Parker not done for Illini at NCAA championships

PITTSBURGH — Emery Parker is the last man standing for Illinois wrestling.

The redshirt senior showed during last season's NCAA championships his ability to perform in must-win scenarios when he reeled off seven straight wins in wrestlebacks en route to a third-place finish.

Wednesday's UI roundup: Illini softball splits doubleheader

URBANA — Veronica Ruelius and Bella Loya made sure the Illinois softball team came away with at least one win during Wednesday's doubleheader against Indiana State at Eichelberger Field.

Ruelius homered twice as part of a three-RBI game, Loya crunched a two-run homer and the Illini won a 7-4 nightcap over the Sycamores.

Tuesday's UI roundup: Illini begin home slate on right note

URBANA — Emily Oestreich needed some help from her teammates on the Illinois softball team to record a win in the final home opener of her Illini career.

The help arrived in the fourth inning.

The Illini brought across five runs in the frame, wiping out an early deficit, and pulled away from there for a 9-4 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday afternoon at Eichelberger Field in Urbana.

Illini Softball vs. IUPUI 2019

The U of I softball home opener against IUPUI at Eichelberger Field in Urbana on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Sunday's UI roundup: Illini baseball sweeps to best start in 30 years

CHAMPAIGN — One day after Illinois baseball had each game of its doubleheader against Southern Illinois decided by a single run, its offense refused to stay quiet.

The result? Multiple career days at the plate, a fourth series sweep in five weekends and the best 16-game start to the season for the Illini in three decades.

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.

Illini softball earns doubleheader sweep

LOS ANGELES — Hardly a modest day at the plate for Illinois softball.

Scoring a combined 20 runs on 22 hits, the Illini cruised to a pair of run-rule shortened wins — an 11-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara followed by a 9-1 victory over Cal Poly in Friday doubleheader that kicked off the team's stay in the LMU Tournament.

'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.

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: