Sunday's UI roundup: Women's golf takes runner-up at Big Tens

MAINEVILLE, Ohio — An excellent final round was needed for the Illinois women's golf team to emerge a conference title at Sunday's Big Ten Championship.

And, with a three-stroke lead in the pocket after heavy rain washed out Saturday's second round, the Illini were able to shave four strokes off their first-round team score.

They just weren't alone in accomplishing the feat.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini edge by Nittany Lions

CHAMPAIGN — A five-run first inning got the Illinois baseball team going much faster Saturday afternoon than the team had one night earlier.

For all intents and purposes, though, the result ended up the same: with an Illini victory.

Friday's UI roundup: Illini softball left out in cold in series opener

URBANA — What a difference a few days made for the Illinois softball team.

A favorable wind direction — and warm weather — greeted the Illini on Wednesday afternoon. Illinois cashed in for 13 runs in a 13-4 home drubbing of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Asmussen | Illini coach Small no longer doubts Tiger

CHAMPAIGN — Of course, he watched. Just like the rest of us.

Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small was glued to his television Sunday morning and afternoon. Because Tiger Woods was back in the hunt at the Masters.

"I thought it was awesome," Small said. "It was a feel-good story, the way he's come back from his trials and tribulations."

Sunday's UI roundup: Illini sweep doubleheader at Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois baseball team clinched its first Big Ten series of the season Sunday, sweeping its doubleheader on the road at Minnesota with a 4-2 win in the opener before closing with a 13-3 victory.

The Illini (22-11, 3-5 Big Ten) will go for the series sweep of the Gophers (14-18, 6-5) at noon today.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini softball splits road doubleheader

IOWA CITY, Iowa. — A comeback was required for the Illinois softball team to leave Bob Pearl Softball Complex with a series victory.

Saturday's UI roundup: Diab, Carter emerge as Big Ten champs

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Make it four in a row.

Senior Alex Diab captured his fourth straight Big Ten title on still rings Saturday night at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, scoring 14.975 in the event to become just the second gymnast in conference history to win four straight Big Ten titles in any event.

Asmussen | Dream come true leads Nowlin to Augusta National

At just 20 years old, Tristyn Nowlin is checking off the biggest box on every golfer's bucket list.

Playing 18 holes at Augusta National? Got it.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be able to actually play it," Nowlin said.

Because of her ranking, the Illinois junior earned a spot at this week's inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur.

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.

UI roundup: Edwards pitches softball to victory

URBANA — Taylor Edwards didn’t need to overpower No. 23 Wisconsin when she took the circle Saturday for Illinois softball.

She simply had to record outs by any means necessary. And that’s exactly what the Arcola product did.

Edwards tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball to lift the Illini to a 2-0 victory over the nationally-ranked Badgers at Eichelberger Field.