CARBONDALE — Freshman right-hander John Kravetz (3-0) allowed five hits, struck out four and didn't issue a walk in leading the Illinois baseball team to a 7-2 win against Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Seven Illini recorded multiple hits in the contest, led by Justin Parr (RBI), Davis Hendrickson and Alex Lincoln, who all had three. Bill Charvat had two hits to go along with three RBI and Willie Argo drove home a pair for Illinois (9-6).
In men's gymnastics:
Maestas leads charge at Iowa. C.J. Maestas won the floor exercise, the rings and shared the vault crown with teammate Alex Varga en route to winning the all-around title for the Illini in their 350.450-337.800 win against host Iowa.
Yoshi Mori, who finished second to Maestas in the all-around, won the pommel horse. Austin Phillips won the high bar, and Jordan Valdez was a winner on the parallel bars.
In women's gymnastics:
Weinstein, Illini dominate. Alina Weinstein won the uneven parallel bars and finished second on the vault and balance beam en route to the all-around title in leading Illinois to its fifth straight State of Illinois Classic title at Huff Hall. Kelsey Joannides won the beam and floor exercise to finish second in the all-around and Amber See won on the vault as the Illini, who posted a season-high score of 196.150, swept all four events in the competition that also featured Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago.
Illini split on Day 2. Alex Booker had two hits and an RBI while Nikki Simpson drove in two runs to lead the Illini to a 7-2 win against Massachusetts to open Day 2 of the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. The Illini (12-10) dropped a 5-0 decision to Maryland later in the day, despite two hits from Kelley Wedel.
In women's track & field:
Spencer starts season in style. Ashley Spencer won the 200 (23.08 seconds) and teamed with Breeana Coleman, Ashley Kelly and Kayla Smith to win the 400 relay (43.82) for Illinois in its outdoor season opener at the Central Florida Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando.
Illinois also got wins from Amanda Duvendack in the 800 (2:10.47) and LaToya Griffith in the 400 hurdles (59.05).