STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Coach Dan Hartleb’s Illinois baseball team earned consecutive road sweeps for the first time since 2009, but the Illini worked for it Sunday.
Penn State scored two runs in the final inning, but Illinois held on for a 7-6 victory.
“The last out of the game was the toughest, but we hung in there,” Hartleb said. “We finally got the big double play at the end of the game. The difference in the games this weekend was that we came up with the two-out hits. We were very patient at the plate and got it done up and down the lineup.”
The Illini (21-14, 9-3 Big Ten) swept Northwestern in Evanston earlier this season.
In men’s golf:
Team takes second. Jonathan Hauter (71) finished at 215, tying for sixth and leading No. 8 Illinois to second place at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
Thomas Detry and David Kim tied for 11th for the Il-lini, who finished 1 stroke behind Iowa in the team standings.
The Hawkeyes (865) carded a 14-under-par 274 in the final round, while Illinois shot 3-under 285.
Johnson helps end skid. Kylie Johnson went 3 for 4 and drove in the winning run, leading Illinois to a 3-2 road victory against Purdue.
Katie Repole was 2 for 3, and pitcher Shelese Arnold allowed six hits in her complete-game victory.
In men’s tennis:
Squad gets No. 2 seed. Coach Brad Dancer’s 10th-ranked team capped a perfect record at home, defeating Wisconsin 4-1.
With the victory, Illinois earned the No. 2 seed for this week’s Big Ten tournament in East Lansing, Mich.
“I think our guys went out and got it done (Sunday),” Dancer said.
The Illini received a first-round bye and will face either Minnesota or Indiana on Friday.
In women’s tennis:
Team earns No. 5 seed. Coach Michelle Dasso’s squad defeated host Wisconsin 5-2 and claimed the No. 5 seed at this week’s Big Ten tournament at Northwestern.
The Illini will open the tournament at 10 a.m. Thursday against No. 12 seed Nebraska.
Michigan is the No. 1 seed, and Northwestern is the No. 2 seed.
“This weekend was a great way to end our season,” Dasso said. “Doubles is clicking, which is huge. We are a tough outdoor team, and it was the first weekend we played back-to-back outdoor matches.”
Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong, playing at No. 1 doubles, won their match 8-6.
Allison Falkin and Julia Jamieson, playing at No. 3 doubles, won their match 8-7.
Melissa Kopinski, playing at No. 3 singles, sealed the match with her 6-3, 6-1 victory.
In women’s golf:
Schuldt shows way. Ember Schuldt (74) finished fifth at 226, leading Illinois to sixth place at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.