Workhorse Johnson climbs career chart

CARBONDALE — Senior Kevin Johnson moved into fourth place on Illinois’ career innings-pitched list, leading the Illini to a 4-1 nonconference baseball victory against Southern Illinois on Friday.

Johnson fanned four and limited SIU to seven hits in eight scoreless innings.

“Kevin Johnson did an outstanding job today,” UI coach Dan Hartleb said.

Mori, Wilner shine in defeat

CHAMPAIGN — Senior Yoshi Mori won titles on floor and pommel horse, but seventh-ranked Illinois lost 438.900-436.250 to top-ranked Penn State in men’s gymnastics Saturday night at Huff Hall.

Mike Wilner posted the Illini’s best mark ever (15.900) to claim the rings crown.

In baseball:

Distance medley sets record

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Illinois’ Kyle Engnell, Stephon Pamilton, Ryan Lynn and Graham Morris broke an 18-year-old school record in the distance medley relay, finishing sixth overall in 9 minutes, 29.40 seconds Friday at the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet.

The previous record (9:36.33) was set in 1995 by Eric Henson, Ben Beyers, Chris Saunders and Marko Koers.

Roundup: Baseball still streaking

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Freshman Nick Blackburn pitched into the seventh inning as Illinois extended its winning streak to three with a 5-2 win against Boston College at the Keith LeClair Classic.

Weinstein continues record run

CHAMPAIGN — Alina Weinstein set a new school record in the all-around Saturday, and No. 21 Illinois needed every fraction of a point the senior could muster to defeat Iowa, 195.975-195.875 in Big Ten women’s gymnastics at Huff Hall.

Baseball has a blast in opener

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Parr and Thomas Lindauer drove in three runs apiece to back effective performances on the mound and in the field as Illinois rolled to a season-opening 13-2 baseball victory against Tennessee Tech on Friday.

“I was very pleased with the first outing,” Illini coach Dan Hartleb said. “We played all three aspects of the game very, very well.”

Gay fires no-hitter

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Pepper Gay threw the 10th no-hitter in Illinois history as the Illini knocked off Northern Iowa (8-0 in six innings) and Green Bay (6-3) to end the UNI Dome Tournament with a 3-2 mark.

Gay had two strikeouts and allowed only one base runner (on an error) in her no-hitter. Kylie Johnson and Jess Perkins drove in two runs apiece.

Kroner: Softball team has spring in its step

Fred Kroner, who has covered Illinois softball every year of its existence as a varsity program, looks at the upcoming season, which started Friday against defending national champion Alabama:

Illinois softball adds athletes in the circle

Plenty of Illinois sports had a number of recruits ink letters of intent on Nov. 14.

Even with National Signing Day taking place almost a month ago, we'll take a look each Wednesday leading up to Christmas at some of the recruits other Illini teams were able to sign. Last week we profiled volleyball coach Kevin Hambly's three additions to the Class of 2013. 

Class action: A rundown of Illinois' newest signees

On Wednesday, prep standouts kept the Illinois fax machines humming, letters of intent coming in for a variety of sports. The rundown:

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