Baseball completes sweep of Redbirds

Baseball completes sweep of Redbirds

CHAMPAIGN — The offense kept rolling. So did the wins.

Illinois baseball finished off a three-game sweep of Illinois State with a dominating 12-1 victory on Sunday in front of 661 fans at Illinois Field.

The Illini led 9-0 by the second inning and didn't let up against the Redbirds, relying on four home runs and solid outings from six pitchers.

Ben Troike hit his first two home runs of the season for Illinois (17-4) and finished 3 of 5 with three runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Cam McDonald (2 for 5, four RBI) and Grant Van Scoy (3 for 4, two RBI) also hit home runs — their first of the season — to stake the Illini to their early advantage.

Nathan Lavender started on the mound and earned his first career win with Illinois, throwing four shutout innings and only allowing two hits. Sean Leland, Ryan Schmitt, Caleb Larson, Tyler Engel and Quinten Sefcik each threw one inning of relief against the Redbirds (13-9).

Illinois has now swept all four of its three-game series this season and are back in action at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Indiana State in nonconference action.

In men's golf

Freshman leads Illini. Adrien Dumont de Chassart played beyond his years at the Tar Heel Invitational this weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C.

On Sunday, that meant the Illini freshman won individual honors, cruising to a six-shot victory after closing play at 9-under par in his three rounds.

"I'm proud of Adrien," UI coach Mike Small said. "He has made great progress this week, and he really finished it off with a lot of presence and confidence."

Illinois finished second at the 14-team tournament, with Giovanni Tadiotto and Michael Feagles tying for sixth.

"As a team, our play (Sunday) was not representative of our program and where we want to be at year's end," Small said. "Even though we finished in second, we only beat three teams during the final round, and that is unacceptable for Illinois golf."

In men's gymnastics

Illini fall to Buckeyes. Johnny Jacobson won titles in the floor and all-around, but Illinois lost 406.600-404.00 to Ohio State on Sunday in the regular-season finale for Illinois.

Michael Paradise (pommel horse), Alex Diab (still rings), Jacob Light (vault) and Ross Thompson (high bar) also placed first for Illinois.

In men's tennis

Illini sweep Boilermakers. Brad Dancer's program concluded a long week of travel by clinching a 4-0 win on Sunday at Purdue in Big Ten action.

The 13th-ranked Illini won the doubles point thanks to victories from the pairings of Noe Khlif and Zeke Clark at No. 2 doubles (6-1) and Alex Brown and Aleks Kovacevic (6-1) at No. 1 doubles.

The Illini (9-6, 3-0 Big Ten rattled off wins by Gui Gomes at No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-2), Clark at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-3) and Keenan Mayo at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-4).

"It's great to get another conference road win," Dancer said.

Illinois returns home for a noon match this Saturday against Nebraska at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana after playing at Florida and Central Florida last week.

"We have been on the road a while," Dancer said. "Cannot wait to get back to our fans."

In women's tennis

Illini stumble against UCF. Asuka Kawai recorded a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles for Illinois, but that was the only victory for the Illini in a 4-1 loss at Central Florida on Sunday.

Illinois (6-9) is back home at noon on Friday against Rutgers in the Illini's first match at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana since March 1.

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