Thursday, April 10, 2014

UIS softball team tries to warm up in homestretch of season

The sun was shining and temperatures reached into the 60s Wednesday, when the University of Illinois Springfield softball team reveled in the great outdoors.

UIS has practiced outside once for almost every 12 games it has played. The Prairie Stars have 35 games under their belts, yet have practiced outdoors only three times, twice this week and once last week.

A break in the weather has made it possible for the Stars to finally take to their diamond two-thirds of the way through the regular-season schedule. An extended winter and wet weather had kept the Stars inside at The Hitting Center since January.

“Now that we’re outside and practicing, our defense has gotten a lot better,” UIS sophomore pitcher Cheyanne Bowman said. “Usually we are inside on turf and weren’t used to dirt so at the beginning we were a little shaky.”

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on April 10, 2014.

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Prairie Stars beat Western Illinois

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Alex Bradley hit a two-run single in the fifth inning and was 4-for-6 with four RBIs in a 17-10 win over Western Illinois University.

UIS (18-12) raced to a 9-0 lead in the third inning. The 17 runs were a season high for the Stars.

Winning pitcher Kyle Schildroth had one strikeout and allowed four hits and one walk in three innings.

Adam Unes hit a two-run double in the first for the Prairie Stars, who lost four previous games to the Leathernecks (6-18). He was 3-for-5 and had three RBIs.

The win was reported by The State Journal-Register on April 10, 2014.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Cloudy conditions cancel first UIS star party; more events set for April

Stargazers will be able to get a look at some of Earth’s celestial neighbors during upcoming Friday Night Star Parties at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The weekly parties were to start Friday night, but the first one had to be canceled because of cloudy conditions. Additional events are scheduled for April 11, 18 and 25 between 8 and 10 p.m. at the campus observatory on the roof of Brookens Library. The door for the observatory is on the southeast side of the library.

A typical star party begins with a presentation about galaxies, the sun and stars as people ascend the stairs to the observatory. On the roof observation deck, visitors can view the skies through telescopes and ask questions.

John Martin, associate professor of astronomy/physics at UIS, said that as long as the weather cooperates, Jupiter will be visible during all of April, and Mars will be visible at the end of the month.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, should be an interesting sight.

“Sometimes you can see the different-colored bands around its equator and atmosphere,” Martin said. “You can also see that it isn’t round. It’s oblate because it’s spinning so fast. You can also see that it has four bright moons.”

The event was featured by The State Journal-Register on April 5, 2014.

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