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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...

Team ready to play after cancellations

Team ready to play after cancellations

By JJ Kim, Staff writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

The 12-4 Illinois softball team will travel to Los Angeles this Friday to take on the University of California, Santa  Barbara, California Polytechnic State University, Oklahoma University and Loyola Marymount. The Illini look forward to playing a full tournament after their last two game...

Board games bring players together before big games

Board games bring players together before big games

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

March 5, 2019


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

Whenever a new season of Illinois softball begins, there are a few inevitabilities. The biggest being the time spent on the road. With conditions in Champaign less-than-ideal for spring sports until most students have left campus for spring break, the Illini can expect to be packing their bags and hitting t...

Friday games incite energy for Illini

Friday games incite energy for Illini

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In what was supposed to be a five-game tournament this weekend, the Illinois softball team only played three games (its Sunday matchup against McNeese and Saturday game against Syracuse were canceled due to less-than-ideal weather). Despite the shortened schedule, the Illini left the OSU-Tulsa Invit...

Freshman pitcher hits her mark early

Freshman pitcher hits her mark early

By JJ Kim, Staff writer

February 28, 2019


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

Prior to her first tournament as an Illini, freshman pitcher Sydney Sickels didn’t feel the nerves which usually come the first season. Even the star seniors on the team, like center fielder Kiana Sherlund, spoke of the anxiety she feels prior to the first tournament every season. “One of our fre...

Illini come out of Mardi Gras Invitational 3-1

Illini come out of Mardi Gras Invitational 3-1

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

February 26, 2019


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

Illinois softball dealt with its fair share of trials and tribulations this weekend as inclement weather led to the cancellation of its tournament-opening game against Hofstra on Friday. Following the canceled matchup, Stephen F. Austin brought Illinois’ six-game win streak to an end Saturday evening. ...

Illini softball look to succeed at another weekend tournament

Illini softball look to succeed at another weekend tournament

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

As temperatures are expected to climb into the low fifties back in Champaign, Illini softball can expect a brief respite from the unpredictable winter weather as the team heads down for a three-day tournament in Mobile, Alabama. Illinois will be one of five schools represented in what will be Illinois’ t...

Illini compete across coasts to start season

Illini compete across coasts to start season

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois softball team finished its second road trip of the season in Atlanta, Georgia, which took place Feb. 15-16, and is gearing up for the Mardi Gras Classic in Mobile, Alabama, this weekend. The outing to Alabama follows Illinois’ four-game series sweep over Boston College and Georgia Tech ...

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