PHOENIX — Andy Fisher came six outs short of a no-hitter in Friday night's series opener at Grand Canyon.
Jack Yalowitz made sure the left-hander's efforts were rewarded.
Yalowitz posted five RBI, including a pair of solo home runs, Fisher allowed only one hit in seven-plus innings and the Illini won 6-3 over the Antelopes.
Tyler Wyatt's single to begin the eighth broke up Fisher's no-hit bid. Fisher was tagged for a run, striking out six and walking three. Yalowitz went 4 for 4 at the plate to lead Illinois (8-3).
In men's track and field
Quinn misses cut. Devin Quinn failed to advance into the 200-meter final at Friday's NCAA indoor track and field meet in Birmingham, Ala.
The Illinois senior's time of 21.28 seconds in the 200-meter semifinals was 15th overall out of 16 runners. Only the top eight advanced to the final.
In the men's distance medley relay final, Illinois' team of Jesse Reiser, Joe Haight, Denis O'Callaghan and Oakwood graduate Jon Davis finished 12th with a time of 9 minutes, 56.86 seconds.
In men's tennis
Illini blank Wildcats. A Big Ten matchup against Northwestern posed little trouble to Illinois on Friday night at Atkins Tennis Center, with the Illini sweeping the Wildcats 4-0.
Vuk Budic and Gui Gomes helped Illinois secure the doubles point, courtesy of a 7-6 (7) win.
The 15th-ranked Illini carried that momentum over to singles, with Alex Brown (6-4, 6-3) and Siphosothando Montsi (6-3, 6-1) putting Illinois on the verge of a win in its conference opener.
Noe Khlif got the Illini over the finish line with a 6-4, 6-4 match-clinching triumph.
In women's tennis
Hoosiers outlast UI. Illinois got off to a fast start by taking the doubles point, with a 7-6 (7) win from the pairing of Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz in the decisive match.
But Indiana rallied back in singles, claiming four of the six contested matches, and eventually finished off a 4-3 victory over the Illini on Friday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind.
Illinois led 2-0 when Daniela Pedraza Novak emerged with a 6-3, 6-3 win. The Hoosiers, however, took a 3-2 advantage by winning three straight singles engagements before Sasha Belaya forced Friday's Big Ten match to come down to the sixth and final singles bout following a 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5 triumph.
Indiana's Natalie Whalen ultimately won 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-5 over Illinois' Jaclyn Swikes to clinch the match victory.
In men's gymnastics
Diab up for honor. Senior Alex Diab is one of eight finalists for the Nissan-Emery Award, the accolade given annually to the top senior male gymnast in the NCAA.
Diab won a national title in 2018 in the still rings and is a four-time All-American who has won 38 career event titles with the Illini.