Saturday's UI roundup: Baseball knocks off No. 20 Wake Forest

Saturday's UI roundup: Baseball knocks off No. 20 Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Illinois baseball balanced good arms with strong bats Saturday afternoon to claim a 5-2 victory over No. 20 Wake Forest.

With the score tied at 1 entering the sixth inning, freshman Cam McDonald hit a run-scoring single up the middle to give the Illini (2-0) an advantage. Then, after the Demon Deacons tied it at 2, McDonald lined another RBI single to kick off a three-run eighth inning that delivered a bulk of Illinois' 10 hits.

Right-handed reliever Sean Leland pitched 2 1 / 3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts for the win, while righty closer Garrett Acton earned the save.

In softball

Illini sweep ACC. Illinois took down both Boston College and Georgia Tech for the second straight day, sweeping all four of its games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Atlanta.

The Illini (7-2) trailed the Eagles by a run after the first frame in Saturday's first game, but used a six-run third inning to follow through to a 7-3 win.

Three first-inning runs got Illinois out to a running start in its second game of the day, a 7-3 victory over Georgia Tech.

In women's gymnastics

UI wins on road. A season-high 49.050 on beam keyed Illinois' first road win of the season Saturday over Iowa, with Shaylah Scott winning the beam title and Karen Howell (all-around) and Kasey Meeks (vault) also posting victories.

In men's track and field

Relay sets school record. Illinois set a new standard Saturday when its distance medley relay team finished in 9 minutes, 29.19 seconds to set a new program record and take third at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

The team, which consisted of Jesse Reiser, Joe Haight, Denis O'Callaghan and Jon Davis, also clocked the ninth-fastest DMR time in the nation.

In women's track and field

Illini finish eighth. An Illini distance medley relay team featuring Madison Marasco, Felicia Phillips, Mikaela Lucki and Rebecca Craddock struggled Saturday, taking eighth place with a time of 11 minutes, 30.01 seconds at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind.