Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois scored 10 runs in the first three innings and stayed in command thereafter to defeat Mississippi Valley State 12-4 on Saturday in a nonconference baseball game at Illinois Field. The top of the batting order did most of the damage for the Illini, with the first five hitters combining to go 11 for 20 with nine RBI and eight runs.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Justin Parr had two hits and drove in four runs to help Illinois to an 11-3 win against Nebraska in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday.
Kevin Johnson picked up the win for the Illini, improving to 4-1. The right-hander scattered nine hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
CARBONDALE — Freshman right-hander John Kravetz (3-0) allowed five hits, struck out four and didn't issue a walk in leading the Illinois baseball team to a 7-2 win against Northern Illinois on Saturday.
NAMPA, Idaho — The repeat was not to be for Andrew Riley. The Illinois senior sprinter, who won the 60-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, had a minor issue with the second hurdle in Saturday's NCAA final and finished fourth.
NAMPA, Idaho — Illinois senior Andrew Riley broke his school record in the 60 meters Friday, clocking 6.53 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Riley also recorded the fastest prelim time in the 60 hurdles (7.53).
LINCOLN, Neb. — Freshman Ashley Spencer won a pair of races Saturday, helping Illinois to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor track championships.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois' Andrew Riley won the 60-meter dash (6.63 seconds) and the 60 hurdles (7.74) at the men's Big Ten Indoor Championships on Friday.
Teammate Cody Wisslead was second in the 60 hurdles.
In women's track & field:
PARK RIDGE — Defending Big Ten baseball champion Illinois is ranked sixth in a preseason poll of league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Michigan State, which shared the 2011 regular season title with the Illini, was voted No. 1. Only the top six teams were revealed.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Andrew Riley, who on Friday posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.69 seconds in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, won the event Saturday in 7.53 — the second-best time in the NCAA this season — at the Tyson Invitational. Teammate Cody Wisslead (8.04) finished seventh.
ATLANTA — Second-ranked Dennis Nevolo defeated ninth-ranked Kevin King in straight sets to lift No. 15 Illinois to a 4-3 victory against No. 19 Georgia Tech on Monday in an ITA Kick-Off Weekend consolation men's tennis match.