Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN — Rob McDonnell overcame a shaky start on the mound while his teammates dominated the middle frames at the plate, giving host Illinois a 7-2 win against Saint Louis on Wednesday.
The Illini (26-6-1) won their seventh consecutive showing behind three RBI from Ryan Nagle and 5 2/3 two-run innings from McDonnell (4-1).
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois softball used a pair of big innings to earn a 15-7 victory Saturday against Iowa, tying the teams’ three-game series at one.
The Illini (13-21, 4-4 Big Ten) scored six runs in the fourth inning and followed with an eight-run seventh.
Catcher Jess Perkins led the charge with three hits, five RBI and a run.
By SPENCER BROWN
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Illini opened their Big Ten baseball season with an impressive 8-4 victory against Michigan State on Saturday.
Kevin Duchene set the tone, striking out five Spartans and allowing one earned run in six innings. Duchene improved to 4-1.
CHAMPAIGN — Home was where the wins were for No. 17 Illinois’ baseball team.
The Illini (18-5-1) completed their nine-game homestand with a 9-4 victory against Kent State on Wednesday at Illinois Field, going 7-2.
CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois baseball team that entered the season not necessarily known for hitting home runs changed that perception on Saturday.
All of the runs accounted for by the Illini in a 5-2 win against South Florida at Illinois Field came off three home runs.
CHAMPAIGN — Drasen Johnson tossed his third career complete game Saturday to help Illinois baseball to a 6-2 victory, evening the Illini’s series against Southern Illinois at one game apiece.
Johnson (2-1) threw 101 pitches, allowing two runs on 10 hits and recording two strikeouts.
NEW ORLEANS — Illinois sprinter DJ Zahn was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year on Monday, and Illini assistant coach Adrian Wheatley was awarded Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Sixty-three years ago Sunday — March 8, 1952 — four University of Illinois teams ended their seasons winning Big Ten championships.