Illinois softball endures first loss of the season

The Fighting Illini softball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night against No. 11 Stanford in the Stanford Nike Invitational.

Stanford defeated the Illini 8-0 behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Ashley Chinn. Chinn pitched five scoreless innings giving up only four hits on the day. The Illini, however, defeated Sacramento State earlier in the day 7-1. Illinois’ starting pitcher Pepper Gay pitched 4.2 innings giving up just five hits and one run.