Baseball team tops Florida again

Baseball team tops Florida again

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pitching is one of Illinois’ strengths this season. No. 23 Florida will attest to that.

Starter Drasen Johnson posted 61/3 scoreless innings and reliever Tyler Jay earned his third save of the season, leading the Illini (6-4) to a 5-1 victory Sunday against the Gators, who lost 6-0 to the UI on Friday.

“It was an impressive win (Sunday),” UI coach Dan Hartleb said. “Drasen was outstanding. He was dominant early and kept his pitch total down. He stayed down in the zone and was impressive.”

Jay helped preserve the Illini’s 2-0 lead in the seventh inning, inducing a fly to center and a groundout to third.

“Tyler did a great job in a pressure situation,” Hartleb said. “He took the wind out of their sails when he escaped the first and third, one out with no runs.”

In the top of the eighth inning, the Illini added three insurance runs.

Ryan Nagle went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and Reid Roper was 2 for 5 with two RBI.

“Offensively, our guys came up with a bunch of clutch hits,” said Hartleb, whose team has won four in a row. “I was really pleased with the way we performed.”

In men's golf:

Campbell goes low. Illinois golfer Brian Campbell carded an 8-under-par 64, the second-best score in school history, during the first round of the USF Invitational and was 1 stroke behind the leader Sunday in Dade City, Fla.
Campbell and teammate Charlie Danielson, who was eighth at 68, helped lead the Illini to a fourth-place tie at 280 with Mercer. North Carolina-Greensboro and Florida State were tied for first at 275. Memphis was third at 277.
The tournament continues today.

In men’s tennis:

Team keeps streak intact. The seventh-ranked UI men’s tennis team, which played without sophomore standout Jared Hiltzik, defeated 23rd-ranked Northwestern 4-1 on Sunday in Evanston.
The Illini earned their 24th consecutive victory against the Wildcats.