URBANA — Eighth-ranked Texas A&M won the doubles point, but 22nd-ranked Illinois roared back with four singles victories Friday night at Atkins Tennis Center.
The Illini, behind Farris Gosea and Jared Hiltzik, defeated the Aggies 4-1.
Gosea and Hiltzik won their No. 2 doubles match 6-3. Hiltzik, playing at No. 1 singles, won 6-3, 6-2. Gosea, playing at No. 2 singles, won 6-3, 6-5.
Tim Kopinski (No. 3 singles) and Blake Bazarnik (No. 5 singles) also were victorious.
In men’s gymnastics:
Maestas tops mark. Illinois’ C.J. Maestas set the NCAA record on still rings with a 16.450 at Iowa. The Illini defeated the Hawkeyes 433.35-420.3.
In women’s gymnastics:
Wolverines defeat UI. The Illini, led by Sunny Kato and Elizabeth McNabb, scored a 48.950 on beam, but Michigan defeated the Illini 195.800-195.575 at Huff Hall. Kato and McNabb each posted 9.825 on beam.
Illini take two. First baseman Remeny Perez went 3 for 4, including a home run, with five RBI, leading the Illini to a 12-2 five-inning victory against Illinois-Chicago in their season opener at The Dome at Rosemont.
Second baseman Allie Bauch scored three runs and drove in three runs in the victory. Teammate Alex Booker had two RBI.
Winning pitcher Shelese Arnold allowed two runs on four hits in her complete game.
Illinois improved to 2-0 later in the day, defeating Loyola 11-1 behind Booker, Bauch, Jenna Mychko and Ruby Rivera.
Booker had three RBI against the Ramblers. Bauch went 3 for 5 with two RBI, and Mychko drove in two. Rivera went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Winning pitcher Brandi Needham scattered five hits in five innings.
In men’s track & field:
Pamilton third. Illinois’ Stephon Pamilton (47.48 seconds) finished third in the 400 meters at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
In women’s track & field:
Bloch-Jones shines. Illinois’ Kandie Bloch-Jones, an Argenta-Oreana product, placed second in the high jump at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Bloch-Jones went 5 feet, 81/2 inches.
Illini win thriller. Jesse Delgado (125 pounds) won by technical fall, leading the No. 15 Illini to an 18-16 victory against host Purdue.
Zach Brunson (157), Tony Dallago (174) and Nikko Reyes (184) won by decision for Illinois, which received a victory by major decision from Jackson Morse at 165.
“It was kind of an ugly dual win (Friday night),” UI coach Jim Heffernan said.