April 2, 2017

April 2 Rapid Rundown

Parkland Split With DACC
Freshman thrower Lexie Black stayed in the circle all seven innings giving up one unearned run on six hits.

The Cobras improved to 6-3 with the conference win and 16-3 overall for the season.
Parkland College softball player Maddy Shoemaker

Parkland's Maddy Shoemaker puts the ball in play against John Wood. The freshman standout has scored 24 runs in 20 game appearances for the Cobras so far this season. She has also tagged three home runs as the team approaches the midpoint of their season.

Cobra Softball Suffers Loss
A solo home run from Hannah Sheppard in the 3rd inning was all Danville Community College needed to beat Parkland College to split their road doubleheader on Saturday, 1-0.

Sophie Catlin led the Cobras with two hits and Amber Tabeling contributed one in an effort that lead to no runs for the home team.

Parkland will have a chance to avenge the loss, their fourth of the season, in less than 24 hours when the two team meet for a scheduled doubleheader in Danville on Sunday.

Illini Baseball Holds On For Win
The Fighting Illini baseball team survived a late rally by Indiana State to secure a 6-4 victory in their series opener on Friday.

Illinois' Trent Hammond and Ben Troike combined for 4 RBI, with two each, in the non-conference contest under chilly conditions in front of small, loyal home field crowd.

Down 2-0 Illini slugger Pat McInerney hit solo home run over the left center wall to put a stick on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. In the same frame Troike unleashed a shot down the right field line for triple, plating teammates Dan Rowbottom and Casey Dodge.

The Illini improved to 7-16 on the season while Indiana State stays above .500 dropping to 12-10 record.

McInerney Slams Winner
Pat McInerney hit crushed a two-run homer in the 9th inning to give the Illinois baseball team a 2-1 win and 2-0 lead in their three-game series on Saturday with the Indiana State Sycamores.

Freshman hurler Ty Webber earned his second collegiate pitching win striking out seven batters while giving up one run on four hits.

Golden Gophers Crush Fighting Illini In The 5th
The Minnesota softball team plated 10 runs in the 5th inning rolling to a 12-0 shutout over the Illinois softball team at Eichelberger Field on Friday.

Kendyl Lindaman tallied 6 RBI after hammering two home runs for the Golden Gophers in the same inning on Fighting Illini pitcher Breanna Wonderly.

Maddi Doane led the stagnant Illinois offense with team's single hit in the contest.

Parkland Baseball Win Streak Continues
The Parkland baseball team picked up a pair of wins after knocking of Lincoln Land, 10-2, and 8-5, on Saturday. With a nine-game win streak now on the books, the Cobras improved to 20-4 overall record and remain undefeated in conference play at 6-0.

Spartans Sweep Two Teams On Saturday
Marty Wright cracked a double over the head of Stillman Valley's right fielder for his second RBI of the game to put St. Joseph-Ogden up 3-0 in the third inning on Saturday. The Spartans went on to win their second game of the day 4-2 over the Cardinals. Wright and fellow senior Brant Hoveln delivered two hits and 2 RBI to help the Spartans to improve to an 8-1 record on the season.

In the earlier game against Teutopolis, senior Brant Hoveln pushed Austin Cain, who was on third from a steal, over the plate for the only run of the game in SJO's 1-0 shutout over the Wooden Shoes. Colton Hale recorded 12 strike outs from the hill in the victory on Saturday.

Illini Women Continue To Roll
The Illinois women's tennis team extended their win streak to five matches after cinching a road victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, 5-2. The victory improves the team's conference record to 3-1 and 9-9 for the season.

Dropping the doubles point 2-1, the Fighting Illini stormed back to dominates the singles side of the match taking five out the six matches.

Louise Kwong needed three sets on the #1 singles court to put away Iowa's Elise Van Heuvelen and cement the match win for Illinois. The senior quickly recovered from the 3-6 first set loss to finish out the match 6-2, 7-5.

Like Kwong, Alexis Casati hung tough and played out a grueling three-setter slipping by the Hawkeyes #2, Zoe Douglas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Champaign-native Madie Baillon, Jaclyn Switkes and Grace Tapak cruised to W's giving up four or fewer games in their romp over Iowa opponents.

Illinois Men Pinched In Heartbreaker
The Fighting Illini men's tennis team drop to 2-2 in Big Ten play after falling 4-3 to 33-ranked Minnesota on Friday. Their overall 9-9 record mirrors that of the women's team after the loss.

After Illinois took the doubles point, Aleks Vukic quickly dispatched Gophers' Matic Spec 6-4, 6-2, to give his team a 2-0 lead. The junior extended his win streak to 12 matches. Partnered with Vuk Budic, the pair won their doubles bout, 6-4.

Aleks Kovacevic prevailed in his three-set battle with Minnesota's Stefan Millcevic for the Illini's only other singles victory in 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

The men will face Iowa in their next home match at Atkins Tennis Center starting at noon on April 8.

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