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Illinois looks to make statement in series against Purdue

Illinois looks to make statement in series against Purdue

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

Currently, the Illini have three key factors in mind as they return to their home field: consistency to bring their all to each game, resilience to act quickly and recover from challenges standing in their...

Junior Avrey Stiener catches the ball during their game against Minnesota on March 28. The team may have placed fourth, but they continue to improve their skills individually.

Illinois remains fourth in Big Ten despite rough weekend in Lincoln

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 11, 2021

As the weekend comes to an end, Illinois returns to Champaign with a record of 15-9. Despite dominant individual performances, the Illini's four-game series didn’t go as planned. Illinois came out of...

Sophomore Delaney Rummell is in position at third base during the game against Minnesota on March 26. The Illinois softball team will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for a four-game series against the Cornhuskers on Thursday.

Illini travel to Lincoln to ‘shuck the Huskers’

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 9, 2021

Illinois will head back out on the road Thursday to Lincoln, Nebraska for a four-game series against the Cornhuskers. Their opponent currently sits at a 11-9 record, though they are on a two-game losing...

Junior Kailee Powell swings at the ball during their game against Minnesota March 28. Powell has a diverse tool set, as she has played almost every position at some point in her softball career.

Powell transitions from infield to outfield, powers Illini offense

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

Softball is a game, and like all games, they aren’t going to last forever. In any game of life, there are always going to be different perspectives, unexpected plays and obstacles to overcome to reach...

Junior Sydney Sickels pitched during a game against Minnesota on March 28. The Illinois softball team just returned from Madison, Wisconsin with a 3-1 series win against the Badgers.

Illinois’ first true Big Ten road series ends with successful weekend

By Allende Miglietta , Staff Writer April 5, 2021

After a four-game series with the Badgers, the Illini returned from Madison, Wisconsin with a 3-1 series win, boosting their overall record to 14-6. Illinois has dropped two rankings in the Big Ten...

Sophomore Kelly Ryono prepares to bat in a game against Minnesota on Friday. The Illinois softball team is preparing to face Wisconsin this weekend with the same mindset they had to previously beat Minnesota in their final series game.

Illinois prepares to face Wisconsin

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

As the team departs for Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday, they have three key factors in mind: toughness, to go out and do what they do best, demonstrating their competitive excellence; unity, to help them...

The Illinois women's softball team huddles up during a game against Minnesota on friday. The team lost their first three games against minnesota, but powered through and won 8-0 on Sunday.

Illinois ends tough four-game series with impressive win over Minnesota

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer March 28, 2021

Illinois’ bats heated up during the last game of the four-game series after taking three tough losses against Minnesota. Illinois ended its first series at Eichelberger Field with a home record of 1-3,...

Illinois returns to Urbana, looks to extend winning streak against Minnesota

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

Illinois hasn’t played a home game since the end of the 2019 season. This weekend, the Illini will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a four-game series, including a doubleheader on Saturday at Eichelberger...

Junior Sydney Sickels pitches during competition. Sickels has been an essential asset to the softball team this year.

Sickels brings calmness, confidence, courage to softball diamond

By Allende Miglietta, Contributing Writer March 22, 2021

Junior pitcher Sydney Sickels shared three things that guide her performances: calmness to feel comfortable, confidence to overcome challenges and courage to enable determination. Illinois’ motto is...

Junior Sydney Sickels pitches in the Orange & Blue World Series at Eichelberger Field on Oct. 25. The Illini had a successful weekend playing against Michigan State and Penn State at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex in Leesburg, FL.

Illinois softball have strong last weekend in Florida

By Allende Miglietta, Contributing Writer March 15, 2021

The Illini return to Champaign after a successful weekend at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex in Leesburg, Florida. They played both Michigan State and Penn State, three games apiece, improving their record...

Members of Illinois Softball’s Team Orange pose for a photo during the 2020 Orange & Blue World Series on Oct. 25. The Illini are currently in Florida set to play a series against Michigan State and Penn State over the upcoming weekend.

Illinois set for weekend series with Michigan State, Penn State

By Allende Miglietta, Contributing Writer March 11, 2021

The Illinois softball team is ready to take on both Michigan State and Penn State this weekend, returning to action with six games at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex in Leesburg, Florida after a week off....

Junior Avrey Steiner fields a ball during competition. Steiner has been the most successful Illinois softball player so far this season, striking out only twice in 23 plate appearances in Florida.

Steiner keeps it simple as she leads Illini lineup

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor March 4, 2021

Patience, but be aggressive. Hit for contact, but smack it if they doubt you. Read the defense, but let the instincts take over.  Junior infielder Avrey Steiner’s strategy at the plate can be narrowed...

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