Roundup: Parr extends streak, golfers start fast
CHAMPAIGN — One streak continued while another one ended.
With the Illini trailing Northwestern 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth and his 24-game hitting streak on the line, Justin Parr lined a single up the middle to tie the school record set by Ryan Snowden in 2007.
Parr later scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Reid Roper to force extra innings. After the teams traded runs in the 10th inning, Northwestern’s Jack Havey homered in the 13th to send Northwestern to a 4-3 win at Illinois Field, ending a five-game slide against its in-state rival.
The left-handed-swinging Parr went 1 for 6.
Twin brother Jordan Parr (RBI, run) and Brandon Hohl each had two hits to lead the Illini (24-12, 6-7 Big Ten).
In men's golf
FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Illinois’ drive toward a fifth straight conference title in men’s golf is off to a promising start.
Mike Small’s squad led the Big Ten tournament by 2 shots over Minnesota after 36 holes on Friday at the Pete Dye Course. The Illini shot 3-over-par 291 in the first round and followed with a 294. Reigning national champion Thomas Pieters was tied with Indiana’s Brant Peaper atop the leaderboard at 4-under 140. They led Minnesota’s Erik Van Rooyen by 3 stokes halfway through the championship.
Pieters’ teammate, Brian Campbell, was tied for ninth, 7 strokes off the pace.
“Thomas played solid,” Small said. “Two under par on this golf course is really solid. He had flashes of good play; he had some stretches where it wasn’t the best. But everybody has those stretches. What was good about Thomas’ bad stretches was he stopped them and turned them around.”
In men’s tennis:
Dancer’s crew. A year ago, the Illini stunned mighty Ohio State, ending the Buckeyes’ 92-match Big Ten win streak in the Big Ten tournament title match.
Thanks to a 4-2 win against Northwestern on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, the Illini (16-9) will looks to end the fourth-ranked Buckeyes’ current 12-match reign against conference opponents in today’s semifinal.
Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski and Farris Gosea all won singles matches for the Illini on Friday.
The teams of Kopinski/Ross Guignon and Hiltzik/Alex Jesse won their matches to secure the doubles point.
“It was a good team effort today,” UI coach Brad Dancer said. “Kopinski embodied what we preach daily. He played relentlessly and kept his composure. Jared did a great job against a strong senior opponent. Coach (Marcos) Asse did a tremendous job managing Gosea, Hoh and Kopinski.”
In women’s tennis:
Breanne Smutko’s 7-5, 6-1 win against Purdue’s Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum at No. 4 singles was the only victory for fifth-seeded Illinois in a 4-1 loss to the fourth-seeded Boilermakers at Big Ten Championships at Bloomington, Ind. Michelle Dasso’s team will find out Tuesday if it will receive an at-large berth to the 64-team NCAA tournament.
“I hope today wasn’t the last match this team plays together because I think there is more in us,” Dasso said.
In women’s golf:
Samantha Postillion shot a 5-over 77 and was tied for 29th after the first round of the Big Ten Championships at French Lick, Ind. As a team, Illinois is tied for ninth at 311, 24 strokes behind Northwestern.
Jess Perkins went 2 for 2 with four RBI, including a three-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, to power Illinois to a 6-2 win against host Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Pepper Gay went the distance to pick up the win, allowing six hits and striking out two.
In women’s track & field:
Amanda Duvendack, Chloe Schmidt, Ahliva Spencer and Samantha Murphy teamed to finish second in the 3,200 relay for Illinois, finishing in 8 minutes, 37.02 seconds at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. In the high jump, Marissa Golliday cleared 5 feet, 7.65 inches to finish eighth.
In men’s track & field:
Illinois’ Matthew Bane cleared 17 feet, 4.5 inches to finish second in the pole vault and the 3,200 relay team of Zebo Zebe, Luke Carroll, Josh Jones, and Ryan Lynn crossed the finish line in 7:28.19 to also finish second for the Illini at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Zebe teamed with Liam Markham, Juan Green and Ian Barnett to finish third in the distance medley relay (9:50.98).