Squad defeats Kentucky in exhibition match.
URBANA — The Illinois volleyball team defeated Kentucky during a four-set spring practice match Saturday.
The Illini won 25-22, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20 at Kenney Gym. The match took place there because of renovation work at Huff Hall.
In men’s golf:
Illini lead field. Thanks to superb rounds from Jonathan Hauter and Charlie Danielson, Illinois held a 5-shot lead on Louisville heading into Sunday’s final round at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
Hauter shot a 2-under-par 70 and was tied for fifth place. Danielson carded a 1-under 71 and was tied for 10th.
Late hits key Illini. Trailing 3-2 to start the seventh inning, Illinois scratched together a four-run inning to win 8-3 Saturday at Penn State and move into sole possession of second place in the Big Ten.
Shortstop Adam Walton came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to put the Illini (20-14, 8-3 Big Ten) ahead 4-3 and extend Walton’s hitting streak to 16 games.
First baseman David Kerian followed Walton’s at-bat with a two-run single to push the Illini’s lead to 6-3.
“We got a lot of clutch hitting with two outs,” UI coach Dan Hartleb said. “It was good to see some guys take good swings in key situations. Road wins aren’t easy, but we found a way to win again.”
Right-hander John Kravetz (4-1) picked up the win, scattering nine hits and allowing two earned runs in 62/3 innings.
Needham shines in loss. The Illini lost their eighth consecutive game, falling 1-0 on Saturday at Purdue.
Ruby Rivera had two of Illinois’ three hits, as the Illini (18-21, 2-12 Big Ten) never had a runner reach third base.
Brandi Needham (13-11) threw a complete game, scattering five hits in six innings and striking out two, but she gave up a home run in the second inning to Purdue first baseman Ashley Burkhardt for the lone run.
“We just did not generate any offense, and there isn’t a way to win if you don’t score,” UI coach Terri Sullivan said. “We need to get our bats going again.”
In men’s track & field:
Pamilton sprints to first. Stephon Pamilton placed first in the 400-meter dash Saturday at the Bluegrass Classic in Lexington, Ky., winning the event in 46.53 seconds.
Illinois had two other first-place finishes, with Cody Klein winning the pole vault after he cleared 17 feet, 41/2 inches and the 400-meter relay team winning in 40.40.
In women’s track & field:
Petrey paces Illini. Illinois did not have an individual or relay team win an event at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet on Saturday, but Britten Petrey placed second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 26.62 seconds to lead the Illini.
In women’s golf:
Schuldt among top 10. Ember Schuldt shot a 7-over-par 152 during the first two rounds of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and was tied for eighth.
Illinois was tied for sixth in the 12-team field.