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Illini see top pitchers, hitters return after shortened spring season

Illinois head coach Tyra Perry speaks to her team during the game against Baylor on Feb. 21. Perry is pleased all of her starters are returning from last year.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2020

Lights-out pitching and timely hitting made the Illinois softball team competitive last season, as they finished the coronavirus-shortened season with an 11-11 record. While the team had its ups and downs — losing five out of seven games in the middle of the season— Illinois has an advantage this...

Illini softball use transfer portal to enhance roster

Junior Addy Jarvis winds up a pitch during the game against Louisville on March 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jarvis is one of two recent pitching transfers at Illinois.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The transfer portal is popping. It’s only been around for a couple of years, but the Illinois softball team has added several transfer players to its roster in recent memory. Assistant coach Laura Trout, who has been at Illinois since 2015, has seen a variety of changes in relation to recruiting in h...

Valparaiso graduate transfer acclimates to life at Illinois

Kelsie Packard poses for a headshot when she was a pitcher at Valparaiso. Packard has recently transferred to Illinois to continue her softball career.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Kelsie Packard has been at Illinois for just a few weeks, though her enrollment at the University is the culmination of a college career that involved a couple stops along the way. Packard grew up in Beloit, Wisconsin, about a three-hour drive from Champaign-Urbana, and originally signed a letter o...

Illini softball reminisces on European tour

The University of Illinois Softball team poses for a photo at Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium during their summer trip in 2019.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

June 10, 2020

For the Illinois softball team, a trip to Europe was a once in a lifetime experience. Junior catcher Shelby Stauffenberg found the trip to be unforgettable. “It was one of the best experiences of my life,” Stauffenberg said. The team left for Europe on Aug. 6 and spent a week and a half abroad. ...

Illini softball stays together while social distancing

Junior Catcher Bella Loya waits for the pitch during the match against Baylor on Feb. 21.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

The last time an Illinois team competed in a sporting event this school year was on March 12: the Illinois softball team’s win at Missouri. The team has been at home, communicating through apps like GroupMe and Snapchat while social distancing. “Our group chat stays definitely hot during this...

Edwards, Paradise receive Big Ten Medals of Honor

Seniors Taylor Edwards and Michael Paradise became Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients on Wednesday.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 16, 2020

Illinois announced Taylor Edwards, senior in AHS, and Michael Paradise, senior in Engineering, as the recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor on Wednesday via Twitter. Each year, the University honors one male and one female senior athlete with the award. Edwards played four seasons of softball and ...

Best Illini uniforms: blue-white heads 2019 softball jersey combinations

Freshman Avrey Steiner fields the ball during the match against Virginia Tech on May 17, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 10, 2020

If you’re running the uniforms for an Illini team, you have two distinct colors to choose from: orange and blue. White is also allowed, but everyone has that option. The beauty of Illinois athletics is the ability to have crisp uniforms and original colors, unlike most teams in the Big Ten. Did you k...

Team of the century: 2010 Illini softball storm through regular season

The University of Illinois Softball Team celebrates a walk-off home run during the match against Ohio State on  April 10, 2010.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The Illinois softball program hasn’t set the world on fire in this century, but they have been a steady force in the Big Ten. With six NCAA tournament appearances since 2000, Illinois is a program that has had success as a Northern program. In 2010, though, Illinois put together one of the most do...

Jarvis finds home with Illini

Freshman Addy Jarvis raises her arm as she walks off the field during the match  between Youngstown State and Kent State on March 20, 2019.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

After a long journey, several years in the making, Illinois sophomore pitcher Addy Jarvis found her home away from home. Jarvis began her collegiate career at Youngstown State, which is a 20-minute drive from her hometown of Vienna, Ohio, before transferring to Illinois last January. She began her s...

Illini of the season: Sickels, Rummel anchor lineup next spring

Freshman Delaney Rummel winds up for a swing against NC State on Feb. 16, 2020. The Illini won 7-3.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

Illinois wasn’t having a storybook season at 11-11, per se, but there were plenty of bright spots and great moments for a team dominated by underclassmen. Whether it was going undefeated at the NFCA Classic or rallying late to knock off a ranked Missouri squad, this Illinois team had the goods to ...

Big Ten Tournament cancellation affects community

The Illini softball team huddles before the game against Notre Dame on Feb. 15 at Melissa Cook Stadium. The Illini lost 10-1.

By Claire O, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Illinois softball was set to host the Big Ten softball tournament for the first time in program history May 7-9. Head coach Tyra Perry and the Illini had been looking forward to the tournament since the winter. “We are excited to have the honor of hosting the Big Ten Tournament this year,” Perry per...

Illini softball adjust to COVID-19

Head coach Tyra Perry holds her thumb up during an Illinois softball practice at Eichelberger Field/

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

The Illinois softball team was the last Illini team to play in a contest this year, defeating Missouri 2-1 on March 11. All sports were canceled on March 12 due to the fluid COVID-19 pandemic. Head coach Tyra Perry said the Missouri game came with uncertainties. The team initially heard the game woul...

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