Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UIS baseball team rolls past Benedictine

With the regular season winding down, college baseball coaches are getting their teams prepared for the postseason.

A non-conference game between the University of Illinois Springfield and Benedictine University of Springfield at UIS Athletic Field on Tuesday gave them a tune-up before the final push through conference play.

UIS won 12-1 in eight innings. It was the first meeting between the teams since 2011 when the Stars won 6-3 in their inaugural season.

A trio of seniors powered the Stars at the plate. Infielder Nick Sanders went 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Infielder Blake Baker scored three runs, hit a double and had a RBI. Outfielder Adam Unes went 2-for-4 with a double.

The Prairie Stars (23-18) have nine games left before the postseason gets underway.

The win was featured by The State Journal-Register on April 23, 2014.

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Softball: Stars’ Amos hits game-winner

Jordyn Amos hit the game-winning RBI double in the University of Illinois Springfield’s 1-0 victory over McKendree in the second game of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader.

It was the third shutout for UIS sophomore pitcher Alex Smith. She struck out five and improved to 14-11. She needs to two strikeouts to tie sophomore teammate Cheyanne Bowman’s single-season record of 118 strikeouts. Smith is one win from tying the single-season win record of 15.

Amos hit a double in McKendree’s 3-2 win in the first game. Amos went 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Prairie Stars (23-22, 14-16).

The win was reported by The State Journal-Register on April 23, 2014.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS

The University of Illinois board of trustees held a special meeting by video conference Friday afternoon to discuss a quirk in the state’s pension reform law that officials are worried could trigger major brain drain across the system’s three campuses this summer.

Because of an “unintended drafting error,” thousands of university employees hired before 2005 stand to lose a significant portion of their lifetime retirement income if they don’t retire before July 1, Avijit Ghosh, senior adviser to university president Robert Easter, told the board.

Chancellor Susan Koch said UIS has about 200 employees eligible to retire. Among those opting to do so, even though they’d prefer not to, are the math department head, the chief financial officer and the campus horticulturist, she said.

“Although, of course, the scale at the Springfield campus is different, the problem is the same,” Koch said.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on April 19, 2014.

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