Pitching brings Challenge win

Pitching brings Challenge win

CLEARWATER, Fla. – John Anderson and Chris Pack combined on a four-hitter as the Illinois baseball team beat Cincinnati 7-3 on Saturday at Jack Russell Stadium.

With the win, Illinois evened its record at 1-1 in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. The Illini finish the series today against West Virginia.

A day after three Illinois errors led to a 10-run inning by Pitt, the Illini had only one miscue.

"We played much better defensively today," Illinois coach Dan Hartleb said. "We bunched hits together well and took much better swings at the plate, and Anderson and Pack did a good job of putting us in position to win."

Outfielder Davis Hendrickson went 3 for 4 with two runs for the Illini. Shortstop Josh Parr had two hits and three RBI.

Cincinnati opened the scoring with a run in the second. But Illinois answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Parr drove in two runs with a single, and Hendrickson stole home for another.

Illinois took command with three more runs in the fourth. Cincinnati scored its final two runs in the top of the sixth.

Pack, making his debut for the Illini, allowed two hits and two walks in four innings. Starter Anderson had four strikeouts.

In softball:

UI takes two. Jackie Guy had three hits and Hollie Pinchback, Kelley Wedel and Jessica Davis had two each as Illinois stopped Florida International 7-4 Saturday at the Blue & Gold Felsberg Memorial Tournament in Miami.

The Illini won their opener 8-0 against Pitt in five innings. Guy allowed one hit to improve to 2-2. Pinchback and Danielle Zymkowitz led the offense with two hits each. Pinchback drove in three runs, and Zymkowitz plated two. Wedel homered and drove in two runs.

In men's gymnastics:

Nittany Lions hold on. Illini Tyler Mizoguchi won the all-around and two individual events, but No. 3 Penn State edged No. 2 Illinois 352.100-351.000 at Huff Hall.

In women's gymnastics:

Illini roll. Alina Weinstein took the all-around and uneven parallel bars as Illinois defeated Illinois-Chicago 195.975-192.150 at Huff Hall. The Illini took at least the top two spots in all four events.

In women's swimming & diving:

Illini last. Illinois failed to finish in the top 10 of any individual events on the final day of the Big Ten Championships at Bloomington, Ind. Host Indiana won the meet.

In men's tennis:

Long night leads to quarters. Illinois rallied after losing the doubles point to defeat Texas A&M 4-1 late Friday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Seattle. The Illini played a late Saturday match against No. 1 Virginia.

Against the Aggies, Abe Souza and Bruno Abdelnour each battled back in their respective matches after dropping the first set, with Abdelnour recording the deciding point.

Souza and Johnny Hamui were up 7-6 against No. 1 Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo before the Texas A&M duo rallied securing the next two games to clinch the doubles point.

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