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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...

Illini softball drops doubleheader at Minnesota

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
April 10
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

On Saturday in Minneapolis, the Illinois softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Minnesota, 13-0 and 6-5, respectively. On paper, Game One was Illinois’ worst performance of the season. The Illini managed to reach base only three times in the five-inning affair, pulling together two h...

Illinois softball team travels to Minnesota for a conference matchup

Illinois softball team travels to Minnesota for a conference matchup

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
April 6
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball will get its first big test of the season this weekend with a trip up north to Minnesota, where the team will take on the Golden Gophers in a three-game set. Minnesota sits at No. 22 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball national rankings, third-highest among Big Ten teams, while Illinoi...

Meet your new Illinois athletic director: Josh Whitman

Michal Dwojak, Staff writer
February 18
Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Golf, Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Swim & Dive, Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Now that the University of Illinois has announced that Josh Whitman will be the school’s next athletic director, it’s a good time to learn who the new leader of Illinois athletics is. Whitman’s ties to Illinois started in 1997 when he first lined up at tight end for Ron Turner. He finish...