Saturday's UI roundup: Illini edge by Nittany Lions

CHAMPAIGN — A five-run first inning got the Illinois baseball team going much faster Saturday afternoon than the team had one night earlier.

For all intents and purposes, though, the result ended up the same: with an Illini victory.

Friday's UI roundup: Illini softball left out in cold in series opener

URBANA — What a difference a few days made for the Illinois softball team.

A favorable wind direction — and warm weather — greeted the Illini on Wednesday afternoon. Illinois cashed in for 13 runs in a 13-4 home drubbing of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Sunday's UI roundup: Illini sweep doubleheader at Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois baseball team clinched its first Big Ten series of the season Sunday, sweeping its doubleheader on the road at Minnesota with a 4-2 win in the opener before closing with a 13-3 victory.

The Illini (22-11, 3-5 Big Ten) will go for the series sweep of the Gophers (14-18, 6-5) at noon today.

Postseason aspirations still in sight for Illinois men's tennis

URBANA — The new format for this year's NCAA tournament meant Illinois men's tennis coach Brad Dancer had a conversation with his team before the season started about how the postseason would work.

It also set a clear goal for the Illini to chase.

Saturday's UI roundup: Diab, Carter emerge as Big Ten champs

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Make it four in a row.

Senior Alex Diab captured his fourth straight Big Ten title on still rings Saturday night at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, scoring 14.975 in the event to become just the second gymnast in conference history to win four straight Big Ten titles in any event.

Sunday's UI roundup: Illini top Hawkeyes for 25th straight match

URBANA — Whatever fire lit beneath the Illinois men's tennis team entering Big Ten play is clearly still burning.

The No. 14 Illini took care of Iowa with ease Sunday afternoon and picked up 5-1 win at Atkins Tennis Center, marking their 25th straight series victory over the Hawkeyes.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini sweep Cornhuskers

URBANA — Illinois men's tennis made quick work of Nebraska on Saturday afternoon at Atkins Tennis Center.

The Illini (10-6, 4-0 Big Ten) swept all seven of the contested matches in a 7-0 rout, their first such victory since April 16, 2017, against Michigan State.

Kovacevic thriving in new No. 1 singles role

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up on the Upper West Side in New York City, Aleks Kovacevic could look out his window and see a plethora of opportunity.

And places to go. Like Central Park.

The acclaimed venue is where he ran around as kid. Where he first picked up a tennis racket when he was 5 years old, too.

Friday's UI roundup: Home cooking suits Illini women's tennis

URBANA — A welcomed return to Atkins Tennis Center was just that for the Illinois women's tennis team.

Playing in their home digs for the first time since Feb. 17, the Illini romped to a 6-1 victory over Rutgers on Friday afternoon.

UI Women's Tennis vs. Rutgers

Illinois hosted Rutgers in a Big Ten home match at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday March 30, 2019.