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Illini cruise in early season action

Illini cruise in early season action

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

It was a “peachy keen” weekend in Georgia for Illinois softball as the team swept Boston College and Georgia Tech to improve its record to 7-2. Over two games, the Illini outscored the Eagles 19-6, which included a 12-3 run-rule victory in game one. Despite a rain delay during game two on Friday...

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball will be back on the road this weekend for its second tournament of the season. Once again, the Illini are heading for a much more temperate climate to compete in Atlanta. There, the team will be hosted by Georgia Tech and the two teams will face off Friday at 4:30 p.m. CST. Illinoi...

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

By JJ Kim, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following a 3-2 start to the season, the Illinois softball team heads to Atlanta this weekend where it will face Georgia Tech and Boston College. Fourth-year coach Tyra Perry will look to build off a solid opening weekend and climb the conference rankings. The team finished 37-18 last season, includi...

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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

The Illinois softball team started its spring season by picking up the program’s 600th and 601st wins in Houston on Friday. During the team's 2019 season opener, Illinois ousted two top-25 teams — No. 22 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Kentucky — beating them 7-4 and 6-5, respectively. Senior outfiel...

Pitching, home runs carry softball to win over IUPUI

Pitching, home runs carry softball to win over IUPUI

May 3, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

The sun finally came out over Eichelberger Field, and with it came another Illinois Softball win. “It’s finally softball weather,” senior Leigh Farina said. “It actually makes you want to come out and play and not stand in the field miserable because you’re so cold.” The Illini got...

Illinois takes doubleheader against Penn State

Illinois takes doubleheader against Penn State

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant sports editor

April 30, 2018


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

While it was an unusual 48 hours for the Illinois softball team, the Illini weathered the storm to sweep a Saturday doubleheader at Penn State. The Illini played an inning-and-a-half Friday night, giving up three early runs to the Nittany-Lions. However, thunderstorms in the area would postpone the...

Even the Illini have rigid game day superstitions

Even the Illini have rigid game day superstitions

April 26, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Athletes are known for having superstitions, and the Illinois softball team is no exception.  For outfielders Mattie Doane and Kiana Sherlund, stepping up the plate with special gear could be the difference between a good and bad game. Doane needs to have the right attire on — or off — when b...

Walkoff helps grab series win against Iowa

Walkoff helps grab series win against Iowa

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

April 23, 2018


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

After easing its way to a 7-1 win Friday night against Iowa, Illinois found itself clawing back in a nail-biting battle on Saturday. The Illini are now 2-0 in its Big Ten series with the Hawkeyes and 8-6 in conference play, 29-15 overall. According to head coach Tyra Perry, both games displayed Illi...

Illinois kicks off home stand looking for consistency

Illinois kicks off home stand looking for consistency

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Not much has been consistent for the Illinois softball team so far this year — not even the weather. Illinois head coach Tyra Perry hopes they can count on things feeling more spring-like in the coming weeks. “I hate it,” Perry said. “I know I’m not supposed to say that, but it’s tough....

Illinois’ positive vibes infectious

Illinois’ positive vibes infectious

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

At the start of the bottom of the fifth inning on March 28, the Illinois softball team was down 8-0. It was cold and only the first game of a doubleheader. But, every time a player was at the plate, the Illinois dugout was up and loud. Each batter had their own cheer, and every time a pitcher fell beh...

Spring volleyball update

Spring volleyball update

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Spring volleyball isn’t anything new for the Illini, but some of the teams they play are. Illinois has faced Kentucky several times in previous fall seasons; however, local teams like Bradley and Illinois State represent uncharted territory for Illinois. So far during the spring season, Illinois has twice o...

Once enemies, Illinois teammates now together

Once enemies, Illinois teammates now together

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

On March 13, 2016, Syracuse and North Carolina played each other in softball. Syracuse sophomore Maddi Doane went 1-for-3, and North Carolina freshman Kiana Sherlund pinch ran for a run in a 2-1 win for the Tar Heels. On April 8, 2018, Doane and Sherlund combined for 11 RBIs, but this time, their effort...

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