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Track and Field

UI roundup: Softball garners fifth straight win

CALEDONIA, Mich. — A four-run fourth inning was exactly what the Illinois softball team needed to push its win streak to five games.

Ruby Rivera recorded a three-run double as the frame's big blow, pacing the Illini to a 6-3 win over Michigan State at Davenport University.

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UI Roundup: Youngsters star for Illini men's tennis

URBANA — On a team dominated by inexperience, there will be ups and downs.

Look no further than the Illini men’s tennis team, which is led by six freshmen and sits at 11-9, including 4-2 in the Big Ten, after Saturday’s 6-1 home win against Iowa.

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2017

Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.

Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.

UI roundup: Illini finish fourth at regional

CHAMPAIGN — Hosting the NCAA regional at State Farm Center, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team finished fourth Saturday and will not advance to the NCAA Championships.

Illinois was tied for second place heading into the final rotation, but its score of 48.700 wasn’t enough to stay in the top two to qualify for nationals.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Revisiting 2005

Exactly a dozen years ago today, the Fighting Illini men's team tied college basketball's record for single-season victories with a 72-57 win over Louisville in the NCAA semifinals. The triumph, sparked by 20 points apiece from Roger Powell and Luther Head, was the Illini's 37th victory of the season, tying the collegiate mark originally set by UNLV in 1987 and matched by Duke in 1999.

UI roundup: 10-run fifth dooms softballers

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois softball team was locked into a tight battle with conference foe Minnesota on Friday, but the final score won't reflect that.

The Illini (23-9, 3-1 Big Ten) trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth inning before the Gophers put up 10 runs in the frame to win 12-0 in five innings at Eichelberger Field.

 

In baseball

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

UI Roundup: Bloch-Jones tops high jump field

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Argenta-Oreana product Kandie Bloch-Jones captured the high jump title Saturday at the Weems Baskin Invitational, a track and field event hosted by South Carolina.

Bloch-Jones recorded a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches to win the crown.

The Illini received a trio of second-place finishes as well.

UI Roundup: Wonderly no-hits the Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Illinois softball team opened Big Ten play Friday with a dominant all-around performance against Iowa.

Senior pitcher Breanna Wonderly fired a no-hitter and three Illini launched home runs as Illinois beat Iowa 8-0 in 5 innings at Pearl Field.