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Team to tour Europe during fall semester

Team to tour Europe during fall semester

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

June 15, 2019

Illinois softball coach Tyra Perry announced Wednesday the team plans to travel to Europe in the fall from August 6-16 for a foreign tour, including stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. While abroad, the Illini will tour Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London in addition to playing...

Loya garners All-American accolades

Loya garners All-American accolades

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

June 10, 2019

After a standout freshman campaign, sophomore Bella Loya continued to have success in her second season for Illinois softball. Loya’s talents were recognized nationwide as the catcher was named to Softball America’s Third-Team All-America. Loya was a leader at the plate for the Illini this year, ran...

Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

June 3, 2019

Just weeks after finishing her collegiate softball career, former Illini Carly Thomas is preparing for a softball-filled summer with the Cleveland Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Comets are now affiliated with Team Mexico for the 2019 NPF season as they announced their new partnersh...

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

May 30, 2019

On Wednesday, 1,824 students were named to the spring Big Ten Academic All-Conference team, eligibility determined by varsity-team status, full-time student status and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. From the University, a total of 73 spring student-athletes were selected. Baseball David Craan Casey D...

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Following its second loss to No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA tournament, the Illinois softball team finished its 20th season with a 33-25 record including a 9-14 conference record. Illinois was selected for the Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky. After dropping their first game to ...

Ninth-seed Illinois prepares for Big Ten tournament

Ninth-seed Illinois prepares for Big Ten tournament

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

After a tough conference stretch, the Illinois softball team ended the regular season in the win column with a sweep at home against Big Ten opponent Purdue. The Illini showcased their offensive power in the series with wins of 7-2, 11-9 and 12-4. Illinois made comeback efforts Friday and Saturday to s...

Illinois breaks seven-game losing streak

Illinois breaks seven-game losing streak

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

May 2, 2019

The Illinois softball team claimed a win on its home turf on Tuesday, beating DePaul 7-0. This week’s matchup marked the team’s first return home to Urbana after being swept by Michigan during a home series in April. The Illini’s win this weekend breaks a seven-game losing streak, as the team has stru...

Illini hopes for third Big Ten win

Illini hopes for third Big Ten win

By Gabbu Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

With just three regular season games left, the Illinois softball team is looking to earn its third Big Ten series win this weekend. The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Champaign this weekend for a three-game series, which will also mark their last regular-season series. Illinois will come into the series off a mid...

Illini sit at seventh in Big Ten conference ratings

Illini sit at seventh in Big Ten conference ratings

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

Illini in the field With a little under two weeks left until the Big Ten Tournament, the Illinois softball team (27-20) sits at the back half of the conference rankings. As of Thursday, a conference record of 6-11 leaves Illinois tied for seventh in the Big Ten alongside Indiana, Purdue,and Penn Sta...

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 25, 2019

Illinois softball lost both games in its doubleheader to No. 21 Northwestern, 8-0 and 4-2. After looking to rebound off a tough weekend against Michigan, Illinois adds to its five-game losing streak. During the first matchup of the day, the Illini were shut out following a frustrating offensive pe...

Illini swept for the first time in 2019

Illini swept for the first time in 2019

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 23, 2019

After picking up a run-rule victory against Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville on Wednesday, the Illinois softball team prepared to host No. 22 Michigan in a three-game series. While the weekend was packed with promotions and alumni as the team celebrated the 20th anniversary of Illinois softba...

Illini run-rule Sulkis during mid-week matchup

Illini run-rule Sulkis during mid-week matchup

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019

Last weekend Illinois softball took its second Big Ten series at Iowa but fell in the last game of the outing. However, the Illini wasted no time getting back to the win column with a 13-4 run-rule win over SIUE at home on Wednesday. “I think we’ve had good energy all week, especially coming of...

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