Illinois gymnasts rock

Illinois gymnasts rock

Travis Romagnoli (57.8) and Leo Oka (career-best 57.4) took first and second in the all-around, leading the fifth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team to a school-record score in a 230-227.75 victory against second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday at Huff Hall.

"It all came together tonight," coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "However, I don't want to be satisfied with this score because I feel we can work on things and top this competition."

Romagnoli tied for first in the high bar and pommel horse. Oka tied for first on the rings. Linh Hoang finished second in both the vault and floor exercise.

The women also established a school scoring record, beating the Buckeyes 195.8-195.175 behind Phaedra Dixon's victory in the all-around at 39.35.

Gina Weichmann won the balance beam en route to second place (39.225) in the all-around. Becky Ashton was third at 39.025.

In baseball:

Illini heat up.

The wind chill kept temperatures in the single digits Saturday in Lexington, Ky., but the Illinois baseball team rode some hot bats to double digits and a pair victories.

Second baseman D.J. Svihlik homered, scored three runs and drove in five as Illinois beat host Kentucky 15-7 in the first game.

The UI (4-1) handed Indiana its first loss of the season in Game 2, a 16-10 triumph. T.J. Jackson and Rob Fischerhomered, and Todd McClure had three hits and four RBI. Reliever Tom Trayser allowed one run in three innings to close the door.

"We swung the bats well in both games," coach Itch Jones said.

In women's tennis:

UI falls.

Stacy Schapiro was Illinois' lone double-winner as the Illini lost 5-4 to North Carolina at Atkins Tennis Center.

Schapiro won 7-6, 7-5 at No. 2 singles and teamed with Allison Gottlieb to win 9-8 (8-6) at No. 3 doubles.

In men's golf:

Points pounces.

D.A. Points shot a 69 and stands in ninth place at 141 after two rounds of the Matlock Invitational at Lakeland, Fla. Illinois is 13th in the team standings.