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Illini softball opens conference play 3-0 after sweeping Iowa

Illini softball opens conference play 3-0 after sweeping Iowa

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Senior Breanna Wonderly’s dominant pitching led the Illinois softball team to a 3-0 sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. In the first game of the series, Wonderly pitched the 12th no-hitter in program history, helping the team to a 8-0 wins. The only batter to reach base...

Illinois softball to play in the Clearwater Spring Break Classic

Illinois softball to play in the Clearwater Spring Break Classic

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 16
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball will be playing some of its last non-conference games of the season when it competes at the Clearwater Spring Break Classic in Tampa this weekend. The team is coming off a 5-1 loss to Missouri last Wednesday, making the Illini 0-4 against ranked opponents this season. “They’re rank...

Illinois softball coaches bring a new approach to an old dream

Illinois softball coaches bring a new approach to an old dream

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
March 9
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Two years ago, the Illinois softball team was on the market for a new head coach after Terri Sullivan retired. Sullivan had been with the program since its inception — 16 years total. The coach to follow would be the first ever change to the program. After looking over many coaches, the Illinois de...

Illini go 4-1 at LSU Invitational this weekend

Illini go 4-1 at LSU Invitational this weekend

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 6
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Nicole Evans and sophomore Stephanie Abello led the Illinois softball team to a 4-1 record at the LSU Invitational over the weekend. In day one of the LSU Invitational, Illinois won both of its games against Illinois State and Florida Atlantic University. The Illini were down 2-0 against the ...

Illinois softball heads to Louisiana for the weekend

Illinois softball heads to Louisiana for the weekend

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
March 2
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Coming off of last week's 3-2 tournament, the Illinois softball team will head to Louisiana for its fourth tournament of the season in an attempt to improve on its 8-5 record. One of the team's highlights from last weekend was tying for the fourth-most runs in Illini history during a single game,...

Illinois softball wins three at I-75 Challenge

Illinois softball wins three at I-75 Challenge

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
February 27
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois softball team went 3-2 in the I-75 Challenge in Georgia this weekend. The Illini kicked off the weekend with a doubleheader against Georgia State on Friday. Senior pitcher Breanna Wonderly held Georgia to two hits and one walk while striking out one, leading to the five-inning shutout. "Wonderly...

Evans, Fleming look to help Illini bounce back at I-75 Challenge

Evans, Fleming look to help Illini bounce back at I-75 Challenge

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois head softball coach Tyra Perry and her team will look to end a two-game losing streak this weekend at the I-75 Challenge in Atlanta, starting Friday. The Illini were in Cathedral City, California, last weekend, playing only three of five scheduled games due to rain cancellations. Illinois w...

Illinois softball ends rainy California weekend with 1-2 record

Illinois softball ends rainy California weekend with 1-2 record

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In a weekend characterized by rain delays, the Illinois softball team only played three of its five scheduled games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, California. The Illini finished the weekend with a 1-2 record. On the first day of the tournament a delay pushed both games back. Afterwar...

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Illini of the Week, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In her four years as an Illinois softball outfielder, Nicole Evans has made quite the name for herself: leader, teammate, friend, and sometimes even “Nickel” — because her mom's name is Penny. Evans played in 41 games as a freshman, starting in 32 of them primarily in the right field. In her ...

Illinois season off to a hot start after a 4-1 opening weekend in Puerto Rico

Illinois season off to a hot start after a 4-1 opening weekend in Puerto Rico

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
February 13
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball senior Nicole Evans took a deep breath, looked at her bat and made an "X" in the dirt by home plate. She has perfected her at-bat routine and said it helps her to focus and calm down. Evans was first to bat, leading off in the team's Puerto Rico Division I tournament. After...

Illinois softball opens season with tournament in Puerto Rico

Illinois softball opens season with tournament in Puerto Rico

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Tyra Perry will begin her second year as the Illinois softball coach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this weekend. The Illini will be participating in the Puerto Rico Division I tournament, competing against North Carolina and Georgia Tech twice and once against California over the weekend. In Perry’s...

Perry turns around Illinois softball in first season

May 8
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

There was plenty of uncertainty for the Illinois softball team entering the season. For the first time in the history of the program, the team had a new coach. Illinois had been under the guidance of Terri Sullivan since the first year of the program in 2000. However, her successor, Tyra Perry, was m...

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