LINCOLN, Neb. — Justin Parr had two hits and drove in four runs to help Illinois to an 11-3 win against Nebraska in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday.
Kevin Johnson picked up the win for the Illini, improving to 4-1. The right-hander scattered nine hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
Thomas Lindauer and Davis Hendrickson (two doubles) each had three hits and an RBI for Illinois (11-7, 1-0 Big Ten). Willie Argo and Jordan Parr (two RBI) added two hits each.
In men’s track & field:
Fraker opens outdoor season in style. Freshman Davis Fraker’s win in the hammer throw was the lone victory for Illinois at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Starkville, Miss.
Teammate Brett Ramirez finished fourth to Fraker in that event.
Josh Hodur (pole vault) and Kyle Engnell (1,500) each managed second-place finishes. Urbana University High product Malcolm Taylor was third in the 800. Stanley Azie (100), Brandon Stryganek (200) and Dan Kremske (3,000) also had third-place showings, as did the 400 relay team featuring Stryganek, Azie, D.J. Zahn and Josh Zinzer.
Josh Jones (800), Jordan Hebert (3,000) and Branden Tanthavong (triple jump) all finished fourth. Stryganek also had a fifth-place showing in the 100.
In women’s track & field:
Richartz sets standard. Stephanie Richartz set the school record en route to winning the pole vault (13 feet, 8.25 inches) and Latoya Griffith won the 400 hurdles for Illinois in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Starkville, Miss.
Richartz’s mark also set the record at Mississippi State’s Carl Maddox Track.
Griffith teamed with Moriyike Akinosun, Kawanna Brooks and Kayla Smith to finish fourth in the 400 relay, and with Marissa Golliday, Amanda Duvendack and Ryisha Boyd to finish third in the 1,600 relay.
Smith was second in the 200 and fourth in the 400. Brooks was second in the long jump and fourth in the 100 hurdles.
In men’s golf:
Pieters takes seventh. Sophomore Thomas Pieters carded a 6-under-par 66 and finished with a career-low 54-hole score of 206, tying for seventh at the Borono Collegiate Cup in San Diego. It was the fifth top-10 finish of the season for Pieters, who finished 4 strokes behind winner J.J. Spaun of San Diego State.
“Thomas played solid and had a great comeback from his last event,” Illinois coach Mike Small said. “He had a great finish today, so I was very happy for him.”
The Illini shot 10-over 1,090 and finished ninth in the 16-team field. San Diego State (1,051) won the event.
Illinois’ Luke Guthrie finished tied for 14th (211) after shooting a final-round 71.