reaching career victory No. 19.
College baseball preview: Purdue (11-19, 4-5 Big Ten) at Illinois (19-10, 2-4 Big Ten)
SCHEDULE: 6:05 p.m. Friday; 3:05 p.m. Saturday; 2:05 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Illinois Field.
TV: Sunday’s game is on the BTN, with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and John Cangelosi (analyst).
We should all be as optimistic as UI golf coach Mike Small. Every wayward shot is forgotten. Immediately!
And Terri Sullivan. The Illini softballers have been outscored 35-2 in their last four games, and she’s forever positive. For coaches, it’s in the DNA. You saw it this winter. For John Groce, it was always, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
CHAMPAIGN — Thomas Lindauer hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Illinois baseball team lost 8-4 to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday.
The Illini committed three errors in the sixth inning and the Panthers capitalized by scoring all eight of their runs in the frame.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In his first college start, Ryan Castellanos took down mighty Indiana on Sunday.
The freshman pitched six solid innings as the Illini beat No. 16 Indiana 3-2 to avoid a sweep while snapping the Hoosiers’ NCAA-leading 18-game winning streak.
Tyler Jay and Bryan Roberts combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
By The News-Gazette
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois baseball team outhit Indiana on Friday but couldn’t stop the No. 16 Hoosiers from extending their nation-best winning streak to 17 games in a 3-2 loss.