Parr continues hitting streak

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior Justin Parr extended his hitting streak to 24 games, but Illinois lost 7-3 to Ohio State on Sunday in Big Ten Conference baseball.

Parr’s streak is second best in school history, one game behind Ryan Snowden’s mark that he set in 2007.

The Illini led 2-0, but the Buckeyes scored six runs in the second inning.

“We gave up the six-run inning and couldn’t string hits together to get back into it,” UI coach Dan Hartleb said. “Our offense was very good on Friday night, but we didn’t get the situational hitting we needed over the next two games, so it was a tough end to the series. We are still .500 through half our Big Ten games, so we just need to put this series behind us and look forward.”

Illinois (24-12, 6-6 Big Ten) is in seventh place in the league standings, with four Big Ten series remaining.
 
In women’s gymnastics:
Weinstein 12th. Illinois senior Alina Weinstein placed 12th in floor exercise, posting a  9.75 in the individual event finals at the NCAA Championships on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Michigan’s Joanna Sampson won the title with a 9.9375.

In softball:
Arnold tosses another shutout. Shelese Arnold allowed two hits, and Illinois blanked Indiana 8-0 on Sunday at Eichelberger Field.

It was Arnold’s second consecutive shutout and capped a series sweep for the Illini (14-25, 4-11 Big Ten), who moved into a ninth-place tie with Iowa in the league standings.

In men’s golf:
Pieters paces squad. Thomas Pieters tied for fourth at 216, 5 strokes behind the winner, leading Illinois to third place in the team standings at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Louisville and Iowa tied for first at 878, and the Illini were 2 strokes behind.

In women’s golf:
Postillion, Schuldt show way. Illinois’ Samantha Postillion and Ember Schuldt tied for 26th at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.

The Illini finished 11th in the team standings.

In men’s tennis:
Hiltzik, Jesse win twice. Jared Hiltzik won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Alex Jesse to win at No. 1 doubles, leading the Illini to a 5-2 victory against host Purdue.
Jesse won at No. 6 singles.

In women’s tennis:
White shines in defeat. Rachael White was victorious at No. 3 singles and teamed with Melissa Kopinski to win at No. 1 doubles, but Purdue defeated Illinois 5-2 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

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