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Illini swept for the first time in 2019

Illini swept for the first time in 2019

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 23, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

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 soft...

Illini run-rule Sulkis during mid-week matchup

Illini run-rule Sulkis during mid-week matchup

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

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...

Teammates double as roommates

Teammates double as roommates

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Freshman year in college can be a hard adjustment for some students. You take harder classes, gain independence and have a roommate you barely know, if at all. You two have to share a small space and learn how to work together to create a living environment. You and your roommate are, pretty much, a t...

Illinois dominate series against Iowa

Illinois dominate series against Iowa

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball traveled to Iowa this weekend and grabbed its second Big Ten series, 2-1. Heading into Iowa on a three-game losing streak, the Illini won 12-1 Friday and then split the doubleheader on Saturday 12-11 and 4-3, respectively. “Iowa is a good team, but we traditionally play great again...

Illinois drops double header to Missouri Tuesday

Illinois drops double header to Missouri Tuesday

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Over the weekend, Illinois softball lost its second Big Ten series against No. 15 Minnesota, 2-1, in Champaign. The Illini hoped to return with a mark in the win column during the Braggin’ Rights doubleheader against the University of Missouri on Tuesday but dropped both games. Illinois’ record...

Loya swings at goals, scores success

Loya swings at goals, scores success

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Now midway through her sophomore season, Bella Loya has brought the Illini veteran-like success from all over the field. With a goal-oriented mindset, Loya is determined to make the most of her collegiate career. “Last year, definitely one of the goals I set for myself was I wanted to make the rest o...

Illini offense begins slow, ends in win over Redbirds

Illini offense begins slow, ends in win over Redbirds

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Coming off a series loss at Nebraska, Illinois softball took a break from Big Ten play to host Illinois State Wednesday. The Illini beat the Redbirds 2-1, improving to a 23-9 record. “We’ve been playing tight so we’re really trying to play free and play loose,” said head coach Tyra Perry. “We know that the midweek games, especia...

Illinois plays double-header Saturday despite rainy conditions

Illinois plays double-header Saturday despite rainy conditions

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following an extra-inning win over Eastern Illinois University last Tuesday, the Illinois softball team traveled to Nebraska for its first Big Ten series on the road. Friday’s game was postponed due to weather, moving the series start to Saturday afternoon. However, the Illini suffered a 3-2 loss...

Illini pull out win against Panthers

Illini pull out win against Panthers

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In its final game of a seven-game homestand, the Illinois softball team beat Eastern Illinois University 8-7 in extra innings to improve to a 21-7 record. The victory came two days after the Illini won their first Big Ten series of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers on another one-run decision. ...

Team returns to Champaign for home opener after 21 games on road

Team returns to Champaign for home opener after 21 games on road

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball finally returned to Champaign on Tuesday for its home opener after playing 21 games on the road. In the first six games of the seven-game homestand, Illinois went 4-2, dropping games to Indiana State and Wisconsin. “We were excited to be back,” said head coach Tyra Perry. “...

Softball returns to Champaign after 4-1 weekend in California

Softball returns to Champaign after 4-1 weekend in California

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

After game cancellations in two straight tournaments, the No. 20 Illinois softball team played a full five-game tournament in Los Angeles this weekend. The Illini headed into the Loyola Marymount University tournament on a loss to Seattle University almost two weeks before but quickly put that in th...

Thomas outhits doubles record

Thomas outhits doubles record

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Nothing can mark the passage of time or a game’s evolution more than when a long-held record gets shattered by the newest hero of the game. Whether it’s the now-infamous (and highly debated) shattering of the late Yankee Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in the MLB or, more recently, LeBron James surpas...

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