Track and Field

Track and Field

UI roundup: Solid pitching not enough for baseball

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois had enough pitching and defense, but the Illini couldn’t generate enough offense in their 3-1 loss against Indiana on Saturday in a Big Ten Conference baseball game.

“I thought we pitched well,” UI coach Dan Hartleb said of starter Doug Hayes and reliever Cole Bellair. “Doug Hayes gave us a chance to win, and we got out of some big spots.”

Illini legends, lists and lore: Drew Davidson

Eleven years ago this week, Fighting Illini players dominated the 2005 All-Big Ten baseball team. Led by conference Player of the Year Drew Davidson, Illinois secured five of the 14 spots.  Davidson, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, started all 32 Big Ten games in center field, averaging .346, hitting eight home runs and 10 doubles and knocking in 31 RBI.

UI roundup: Sedlock sets strikeouts mark

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Sara Groenewegen tossed a complete-game one-hitter Friday, lifting Minnesota softball to a 2-0 win against Illinois in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Illini roundup: Softball players rate accolades

ROSEMONT — Illinois softball landed three players on the Big Ten’s all-conference teams the league released on Wednesday.

Second baseman Allie Bauch (.333 average, seven home runs, 33 RBI) and right fielder Nicole Evans (.331, 12 home runs and 50 RBI) were second-team selections, with Bauch and center fielder Carly Thomas named to the conference’s all-defensive team.

Kentucky Derby preview with Kurt Becker

Kurt Becker called Kentucky Derby wins by Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998) in his role as track announcer at Churchill Downs and was an NBCSports Radio analyst for last year’s win by American Pharoah. The Altamont native, whose father, Carl, revitalized the University of Illinois horse farm, will be back on the call Saturday.

Chancellor OKs mascot search

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URBANA — Nine years after the retirement of Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois is launching a process to choose a “first-ever” athletic mascot.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lores: 1981 UI baseball

Thirty-five years ago this week — May 3, 1981 — the Illini baseball team swept Northwestern in a Big Ten-ending series.

The 4-1 and 6-0 victories gave Illinois a final conference record of 11-3, enough to send it into the first Big Ten playoffs.

Todd Schmitke supported Randy Conte’s three-hit gem in the opener with a two-RBI single.

Tate: Q&A with Josh Whitman

Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.

Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.

UI roundup: Illini men win at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Illinois men’s track and field team won its fourth consecutive Hy-Vee Cup at the prestigious Drake Relays, relying on two runner-up finishes Saturday to take home the hardware.

Illinois edged Texas for the title with 24 points as Mo Maat, Joe Haight, Cam Viney and Konrad Eiring placed second in the sprint medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 23.05 seconds.

UI roundup: Tennis teams advance in league tourneys

MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois men’s tennis lost just three Big Ten matches in the 2016 regular season. Two came to Northwestern and Ohio State, the only teams seeded better than the Illini in the Big Ten tournament.