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Softball team ties best start

STANFORD, Calif. — Illinois’ softball team split two games Friday at the Stanford Nike Invitational, defeating Sacramento State 7-1 before falling to No. 11 Stanford 8-0 at Smith Family Stadium.
The Illini (6-1) started the season 6-0, tying the best start in school history.

Senior Night spoiled for wrestlers

CHAMPAIGN – It didn't go the way Jim Heffernan planned. Not even close.

With a large crowd at Huff Hall, some of them high school wrestlers Heffernan hopes will one day be a part of the program, Purdue routed the Illini 25-11. On Senior Night, no less.

Illini Insider: Big night for wrestling

Former Illini shortstop Toby Gardenhire has received an invitation to spring training by the Minnesota Twins as a non-roster player. Gardenhire, the son of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, played his senior season at the UI in 2005 after transferring from Southwest Missouri State.

Dergo, Bond wins not enough for wrestlers

CHAMPAIGN – No. 5 Minnesota got off to a fast start, winning the first five matches en route to a 27-13 wrestling win against No. 21 Illinois on Friday at Huff Hall.

No. 2 John Dergo (184 pounds) won his match by major decision and No. 14 Patrick Bond (197) beat 10th-ranked Sonny Yohn. They were the only two Illini to win matches. John Deneen (125) picked up a win by forfeit.

Mori powers No. 1 gymnasts

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Yoshi Mori won the all-around, parallel bars and high bar to lead top-ranked Illinois past No. 5 Ohio State in men's gymnastics Saturday.

Bates is great in Illini victory

CHAMPAIGN – Melissa Bates won the 200- and 400-meter dashes and also anchored Illinois' winning 1,600 relay as the Illini women's track and field team won Saturday's nine-team Carle/Health Alliance Classic at the UI Armory.

Bates' time in the 400 (54.74 seconds) provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Dergo shines in defeat

AMES, Iowa – Illinois had a hard time getting started in its final tuneup for the Big Ten wrestling season.

No. 2 Iowa State dominated the Illini 33-9 before 2,812 fans at Hilton Coliseum.

Another day, another honor for Bizzarri

Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri is a nominee for the Honda Sports Award for cross-country, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced Tuesday.

The eight-time All-American earned the nomination a day after winning the NCAA Championships in a school-record 6-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 46.8 seconds.

Volleyball sweeps Spartans

CHAMPAIGN – Laura DeBruler pounded 15 kills, Johannah Bangert chipped in eight blocks and the Illini volleyball team won its 11th straight match, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19 against Michigan State on Saturday night.

Next up for the fifth-ranked Illini: a trip to No. 1 Penn State, winner of 91 consecutive matches.

Illini Insider: Volleyball team looks to continue streak

Staff writer Jeff Huth's weekly review and preview of all things Illini: