Track and Field
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.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Thomas Detry carded a final-round 66 Tuesday to help lead top-ranked Illinois to its third consecutive Louisiana Classics golf title.
Detry, who finished at 13-under-par 203, claimed the individual title.
CONWAY, S.C. — Four Illinois pitchers limited Coastal Carolina to two hits, and the 27th-ranked Illini won 7-1 on Monday at the Chanticleer Classic.
Every Illini starter recorded a hit at Springs Brooks Stadium.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Ball State tallied a pair of runs in the eighth inning to upend Illinois baseball 2-1 on Saturday, marking the Illini’s first defeat of the young season.
Matthew James launched his first career home run to account for Illinois’ only run, while Drasen Johnson pitched seven four-hit innings, adding six strikeouts for the Illini (7-1-1).