UI soccer team shows progress against national squad

CHAMPAIGN – The program said Monday night's women's soccer game between Illinois and the Mexican national team was part of the "Spring Sports Fest."

For a few hundred hardy fans at Illini Field, it felt more like Big Ten football season – in late November. But Ron Turner's Illini never played in weather like this.

UI shortstop honored by Big Ten

Illinois shortstop Lindsey Hamma was named the Big Ten Player of the Week in softball.

UI game postponed

Illinois' home game against Eastern Illinois, originally scheduled for 6:35 p.m. today, will be played May 1 at Illinois Field.

UI volleyball lands recruit

Kathleen Bazzetta, a second-team News-Gazette All-State choice from Naperville North, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Illinois.

Tate: UI's Turner, Self take active roles

Reactive or proactive?

Whatever you want to call it, the UI's two revenue-producing head coaches are breaking the silence and taking strong positions in support of Chief Illiniwek.

Illinois bats warm up quickly

IOWA CITY, Iowa – After being shut out in two games Saturday, Illinois came out swinging Sunday against Iowa.

The Illini scored four runs in the first inning against Hawkeyes starter Nick Jensen and held on for a 4-3 Big Ten Conference victory to salvage a split in the four-game series.

Left-handed hitter puts UI ahead of No. 12 Iowa

URBANA – The toughest player to strike out on the Illinois softball team is also the only person on the team who has switched the way she bats.

A natural right-handed hitter, Erin Jones converted to the left side five years ago.

It's a move that has been beneficial. In 196 plate appearances this season in college, Jones has fanned three times.

Counting the days

CHAMPAIGN – The helmets and pads have been put away. The fancy sleds and not-so-fancy garbage cans are set aside until August.

Sorry, Ron Turner, but your friends at the NCAA won't help you out this spring. Fifteen practices is all you get. Take it or leave it.

No. 1 doubles team trips again; women keep pace

Senior Graydon Oliver and freshman Amer Delic, the nation's top-ranked doubles team, were upset for the second consecutive day, but the 10th-ranked Illini defeated Minnesota 5-2 at Atkins Tennis Center.

Tate: UI offense not smoke and mirrors

Is this a mirage?

When the real games begin next September, will Illini fans recognize an offensive unit that was near-perfect in blitzing the second-teamers to the tune of 41-6 through the first two 12-minute quarters Saturday?

If you don't believe, why not?