Saturday's UI roundup: Late-inning heroics save Illini

CHAMPAIGN — After spending the first month of the season on the road, Illinois baseball returned home with style Saturday.

The Illini (12-3) earned a pair of 5-4 wins in a doubleheader against Southern Illinois, using late offense to key a strong first showing at Illinois Field.

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

Saturday's UI roundup: Leland, Illini seek series sweep

PHOENIX — Illinois handed the ball to Sean Leland with Saturday's game still in the balance.

Leland didn't disappoint, either. The redshirt senior right-hander delivered 4 1 / 3 strong innings, and the Illini tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put away a 5-2 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon.

UI notes: Fisher's arm, Yalowitz's bat key in series-opening win

PHOENIX — Andy Fisher came six outs short of a no-hitter in Friday night's series opener at Grand Canyon.

Jack Yalowitz made sure the left-hander's efforts were rewarded.

Yalowitz posted five RBI, including a pair of solo home runs, Fisher allowed only one hit in seven-plus innings and the Illini won 6-3 over the Antelopes.

Latest Hall of Fame class features 16 decorated former UI athletes and coaches

CHAMPAIGN — The latest Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class will receive their recognition during a formal ceremony at State Farm Center on Sept. 20.

Much like the first two classes did.

UI unveils Hall of Fame Class of '19

The  UI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was unveiled this morning and includes:

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini can't spoil Terps' coronation

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The outcome seemed inevitable with just a cursory glance at the standings.

A matchup of the Big Ten's first- and last-place teams heavily favored Maryland.

But, the Illinois women's basketball team made the Terrapins wait almost a full 40 minutes to feel secured about Saturday afternoon's final result at the XFINITY Center in College Park, Md.

Illinois softball continues its winning ways

TULSA, Okla. — The 25th-ranked Illinois softball team bumped its win streak to three games with an opening sweep of its first two foes at the OSU-Tulsa Invitational on Friday.

Illinois defeated Northern Iowa 10-9 in eight innings and capped off the day with a 6-4 win against Tulsa.

Saturday's UI roundup: Baseball clinches series against Owls

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Andy Fisher gave up just one run on two hits to lead Illinois baseball to a 5-3 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday that clinched the three-game weekend series on the road.

Fisher tied a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings on the mound, while the Illini (5-0) plated two runs in both the third and sixth innings to remain unbeaten this season.

Asmussen | Ex-UI administrator fights to boost AAF at helm of Apollos

No matter what happens to his new job with the Alliance of American Football, you get the feeling former Illinois administrator Mike Waddell is always going to land on his feet.

Waddell, 50, is the president of the 2-0 Orlando Apollos, who began play earlier this month.

Despite the record, the first season has not been easy for the AAF.