Track and Field
We are left to wonder:
Why are University of Illinois men’s spring sports having such success while the school’s teams in the “money sports,” football and basketball, struggle?
The seventh annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon arrives to C-U. Soon. Wednesday is the last day to register for the April 24-25 races, while organizers are still in need of more volunteers before next weekend’s festivities.
NORMAN, Okla. — Illinois men’s gymnast C.J. Maestas won the national championship in the high bar, posting a 15.125 on Saturday night.
Maestas previously won an NCAA championship in 2012, competing in still rings.
Illini freshman Bobby Baker claimed All-America honors on Saturday night in parallel bars and all-around.
Born on this date in 1924 was former University of Illinois athletic director Cecil Coleman. He assumed those duties on Aug. 1, 1972, replacing Gene Vance. Coleman was hired from Wichita State University after one year in that role.
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.