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Illinois softball’s season ends in 4-2 loss

Illinois softball’s season ends in 4-2 loss

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 23, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

After being bounced out of the NCAA Tournament, seniors Nicole Evans, Breanna Wonderly, Alyssa Gunther and Ruby Rivera will no longer suit up for the Illinois softball team. “They have definitely set the tone and set the pace for the future,” head coach Tyra Perry said. “It was an awesome privilege...

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 19, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Nicole Evans continued to show that all of the accolades she has earned this season are not a fluke. With the game on the line against Marshall, Illinois softball’s all-time RBI leader brought in the game’s winning run. It took 12 innings, but the Illini gutted out a 3-2 victory over the...

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 19, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Nicole Evans continues to show that all of the accolades she has earned this season are not a fluke. With the game on the line against Marshall, Illinois softball’s all-time RBI leader brought in the game’s winning run. It took 12 innings, but the Illini gutted out a 3-2 victory over the...

Illinois softball seeded fourth in conference tournament

Illinois softball seeded fourth in conference tournament

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

After finishing the regular season 14-8 in conference play, the Illinois softball team has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2017 Big Ten tournament. By securing a spot in the top-four, the Illini have earned a first-round bye and will be back in action Friday afternoon. The team will square off against the wi...

Illinois softball looks toward postseason

Illinois softball looks toward postseason

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In her second year as head coach, Tyra Perry has led the Illinois softball team to 36 overall wins and 14 victories in the Big Ten. The Illini kicked off the 18th season in program history at the Puerto Rico DI Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, against Georgia Tech and sophomore Kiana Sherlund’s...

Illini of the Year: Nicole Evans

Illini of the Year: Nicole Evans

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Unforgettable. That’s the word senior Nicole Evans uses to describe her last four years as a member of the Illinois softball team. It’s not just Evans that will never forget her career at Illinois. In fact, it is likely that no Illini fan who saw the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native play will ever ...

Evans breaks home run record as Illinois drops weekend series against Ohio State

Evans breaks home run record as Illinois drops weekend series against Ohio State

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
May 7, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Nicole Evans became one of, if not, the best power hitters in Illinois softball history when she broke the all-time home run record in Illinois’ weekend series against Ohio State. It was not enough, however, to propel the team to a series victory against the Buckeyes.     Ohio State started t...

Illinois softball’s Evans ties record in loss

Illinois softball’s Evans ties record in loss

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Nicole Evans just etched her name in the Illinois softball history books. In Game One of a doubleheader against Northwestern, Evans stepped to the plate and crushed her team-high 16th home run of the season. The dinger to left field was the 51st of her career and ties her with Angelena Mexicano...

Illinois softball loses last nonconference game

Illinois softball loses last nonconference game

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Tuesday marked the start of the Illinois softball team’s busiest stretch of the season. The Illini are scheduled to play six games in six days — the first of which was against Eastern Illinois. The Panthers entered the game 25-18 and 8-8 on the road, while Illinois was looking to push its over...

Wonderly picks up 18th win in series split against Wisconsin

Wonderly picks up 18th win in series split against Wisconsin

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
May 1, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball had two very different performances in its weekend series against Wisconsin. Game One was a display of the offensive powerhouse the Illini have been all season, while Game Two showed the team that sometimes disappears at the plate and cannot buy a run. Illinois won the series opener...

Illinois softball dominates Oskees, prepares for Wisconsin

Illinois softball dominates Oskees, prepares for Wisconsin

James Boyd, Staff writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In its last outing, the Illinois softball team left Nebraska’s Bowlin Stadium with its 11th loss of the season. The game ended in just five innings as the Illini couldn’t find a way to stop Cornhuskers’ offensive onslaught. Seven different players recorded hits for Nebraska — totaling 13 RBIs ...

Illinois softball wins two of three at Nebraska

Illinois softball wins two of three at Nebraska

James Boyd, Staff writer
April 24, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Making history was on the horizon for the Illinois softball team. After defeating Nebraska on Friday and Saturday, a win Sunday would have pushed its win streak to 11 games — one away from the program record set back in 2010. But instead of picking up a victory, Nebraska  shut out  Illinois in t...

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