Wisconsin sweeps softball DH

The Illini softball team dropped to 18-17 (2-9) after losing both games of a doubleheader at Wisconsin 3-2, 10-3.

In game one, the Illini rallied in the sixth inning to tie the game after falling behind 2-0. Ruby Rivera’s RBI single scored Danielle Trezzo. With runners on first and third base, Alex Booker stole home for the Illini’s second run of the inning.

Wisconsin’s RBI single up the third base line in the bottom of the seventh gave them the walk-off victory. Allie Bauch had two hits for the Illini.

The Illini were unable to overcome five runs in the first two innings by the Badgers in the second game. Remeny Perez was 2 for 3 for Illinois. Allie Bauch had two hits. Jade Vecvanags struck out four in relief.

In men’s tennis:
Gosea, Kopinski lead charge. The No. 11 Fighting Illini men’s tennis team improved to 17-7 (6-2) with 7-0 road win against Iowa on Friday.

“It is never easy winning on the road, and as coaches we did a poor job preparing our team this week,” Illinois head coach Brad Dancer said. “Overall it all comes down to how we prepare as individuals. Is each guy mentally and physically ready?”

No. 11 Farris Gosea seemed ready after earning the Illini’s first point by defeating Brian Alden 6-3, 6-1. “Farris was battling some physical ailments and stepped up big for the team,” Dancer said.

No. 45 Tim Kopinski finished the Illini sweep in singles by defeating Juan Estenssoro 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

The fifth ranked team of Kopinski and Ross Guignon opened up doubles play with their 13th dual match victory of the season, an 8-3 win over Brian Alden and Michael Swank. No. 72 Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse finished the deal with an 8-4 win against Jonas Dierckx and Matt Hagan.

“Give credit to our team that after going down early breaks in doubles they regrouped and executed better down the stretch,” Dancer said.

The Illini’s next game is Sunday at Nebraska.

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