Nebraska takes series opener

Nebraska takes series opener

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois baseball team isn’t in a tie for second anymore in the Big Ten.

The Illini are now in sole possession of third place after falling 2-1 against Nebraska in the series opener Thursday night.

That’s important when it comes to seeding purposes at the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

Illinois (30-18, 16-6 Big Ten) must win the final two games of its series against the Cornhuskers to earn the second seed after losing its first Big Ten road game this season.

Bauch, Johnson garner accolades. Two Illinois softball players received All-Midwest Region third-team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.

Second baseman Allie Bauch and right fielder Kylie Johnson were the two Illini recognized.

Bauch, who started all 50 games, hit a team-high eight home runs this season and compiled 23 RBI and a .347 average.

Johnson, a second-team All-Big Ten selection earlier in May, hit a team-best .383 and had 14 RBI.

Wilner receives academic honor. Illinois men’s gymnast Mike Wilner rated a Capital One Academic All-District award for NCAA Division I District Five schools on Thursday.

District Five includes schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Wilner, a junior computer engineering major, garnered a 3.73 grade-point average.

Big Ten scholarship rewards two Illini. Former Illinois men’s tennis player Bruno Abdelnour and Illinois swimmer Anne Goering were each recipients of a $7,500 scholarship awarded by the Big Ten.

Two athletes from each Big Ten school received the scholarships, which are given to athletes who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program. The scholarships are based primarily on academic achievements.

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