Northwestern topples UI
Score one for Northwestern over Illinois.
Soccer, that is.
Illini freshman forward Lisa Baldwin gave her team a 1-0 lead Friday in Evanston, but the undefeated Wildcats rallied for a 2-1 Big Ten Conference victory.
Baldwin tallied at 21 minutes, 27 seconds on an assist from senior forward Sarah Aberle.
Northwestern senior midfielder Erin Aubry answered nine minutes later on the Wildcats' first shot of the match off a cross from Northwestern junior midfielder Christie Molitor.
Molitor closed the scoring at 33:31 on an Aubry cross.
The Wildcats (9-0-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) have avenged four BigTen losses from last season. Il-linois claimed its only conference victory last year against the Wildcats, winning 3-2 in double overtime.
The Illini (7-2, 2-2) and ninth-ranked Northwestern each had 12 shots.
Amy Bessette, a junior goalie, recorded four saves for Illinois, which next plays at 1 p.m. Sundayat Wisconsin.
Northwestern goalie Erin Ekeberg had two saves. The Wildcats play Sunday at Indiana.
Orange beats Blue.
UI sophomore right-hander Jason Anderson of Danville allowed no runs and no hits in three innings of relief as the Orange squad defeated the Blue 4-2 on Friday in Game 2 of their intra-squad World Series at Illinois Field.
Anderson, who had an overpowering fastball, struck out one and walked one.
Orange starter Mike Kandra, who struck out two, yielded two runs on six hits and three walks in three innings.
Chris Basak went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in a run. Rob Fischer and Kevin Rudden each went 2 for 3.
Blue pitchers Kevin Arft and Casey Hahn each allowed two runs in three innings.
Rudden drove in two runs for the Blue with his first-inning single that scored Jon Anderson and Fischer.
Game 3 is 1 p.m. Sunday at Illinois Field.
On Friday, the two teams combined for six runs one day after they tallied 20 in the Orange's 17-3 series-opening victory.