Workhorse Johnson sets innings record

Workhorse Johnson sets innings record

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin Johnson will remember this win for some time.

The Illinois senior right-hander set the school’s career record for innings pitched during the Illini’s 9-2 win at Ohio State on Friday night to push Illinois’ winning streak to five games.

Johnson recorded the Big Ten victory for the Illini (24-10, 6-4) by allowing two hits in 51/3 innings.

He left with a comfortable seven-run lead thanks to the Illini offense, which scored four runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

The bullpen did the rest when Johnson (6-2) — who now has 333 career innings and surpassed Mark Dressen’s previous record of 3282/3 innings — exited in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“It is definitely cool to have the record, but I am even happier that we got the win,” Johnson said. “It comes with a certain amount of luck with not getting injured, and I am very thankful to get where I’m at in my career.”

Drasen Johnson, J.D. Nielsen and Charlie Naso did not allow a hit in 32/3 scoreless innings of relief, and Justin Parr extended his nation-best hitting streak to 22 games with a three-run triple in the sixth.  

In men’s tennis:
Finishing strong. Senior Stephen Hoh picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles and the Illini cruised to a 6-1 win against Indiana at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday as part of Illinois’ Senior Day.

Jared Hiltzik, ranked 31st, won the No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-3, Tim Kopinski won the No. 3 singles match 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (7), Alex Jesse won the No. 5 singles match 6-2, 6-2, and Farris Gosea won the No. 6 singles match 6-1, 6-1. Illinois (14-9, 7-3) won the doubles point after Gosea and Kopinski, along with Hiltzik and Jesse, each won their matches.

In women’s tennis:
Illini continue roll. Illinois recorded its fourth straight win after a 4-3 victory at Big Ten foe Indiana on Friday.

The 25th-ranked doubles tandem of Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White won 8-6 at the top doubles spot while Allison Falkin and Misia Kedzierski won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles to give Illinois (13-9, 6-4) the doubles point.

In singles, Falkin won 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 2 slot, White won 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 4 position and Kedzierski claimed a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 5.
“(Friday) was another big win for us,” Illinois coach Michelle Dasso said. “We gutted it out, and I was so proud to see Rachael clinch the win for us on our senior weekend.”

In women’s track & field:
Porada tops field. Katie Porada held off the other 50 runners to place first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 26.78 seconds on Friday night at the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

In women’s soccer:
Denenberg honored. Senior Nicole Denenberg will represent the United States team at the 19th World Maccabiah Games held July 17-30 in Jerusalem.