Track and Field
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.
Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.
MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday night by placing second at the Minneapolis Regional.
With a score of 196.600, the Illini edged No. 14 Minnesota by 0.25 point for the runner-up spot. No. 2 Oklahoma won with a 197.725.
URBANA — Tim Kopinski and Blake Bazarnik won in singles and doubles to lead No. 11 Illinois to a 6-1 victory against Michigan State on Friday in men’s tennis at Atkins Tennis Center.
The Illini (15-7) remained unbeaten at home at 8-0 and improved to 4-2 in the Big Ten after capturing their 12th doubles point of the season.
CHAMPAIGN — The result of the March 28 men’s tennis match between Illinois and Penn State was overturned by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.
The Nittany Lions filed a protest about the lineup the Illini used in the match at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
The league’s protest committee agreed with Penn State, awarding the No. 2 singles point to the Nittany Lions.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois gymnast Chandler Eggleston finished first in floor exercise Saturday at the Big Ten Championships.
Eggleston posted a 15.725 in the event.
C.J. Maestas was second on the rings for the Illini, who received second-place showings from Jordan Valdez on the parallel bars and horizontal bar.
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Illini postseason games on this date
March 16 has been a busy date in Illini basketball history, both for the men and the women. Here’s a review of the 13 postseason games played on this date:
Albuquerque, N.M. — Illinois freshman Kandie Bloch-Jones tied for 14th in the women’s high jump and earned second-team All-America honors Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
CHAMPAIGN — After Kandie Bloch-Jones won a Big Ten high jump title March 1, the Illinois freshman was pleasantly surprised to learn her reward wasn’t only a shiny first-place medal. Or an all-expenses-paid trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.