Slow start for softball team

Slow start for softball team

WACO, Texas – The Illinois softball team opened its season with an 11-10 loss to Texas-San Antonio on Friday in the Getterman Classic.

The Illini later dropped a 4-1 decision against Baylor.

"On Opening Day you're excited, but you have to be ready to play good softball," Illinois coach Terri Sullivan said. "We beat ourselves today by not playing solid defense on routine plays and fundamentals, and we know we will fix that."

Against Texas-San Antonio, Ashley Conrad led the offense with two hits and four RBI. Jessica Davis, Jackie Guy and Kelley Wedel each added two hits.

Pepper Gay struck out five and allowed two earned runs in six innings against Baylor. Hollie Pinchback homered for Illinois.

In wrestling:

No. 3 Penn State rolls. No. 3 Penn State topped No. 20 Illinois 23-13 despite big wins from Tony Dallago and Jimmy Kennedy in State College, Pa.

Dallago upended No. 13 Quentin Wright with a last-second reversal, 8-7, at 184 pounds.

"He was aggressive in his own way," UI coach Jim Heffernan said. "He made a bunch of things happen, and he ended up on top in crazy situations. When he can get in scrambles and he makes you wrestle him, he's going to do some great things. It was great for him to win an hour and a half from where he grew up."

Kennedy, ranked fourth, won his eighth straight bout with a 5-3 win against seventh-ranked Andrew Alton at 141.

Conrad Polz earned a 10-5 decision at 165, and Joe Barczak posted a 15-6 major decision against Nick Ruggear at 197.

In men's tennis:

Doubles sparks win. No. 16 Illinois won the doubles point for the first time this season and knocked off No. 12 Kentucky 4-3 at Atkins Tennis Center.

Abe Souza (No. 2), Johnny Hamui (No. 3) and Roy Kalmanovich (No. 4) earned singles wins for Illinois (4-2). Connor Roth-Stephen Hoh (No. 2) and Bruno Abdelnour-Dennis Nevolo (No. 3) earned doubles victories.

"There was a lot of tension in this match tonight," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said. "I think the nerves and anxiety were high. Our guys understood the value of this match. We came through on enough courts, including the doubles point, which was obviously a big factor tonight. I think Kentucky's a great team, but I think we can play better than we did tonight."

In women's gymnastics:

Buckley leads win. Allison Buckley captured the vault and all-around titles while Melissa Fernandez was victorious on balance beam in Illinois' 195.400-195.000 victory at Missouri.

Buckley earned her fourth all-around win of the season with a 39.250. She has 51 event titles, seven behind Nancy Thies' all-time record.

In men's golf:

UI opens with win. No. 7 Illinois opened the Big Ten Match Play event with a 5-0-1 victory against Minnesota in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Senior Clayton Parkhill, a Champaign Central product, posted a 6-and-4 victory at No. 6. Scott Langley halved his match at No. 1 against Donald Constable. Luke Guthrie won 3 and 2 at No. 2, and Chris DeForest posted a 4-and-2 win at No. 3.

In men's track & field:

Riley blazes. Andrew Riley posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time (7.69) in the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles before winning the event at the Tyson Invitational at Fayetteville, Ark.