Michigan on tap for UI softball
EVANSTON — Illinois’ softball team won its first game at the Big Ten tournament in 10 years Thursday. The Illini’s reward for their 6-0 victory against Iowa: a game against top-seeded Michigan at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Illinois scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning, including a leadoff home run by freshman Nicole Evans, against the Hawkeyes.
Brandi Needham tossed her second five-hit shutout in a week for the Illini (24-25).
“The first game of a conference tournament can always be interesting, and defense is so key in those games,” UI coach Terri Sullivan said. “We had to have strong defense for seven innings, and we were getting runners on but just not pushing them across.”
In women's golf:
Miller starts strong. Illinois’ Stephanie Miller carded a 3-over-par 75 during the first round of an NCAA women’s golf regional Thursday in Stillwater, Okla.
Teammate Ember Schuldt was at 7-over with a 79.
“Steph got off to a great start (Thursday),” UI coach Renee Slone said. “She put herself in the right positions and capitalized on her opportunities with some birdies.”