Richartz sets mark for third

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois freshman Stephanie Richartz broke her own school record in the pole vault Friday while placing third at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships women's track and field meet.

Richartz cleared 13 feet, 3 3/4 inches to eclipse her previous mark of 13-1 3/4. The Mundelein Carmel graduate also holds the UI indoor record for the pole vault, setting that at the conference meet as well.

Seniors go out in style

URBANA — This will never happen again, at least not at Eichelberger Field: Audrey Gallien drove in the tying run. Ashley Conrad scored the winning run.

Gallien and Conrad were two of five Illini seniors who made their final appearance on their home field a successful one Saturday as the fourth-largest crowd in Martin Stadium history (1,023) watched.

Softball's NCAA chances: 'On the fence'

URBANA — Four guaranteed games are on the Illinois softball schedule.

There could be more.

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With a sweep of Iowa on Wednesday, Illinois softball strengthened its bid to make the NCAA tournament, moving into third place in the Big Ten. At least three teams have made the NCAAs in each of the last five years.

Baseball blanks Illinois College

CHAMPAIGN — Pete Cappetta had an inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning, leading Illinois to a 7-0 nonconference baseball victory against Illinois College on Wednesday night.

The shutout was the first for the Illini since a 7-0 victory against Purdue on May 15, 2010.

Tate: Leshoure has time to shine

Running backs have never been so disrespected as they are in today's NFL game. They are the most likely to be injured through the course of a season, and teams have learned not to count on them long-term.

Softball pitchers deliver in clutch

URBANA — For all the inconsistencies of Illinois' softball pitchers, there's also one universal truth.

Former college pitcher Terri Sullivan — the 12th-year Illini head coach — took notice.

Pinchback home run saves Illini

URBANA — Hollie Pinchback's two-run walkoff home run gave Illinois a 5-4 win against Northwestern on Saturday in a Big Ten softball game at Eichelberger Field.

Softball team drops two

Error on bases thwarts late rally


Soccer player earns elite invite

CARSON, Calif. — Illinois women's soccer player Vanessa DiBernardo was among 24 collegiate players selected to participate in the U.S. Under-23 National Team Training Camp.

The camp began Sunday and continues through May 1.