EVANSTON — Pete Cappetta had four hits to back a solid effort by starter Corey Kimes as the Illini beat Northwestern 9-4 to take the series from the Wildcats.
Illinois (17-22, 8-7 Big Ten) has won three series in five conference weekends and sits in a tie for fourth place.
"It's good to come in here and win a series on the road," coach Dan Hartleb said. "If you look around the conference, we were the only road team to win a series this weekend, which is huge."
Kimes allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out four and walked four while improving to 2-4.
Cappetta, who had three RBI Sunday, was 8 for 12 in the series, including a home run.
"Corey is very capable of being dominant on the mound and he did a good job of putting zeroes on the board," Hartleb said. "And Pete was just awesome all weekend. He was on base early in games and put pressure on their pitchers."
Cappetta had three RBI, and Josh Parr added two for the Illini.
Illini honored. Daniel Ribeiro and Melissa Fernandez were named Most Valuable at Sunday's season-ending banquet at the I-Hotel, the seniors being honored for their contributions both in the gym and out.
Ribeiro was a two-time national champion on pommel horse and was a Nissen-Emery Award finalist. He also was named the Yoshi Hayasaki Award recipient for consistency.
Fernandez, a three-time All-American, garnered four team awards Sunday. She was Most Valuable for the second year in a row, shared Most Outstanding (with fellow senior Allison Buckley). She also was Most Consistent on Beam and tied with Samantha Perino for Scholar-Athlete Award.