Men's tennis team on brink of title

EVANSTON — The Illinois men's tennis team dominated Michigan in Saturday's Big Ten semifinals, winning 4-0.

And their prize? Another match with Ohio State, the six-time defending Big Ten champions.

Top-seeded Ohio State is 31-2 and ranked third nationally. The Buckeyes own a 92-match winning streak in the Big Ten.

Guthrie goes low to defend title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Luke Guthrie shot a 5-under 67, rallying from a 6-stroke deficit to defend his title at the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday.

Guthrie entered tied for seventh but leapfrogged everybody, finishing at 3 under for his second win of the season.

Thomas Pieters was 11th for the fourth-place Illini.

Pitcher's a hit at the plate for Illini

URBANA — Pepper Gay is finding new ways to help the Illini softball team.

The junior, who has pitched in 35 of the first 41 Illinois games, showed she can do something with a bat in her hands, too.

Illinois Softball vs Purdue

Illinois hosted the Purdue softball team at Eichelberger Field on Saturday April 21, 2012 and beat the Boilermakers 3-1.

Tate: A spring checkup

Northwestern scored zero points in three Big Ten Outdoor track and field championships in the early-80s, and dropped the sport in 1988. Only the ghosts of past runners, jumpers, etc., traipse around Evanston.

Softball trying to break out

URBANA — In a year where losses have — thus far — outnumbered wins, the Illini softball team is trying to avoid a lost season.

To get there, they're going to build around a winning attitude.

"This team has a lot of heart," said junior Jessica Davis, who homered Sunday as Illinois split a doubleheader with Wisconsin at Eichelberger Field. "We care about each other."

Roundup: 'Grandma' still chipping in for softball team

URBANA — Danielle Vaji has been active in the Illinois softball program longer than any athlete since the sport was implemented on the campus 13 years ago.

She's a fifth-year senior who has actually appeared in games for five different years. Her sophomore season was ended after five games by a knee injury, and Vaji was granted a medical redshirt.

Illinois vs Wisconsin Softball 2012


Illinois take on Wisconsin in softball action at Eichelberger Field in Urbana on Saturday, April 14, 2012. 

Softball team tops EIU

CHARLESTON — Freshman third baseman Jess Perkins tied the game in the sixth inning with the first home run of her career and redshirt senior Danielle Vaji doubled in the eventual winning run in the eighth, leading Illinois to a 4-1 nonconference softball victory against Eastern Illinois on Thursday.

Spring, Maestas honored

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The accolades keep pouring in for the Illinois men's gymnastics team. A night after the Illini won their fourth straight Big Ten championship, Justin Spring was honored as the conference's Coach of the Year for the third straight year and C.J. Maestas was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year as well as Gymnast of the Year.