Illini softball sweeps UIC in home-opening doubleheader

URBANA — Illinois softball put on quite the show for its first home crowd of 2018.

The Illini cranked out seven home runs en route to a doubleheader sweep of UIC in Tuesday’s home opener at Eichelberger Field.

The Illini (18-9) won the first game 6-4 before winning 16-5 in the second game.
Illinois has now won nine of its last 10 games.

Illini having a good time, now back at home

The season might have started off rough for the Illinois softball team, which lost four of its first five games. Not anymore. The Illini — fresh off two straight NCAA tournament appearances — are on a roll. Tyra Perry’s program carries a solid 16-9 record into today’s home opener at Eichelberger Field. 

Saturday's Roundup | Parker takes third place at NCAA wrestling championships

CLEVELAND — Emery Parker felt that his nerves got the better of him in a first-round defeat to an unseeded wrestler.

His national championship hopes were dashed following a 4-3 preliminary loss to North Carolina's Chip Ness.

But, then, Parker said the pressure was off his shoulders.

Maybe it was.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 11

One-hundred-fifty years ago today — March 11, 1868 — the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) celebrated its opening of nine days earlier with inaugural ceremonies. President John Milton Gregory, both members of his faculty, 77 students and a bevy of town folk gathered in a large hall on the third floor of University Hall, known by its moniker "The Elephant."

UI Roundup | Illini's Davis finishes in 15th

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jon Davis knew he would be an All-American before he stepped on the track on Saturday.

It was a matter of whether it would be first or second-team recognition.

It was the latter.

UI roundup: Kendziera places 12th in 60-meter hurdles

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — David Kendziera's swan song on the college indoor track circuit ended abruptly.

The redshirt senior placed 12th in the men's 60-meter hurdle semifinals with a time of 7.84 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on Friday evening. Only the top eight advanced to tonight's final.

UI roundup | Illini upend Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — There's something about Virginia that brings out the best in the Illinois men's tennis team.

For the second time in the span of three years at Atkins Tennis Center, the Illini knocked off Virginia. This time, Illinois was the higher-ranked team — even though the Cavaliers are the defending national champions.

UI roundup | Illini land two wrestlers in finals

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Isaiah Martinez's appearance in the Big Ten Tournament finals was the closest thing to a foregone conclusion.

The same could not be said for Mike Carr.

Regardless, both will wrestle for titles today in East Lansing, Mich.

What to watch for in Illini Olympic sports

Yes, basketball season is over for Illinois. But that doesn't mean the Illini are done with sports this school year. 


UI roundup: Singles play delivers victory for Illini

SEATTLE — Maybe Duke was a welcomed sight for the Illinois men's tennis team.

The Blue Devils certainly were a familiar opponent.

Playing Duke for the second time in the month of February, the Illini recorded their second win of the season over the Blue Devils.