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Players come together for international exhibitions

Over the summer, the Illini tested their skills abroad, playing against teams in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. The Illini were able to learn about other cultures from players across the world.

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

October 3, 2019

Illinois softball was back in action at Eichelberger Field this weekend, but before the team could start fall ball — and the fall semester — they had to make it back across the Atlantic. This summer marked the program’s inaugural international tour, which took the Illini across the pond to the United ...

Team to tour Europe during fall semester

The Illini cheer on their batter in the dugout at Eichelberger Field April 3.  Illinois will be looking to secure a final series win against Purdue next weekend.

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

June 15, 2019

Illinois softball coach Tyra Perry announced Wednesday the team plans to travel to Europe in the fall from August 6-16 for a foreign tour, including stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. While abroad, the Illini will tour Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London in addition to playing...

Loya garners All-American accolades

Bella Loya preparing for a pitch at Eichelberger Field on April 3.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

June 10, 2019

After a standout freshman campaign, sophomore Bella Loya continued to have success in her second season for Illinois softball. Loya’s talents were recognized nationwide as the catcher was named to Softball America’s Third-Team All-America. Loya was a leader at the plate for the Illini this year, ran...

Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

Illinois left fielder Carly Thomas (25) hits the ball during the game against Eastern Illinois at Eichelberger Field on March 26. The Illini won 8-7 in 8 innings.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

June 3, 2019

Just weeks after finishing her collegiate softball career, former Illini Carly Thomas is preparing for a softball-filled summer with the Cleveland Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Comets are now affiliated with Team Mexico for the 2019 NPF season as they announced their new partnersh...

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

Illinois' Aleks Kovacevic swings at the ball during the match against Duke at Atkins Tennis Center on Feb. 1, 2019. Kovacevic was one of the 73 Illinois student-athletes to be named to the spring Big Ten  Academic All-Conference team.

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

May 30, 2019

On Wednesday, 1,824 students were named to the spring Big Ten Academic All-Conference team, eligibility determined by varsity-team status, full-time student status and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. From the University, a total of 73 spring student-athletes were selected. Baseball David Craan Casey D...

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

Veronica Ruelius stands at second base during a game against Michigan at Eichelberger Field on April 20. The Illini lost 8-9.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Following its second loss to No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA tournament, the Illinois softball team finished its 20th season with a 33-25 record including a 9-14 conference record. Illinois was selected for the Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky. After dropping their first game to ...

Ninth-seed Illinois prepares for Big Ten tournament

Head coach Tyra Perry speaks with Annie Fleming (99) during a Purdue Pitching Change on Sunday. The Illini won 12-4.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

After a tough conference stretch, the Illinois softball team ended the regular season in the win column with a sweep at home against Big Ten opponent Purdue. The Illini showcased their offensive power in the series with wins of 7-2, 11-9 and 12-4. Illinois made comeback efforts Friday and Saturday to s...

Illinois breaks seven-game losing streak

Taylor Edwards speaks to one of the Softball coaches at Eichelberger Field on April 3. Illinois defeated Illinois State 2-1. This game marked the end of a seven-game losing streak for the Illini.

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

May 2, 2019

The Illinois softball team claimed a win on its home turf on Tuesday, beating DePaul 7-0. This week’s matchup marked the team’s first return home to Urbana after being swept by Michigan during a home series in April. The Illini’s win this weekend breaks a seven-game losing streak, as the team has stru...

Illini hopes for third Big Ten win

Taylor Edwards pitches at Eichelberger Field versus ISU on April 3.

By Gabbu Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

With just three regular season games left, the Illinois softball team is looking to earn its third Big Ten series win this weekend. The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Champaign this weekend for a three-game series, which will also mark their last regular-season series. Illinois will come into the series off a mid...

Illini sit at seventh in Big Ten conference ratings

The Illini cheer on their batter in the dugout at Eichelberger Field April 3.  Illinois will be looking to secure a final series win against Purdue next weekend.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

Illini in the field With a little under two weeks left until the Big Ten Tournament, the Illinois softball team (27-20) sits at the back half of the conference rankings. As of Thursday, a conference record of 6-11 leaves Illinois tied for seventh in the Big Ten alongside Indiana, Purdue,and Penn Sta...

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

Veronica Ruelius getting ready to swing at Eichelberger Field on Apr. 3. The Illini defeated ISU, 2-1.

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 25, 2019

Illinois softball lost both games in its doubleheader to No. 21 Northwestern, 8-0 and 4-2. After looking to rebound off a tough weekend against Michigan, Illinois adds to its five-game losing streak. During the first matchup of the day, the Illini were shut out following a frustrating offensive pe...

Illini swept for the first time in 2019

Taylor Edwards pitches at Eichelberger Field versus ISU on April 3.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 23, 2019

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 softba...

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