NORMAN, Okla. — The Illinois men’s gymnastics program failed to advance to the final round of the NCAA Championships during Thursday’s semifinal qualifier, placing fourth of six squads in the second of two heats.
The Illinois men’s gymnastics team arrived in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday for the 2015 NCAA Championships. Before the Illini left, staff writer SCOTT RICHEY, spent a little time with coach Justin Spring and the Illini’s top seven at Kenney Gym (complete transcript at IlliniHQ.com).
The NCAA men’s gymnastics title is Oklahoma’s to lose.
The Sooners own four consecutive runner-up finishes, boast seven high-scoring seniors and will compete Thursday through Saturday in fan-friendly Norman.
But if Ohio State can rock the football world, and if Wisconsin and Michigan State can crack basketball’s Final Four, who’s to say?
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Falling behind early hasn’t concerned Illinois softball of late.
The Illini bounced back from six runs down after half an inning against Indiana last weekend and won 22-12.
Sunday, Illinois saw Iowa grab a 5-0 lead after two frames. But the Illini took over from there, using a six-run third to fuel a 12-7 road win.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois softball used a pair of big innings to earn a 15-7 victory Saturday against Iowa, tying the teams’ three-game series at one.
The Illini (13-21, 4-4 Big Ten) scored six runs in the fourth inning and followed with an eight-run seventh.
Catcher Jess Perkins led the charge with three hits, five RBI and a run.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Illinois looked well on its way to a blowout win in the series finale against Michigan State with a 10-2 lead after plating three more runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday. Then the Spartans scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and four more in the eighth to pull within one run at 10-9.
By SPENCER BROWN
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Illini opened their Big Ten baseball season with an impressive 8-4 victory against Michigan State on Saturday.
Kevin Duchene set the tone, striking out five Spartans and allowing one earned run in six innings. Duchene improved to 4-1.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Six-tenths of a point.
That’s all that stood between Illinois and its 28th Big Ten title and first since winning four straight from 2009 to ’12.
Six-tenths of a point.
CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois baseball team that entered the season not necessarily known for hitting home runs changed that perception on Saturday.
All of the runs accounted for by the Illini in a 5-2 win against South Florida at Illinois Field came off three home runs.