Illini women ousted

Illinois'' women''s tennis team has seen this before. For the second time in three years, the Illini were eliminated in the second round of NCAA tournament play by Washington. The Huskies beat Illinois 4-0 on Sunday in Seattle. "We gave it our all, but we played a superior team," UI coach Sujay Lama said. "Washington is a very good team. They came out very aggressive in doubles, one of the best teams we''ve seen one through three in doubles." No. 6 Washington won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Illinois'' 25th-ranked duo of Jennifer McGaffigan and Michelle Webb was beaten by No. 11 Claire Carter and Darija Klaic 8-4 at No. 1. The match at No. 2 was abandoned. In singles, the Huskies'' points came from the 4, 5 and 6 slots. Illinois'' Brianna Knue dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to 81st-ranked Erin Boisclair at No. 4. Webb was beaten in straight sets at No. 5, and Illinois'' Leila Cehajic lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6. Illinois trailed in the three singles matches that were abandoned. "We hung tough, but our depth got exposed," Lama said. "They had more firepower, especially at 4, 5 and 6, but I couldn''t ask for more from our women. We''ve accomplished a lot. Our ladies have done so much to be proud of, and we have a lot to look forward to in the future." No. 25 Illinois finished 17-8. Webb and McGaffigan will compete in the NCAA doubles tournament starting May 23 in Gainesville, Fla. Their appearance will be the first for an Illini tandem since 1995, when Camille Baldrich and Kristen Jones advanced to the round of 16. In baseball: * Penn State 2, Illinois 0. The Illini were limited to five hits in State College, Pa., and dropped three of four against the Nittany Lions to fall to 25-24, 10-17 in Big Ten play. "I really thought it was a well-pitched game on both sides, and I thought our pitchers did a nice job all weekend," Illinois coach Itch Jones said. "We just couldn''t score any runs. Whenever we got runners into scoring position, we couldn''t get a key hit. That was the difference this weekend." Illinois scored six runs in the four-game series. The Illini''s best threat came in the sixth, when they loaded the bases on walks with two outs. But Penn State reliever Clayton Hamilton retired Joe Parenti on a fly to right. "That was really the last chance we had to score in the ballgame," Jones said. "They did a heck of a job stopping our hitters after that inning." The Illini did not have a baserunner thereafter. Reilly Smith (2-2) pitched well in his second start of the season, allowing 11 hits and no walks in 6 2/3 innings. Dave Mazurek finished with 10 scoreless innings. Penn State scored single runs in the third and fifth. All five of Illinois'' hits came against starter Jared Hopewell. Chad Frk was the only Illinois runner allowed past second base as he reached third in the fourth and sixth innings.

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