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.
CHAMPAIGN — Jade Vecvanags and Krista Menke pitched complete games Tuesday for Illinois and North Dakota State softball, respectively. But the Illini offense couldn’t support Vecvanags in a 3-0 defeat.
Vecvanags (2-4) tossed seven innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jared Hiltzik, Aron Hiltzik, Aleks Vukic and Toshiki Matsuya all recorded singles wins Sunday for the fourth-ranked Illinois men’s tennis, pacing the team in a 4-2 win against ninth-ranked Texas A&M.
CHAMPAIGN — Drasen Johnson tossed his third career complete game Saturday to help Illinois baseball to a 6-2 victory, evening the Illini’s series against Southern Illinois at one game apiece.
Johnson (2-1) threw 101 pitches, allowing two runs on 10 hits and recording two strikeouts.
NEW ORLEANS — Illinois sprinter DJ Zahn was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year on Monday, and Illini assistant coach Adrian Wheatley was awarded Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
STILLWATER, Okla. — David Kerian drove in the game-winning run with a two-run homer in the top of the 10th Sunday, leading 27th-ranked Illinois past 10th-ranked Oklahoma State 4-2.
The Illini (11-3-1) took two of three in the weekend road series.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Illinois struggled offensively and defensively Saturday, and No. 10 Oklahoma State took advantage in an 8-1 nonconference baseball victory.
The 27th-ranked Illini (10-3-1) totaled a season-low four hits and fell behind 3-0 early.
Gymnast Fred Hartville made news last week, becoming the first active openly gay athlete in UI history. The Atlanta native was the 2013 NCAA vault champion but has fought through a knee injury this season. Staff writer Bob Asmussen sat down with the junior on Wednesday at Kenney Gym:
What was the advice from your Illinois coaches and teammates?
Sixty-three years ago Sunday — March 8, 1952 — four University of Illinois teams ended their seasons winning Big Ten championships.