5/12/19 10pm sports


AFTER STARTING THEIR BIG TEN SCHEDULE 1-5 — THE ILLINI HAVE WON 11 OF THEIR LAST 14 BIG TEN CONTESTS ENTERING SUNDAY..THAT RUN HAS CATAPULTED THEM TO 4TH IN THE STANDINGS…GOING FOR A SWEEP OF THE PURDUE BOILERMAKERS ON THIS MOTHER’S DAY…—ILLINI IN A JAM IN THE FIRST… THE PITCH GETS AWAY… RUNNER ON THIRD TRIES TO SCORE… BUT CYRILLO WATSON COVERS HOME AND KEEPS THE BOILERMAKERS OFF THE BOARD…—BUT THEY BREAK THROUGH LATER… SKYLAR HUNTER FLIES OUT TO CENTER FIELD… BRYCE BONNER SLIDES HOME FOR A SAC FLY… 1-0 BOILERMAKERS… —NOW ILLINOIS THREATENING IN THE 1ST… KELLEN SARVER FLIES TO LEFT FIELD… CATCH IS MADE.. ZAC TAYLOR WAS ALL THE WAY PAST SECOND.. HE SCAMPERS BACK TO FIRST… MICHAEL MASSEY ADVANCES TO THIRD… —BUT NEXT BATTER… TAYLOR IS CAUGHT STEALING AT 2ND… PURDUE LEAD 1-0…—THE BATS WAKE UP AFTER THE FIRST… ILLINOIS WINS IT 6-4 TO CLINCH THEIR SPOT IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT… MICHAEL MASSEY:”Coming in 10-8, every one is trying to make that Big Ten tournament, I think coming into the weekend it was a two game difference between 2nd spot and the 10th spot so coming out and getting three wins really helps us kind of solidifies us in a way in our spot in that Big Ten tournament.”DAN HARTLEB:”I thought we did a really good job. We battled, as I said all year, there’s not easy wins. Every team in the Big Ten is capable of beating you every single day and I thought out guys did a great job of going out and finding ways to win each and every game.”ILLINI ARE AT MICHIGAN STATE NEXT WEEKEND TO END THE REGULAR SEASON… ((NATS))THE SELECTION SHOW WAS TONIGHT FOR THE NCAA SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT..ILLINOIS IS — IN…AFTER A ONE YEAR ABSENCE THE ILLINI MAKE THE FIELD OF 64…THE ILLINI ARE HEADED TO THE KENTUCKY REGIONAL — WITH VIRIGINIA TECH AND TOLEDO… ILLINOIS WILL PLAY VIRGINIA TECH ON FRIDAY MORNING AT 11… IT’S A DOUBLE ELIMINATION STYLE TOURNAMENT… ((CRAIG))ILLINOIS MEN’S GOLF STARTS THE NCAA REGIONALS MONDAY MORNING..THEY’RE IN SEARCH OF THEIR 12TH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS APPEARANCE IN A ROW…I CAUGHT UP WITH THEM BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR MYRTLE BEACH — TO FIND OUT HOW MIKE SMALL HAS TURNED ILLINOIS INTO A SECOND HOME FOR ONE SMALL EUROPEAN COUNTRY…More than four thousand miles separate Champaign, Illinois and Brussels, Belgium. Mike Small has never been there, but he’s got four of the best golfers from the country to travel halfway around the world to play for him.MIKE SMALL:”When they spread positive things kids want to replicate that and want to come experience it themselves.”And that’s where Adrien Dumont de Chassart comes into the picture.He saw the success of Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry, and Giovanni Tadiotto and didn’t even consider another school. ADRIEN DUMONT DE CHASSART: “Since I was 14 or 15 I knew I wanted to come here. I’ve been in touch with coach for I’d say four years now and I was never really looking at any other university in that time.” GIOVANNI TADIOTTO:”Belgium is so small it’s hard to have tons of good players, but what Illinois has done for the previous Belgian players, the history and what it created for them, just increased the desire for any Belgian players to come here.”It’s not the first time the two have been on the course together. They grew up only a few miles apart in Belgium and played on the same junior circuit together. TADIOTTO:”We traveled together for European tournaments and international tournaments and then he came to the same high school as me.”Dumont de Chassart is quickly making his own name with the Illini. He won individual medalist honors at the Big Ten championships. The third of the fourth Belgian’s to win.DUMONT DE CHASSART:”Just feels good to represent Illinois but also represent Belgium.”Small thinks it’s only the start of what’s to come for the freshman.SMALL:”He’s the guy that if you need the ball in basketball in his hands at the end of the game or if he was a quarterback, you’d want him there or in golf you want him playing that last round, he’s that kind of guy. He’s that silent assasin that once he becomes better fundamentally he’s gonna be really good.” That’s the scary part, there are no seniors on this Illinois team. So the future remains bright for the orange and blue. HERE’S THE TEE TIMES FOR TOMORROW MORNING..THINGS GET STARTED BRIGHT AND EARLY AT 7:00 FOR ILLINOIS..BRYAN BAUMGARTEN IS OUT OF THE LINEUP — FRESHMAN TOMMY KUHL IS IN..MICHEAL FEAGLES AND VARUN CHOPRA FOLLOW HIM..THEN THE BELGIANS CLOSE THINGS OUT.. TADIOTTO THEN DUMONT DE CHASSART… SUNDAY WAS THE FINAL DAY OF THE EYBL STOP IN INDIANAPOLIS…A LOT OF ILLINI TARGETS WERE ON FULL DISPLAY — THAT INCLUDES ON THE MAC IRVIN FIRE..THE FIRE WENT A PERFECT 4-0 ON THE WEEKEND.. CENTER RYAN KALKBRENNER HELPED LEAD THE WAY..HE WAS A FORCE INSIDE — ESPECIALLY ON THE BOARD AND PROTECTING THE RIM.. THE ILLINI WERE THE FIRST POWER 5 SCHOOL TO OFFER THE 7 FOOTER — BACK ON MARCH 27TH… SINCE THEN — HE’S GAINED 10 MORE OFFERS… HE’S FROM TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL — THAT’S THE SAME SCHOOL THAT HAS SENT MULTIPLE PLAYERS TO PLAY FOR THE ILLINI FOOTBALL TEAM…NOW ILLINOIS IS HOPING THE MOVEMENTS MAKES IT WAY OVER TO THE COURT… RYAN KALKBRENNER:”It was awesome because they were the first high major program but then a lot of the kids from my school are going there for football so it was just kind of cool that I could potentially go there with a bunch of kids I know. They haven’t really talked to me a lot about fit. To me, the vibe I’m getting, I feel like they’re a family there and I like that. They haven’t talked a lot about fit but they feel like a family over there.” FOR MORE COVERAGE FROM THE EYBL THIS WEEKEND — HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE — WCIA.COM… ((CRAIG))THE N-L CENTRAL HAS

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