Illini softball notches walk-off win

URBANA — The importance of this weekend's series against Nebraska can't be overstated for the Illinois softball team.

So far, so good.

Illini baseball, softball begin important weekend series

Beer. Warm weather. Friday night. What more could you ask for as Illinois softball and baseball host important weekend series? Staff writer Scott Richey takes a look at both teams:



Rece Davis to host Hall of Fame gala

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois dipped into the national sports media well for its Hall of Fame Gala host for a second straight year, with ESPN personality Rece Davis set to host the June 15 event at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

UI roundup: Illini drop Big Ten title match to Ohio State

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois got its rematch against Ohio State.

But, the final result was the same.

The Illini lost 4-0 to the Buckeyes for the second time in 15 days — this time in Sunday's Big Ten tournament men's tennis title match.

Illini men's tennis vies for Big Ten title

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Saturday wasn't the first time this year Illinois men's tennis found itself down 1-0 to Michigan after dropping the doubles point. Or even this month.

Illini baseball rallies to upset Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It is doubtful the Illinois baseball team expected to lose four of five games leading into its toughest Big Ten stretch of the season.

Good thing the Illini were ready to change the narrative.

Illini softball wins 6th straight game

CHAMPAIGN —  The Illinois softball team won its sixth straight game Wednesday night, rallying past Eastern Illinois to record a 5-4 win at Illinois Field.

Bullpen blues sink Illini baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Several times this season, Dan Hartleb has credited his bullpen for bailing out his Illiniois baseball team.

The Illini relievers, though, were the ones in need of a bailout Sunday afternoon after giving up three runs during the eighth inning of an eventual 5-3 loss for Illinois in the final game of a three-game series against Grand Canyon at Illinois Field.

Prep pulse: April 23, 2018

The University of Illinois can claim influence over most state high schools. The News-Gazette's coverage area includes many of these options.

Among those is Danville, which seems to be a particular hot spot for Class of 2018 athletes seeking next-level competition.

Saturday's UI roundup: Spillane homers in Illini's victory

CHAMPAIGN — Bren Spillane cranked a 377-foot go-ahead home run to right field in the eighth inning — his 16th homer of the season — and Michael Massey scored on a wild pitch for what turned out to be a key insurance run in Illinois' 3-2 victory over Grand Canyon on Saturday at Illinois Field.