Future Illini's slam stuns Spartans

ATHENS — The tears flowed.

The hugs followed.

Just not in a manner the St. Joseph-Ogden softball envisioned happening Monday afternoon at the Athens Sports Complex.

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Sunday's UI roundup: Wells claims Big Ten high jump title

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — What a weekend it was for Jonathan Wells.

The Illinois redshirt junior capped it off by winning the men's high jump title during the final day of the Big Ten track and field outdoor championships on Sunday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.

Illini freshmen shine on NCAA stage

LUBBOCK, Texas — Stepping into the NCAA tournament for the first time can often be daunting.

The freshmen on the Illinois women's tennis proved to be the exception.

Illini rally late to keep NCAA hopes alive

MADISON, Wis. — Earlier in the week, Tyra Perry laid it simply: It's a Big Ten tournament title or bust for her Illinois softball team as the Illini seek a third straight berth into a NCAA regional.

Asmussen | On the bubble, Illini must go big or go home

The Big Ten has done its share of damage in the NCAA softball tournament. Michigan has been there 25 times, including the last 23 in a row. The Wolverines took the national title in 2005.

Nebraska has gone 24 times; Iowa and Northwestern have each earned 16 bids. Minnesota and Penn State have been invited 12 and 10 times, respectively.

Illini fall short of first NCAA championships berth

VERONA, Wis. — Sitting in a three-way tie heading into the Wednesday's final round, the No. 20 Illinois women's golf team finished seventh overall in the NCAA Madison Regional, falling one spot short of the program's first-ever championships berth.

Asmussen | Here's some food for thought

You can watch any sporting event at home. In high definition. Almost as if you are there.

Sure, you miss the sounds and the feel and the energy. But the price is right. So is the access to the restroom (generally, no lines) and concessions (hey, who ate my sandwich?).

Illini enter postseason with confidence, despite loss to end regular season


URBANA — For the Illinois softball team, the winning formula moving forward might be a simple one: The Illini must rely on arguably the fiercest offense in the Big Ten, and play steady defense behind their pitch-to-contact staff of Emily Oestreich and Taylor Edwards.

Illinois has cashed in 36 times on some variation of that equation this season.

UI Softball vs Nebraska

University of Illinois Softball vs Nebraska, Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Eicrhelberger Field. the Illini fell to the Cornhusker's 6-3 in their final home game of the 2018 season.