UI Roundup | Illini's Davis finishes in 15th

UI Roundup | Illini's Davis finishes in 15th

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jon Davis knew he would be an All-American before he stepped on the track on Saturday.

It was a matter of whether it would be first or second-team recognition.

It was the latter.

Entering the 3,000-meter race with the sixth-best time nationally at 7 minutes, 49.92 seconds — a school record — the Oakwood product fell short of that mark at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He crossed the line in 8 minutes, 21.69 seconds, finishing 15th out of the 16 racers in the field.

Northern Arizona's Andy Trouard was the 3K indoor champion (8:04.94).

Davis, who made his debut at the national indoor meet, was an outdoor All-American in the 5,000 meters last year.

In softball

Oestreich twirls no-hitter. Emily Oestreich did something that's only happened 12 other times in school history on Saturday.

The junior tossed a no-hitter — the 13th in program history — in the Illini's 11-0 run-rule victory over UMass-Lowell on Saturday in Starkville, Miss.

Oestreich (6-3) equaled a season-high eight strikeouts, while allowing just three base runners — all on walks — in six innings for the Illini (10-8).

Kate Giddens' grand slam triggered the six-inning run rule.

In baseball

Spartans snap UI's streak. The win streak ended at seven for Illinois.

Michigan State jumped out to an early lead and held on from there, handing the Illini a 4-2 defeat in Saturday's nightcap in Greenville, S.C.

Illinois began Saturday with a 14-5 drubbing of Furman. In winning two of three games this weekend, the Illini (8-4) amassed 31 runs, outscoring their opponents by 18.

In women's tennis

Illini dominate. Illinois' latest Big Ten match went a lot better than the previous one.

Eight days removed from their loss to Northwestern, the Illini made quick work of Indiana on Saturday at the Atkins Tennis Center with a 6-1 victory.

Illinois (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten) swept its doubles slate, and received wins in five of the six singles matches, as Jaclyn Switkes, Asuka Kawai, Mia Rabinowitz, Daniela Pedraza-Novak and Sasha Belaya each collected victories. All five Illini won in straight sets, with the closest match being Pedraza-Novak's 7-5, 7-6 (4) triumph.

The Illini have now won 10 straight matches against the Hoosiers (12-4, 0-1).

In women's diving

Kuhn places 13th. Diver Ling Kuhn wrapped up a successful season on Saturday.

Kuhn, a junior, posted a 10-dive total of 457.05 to place 13th overall at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

"I am really happy with how I ended and I got to finish strong," Kuhn said. "My last two dives are ones that I sometimes love and sometimes hate but I'm happy I got them in. This was a great learning experience and for next year, I will have stuff to work on."