We are left to wonder:
Why are University of Illinois men’s spring sports having such success while the school’s teams in the “money sports,” football and basketball, struggle?
Chicago — Jade Vecvanags tossed a three-hit shutout, leading Illinois to a 6-0 nonconference softball victory against DePaul on Wednesday night.
The Illini (19-21) won their seventh consecutive game and 11th in their last 12.
NORMAN, Okla. — Illinois men’s gymnast C.J. Maestas won the national championship in the high bar, posting a 15.125 on Saturday night.
Maestas previously won an NCAA championship in 2012, competing in still rings.
Illini freshman Bobby Baker claimed All-America honors on Saturday night in parallel bars and all-around.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Carly Thomas, Allie Bauch and Nicole Evans all cleared the fence Friday at Maryland Softball Stadium, as Illinois softball defeated the Terrapins 7-3.
The Illini (16-21, 6-4 Big Ten) scored twice in each of the last three innings to secure Jade Vecvanags’ 10th win of the season on the mound.
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.