Orange and Blue ranked 23rd in the nation in team GPA
Top-seeded Wolverines defeat Illinois, 8-2, in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Illinois closed the regular season with a 6-1 victory over Penn State
Six-run seventh led NDSU to 7-4 win; Illini def. Omaha 6-1
Illinois returns majority of offense, gains young talent in pitching rotation
Illinois played Nebraska with each team taking away a win on April 5, 2014.
Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14
Photos from the Illini's game against North Dakota State on March 15, 2014
2014 - Freshman: Saw time in 22 games on the season after missing the majority of pre-conference play with a hand injury ... Used primarily as a pinch hitter/pinch runner, with two starts at third base ... Had a double and a walk in 11 at-bats on the year, striking out just once ... Scored seven runs and went 2-for-2 on the basepaths ... Made her first career appearance on March 15, scoring runs as a pinch runner against both NDSU and Omaha in the doubleheader, and stealing her first career base in game two vs. UNO ... Pinch ran in two games of the Iowa series ... Took her first career at-bat with two outs in the seventh inning against No. 16 Missouri, getting on base to keep the game alive ... Scored as a pinch runner at Illinois State ... Doubled against DePaul in her first career start, making her first appearance in the field at third base ... Scored two runs as a pinch runner against No. 4 Michigan ... Scored two runs and stole a base as a pinch runner in the final two Penn State games ... Made her first appearance at second base against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, entering the game for Allie Bauch, who was injured on the first play of the game.
High School: South Suburban Conference Player of the Year 2013 ... Super 60 Selection 2013 ... First-team all-state by Illinois Coaches Association 2013 ... Four-time all-conference selection ... Southtown Star All-Area 2012, 2013 ... All-area honorable mention 2010 ... Four-time Golden Bat award winner ... Three-time Golden Base award winner 2011, 2012, 2013 ... Golden Glove 2010, 2013 ... Southtown Star Top 100 Players 2012 ... SSC All-Academic/Athletic Award 2013 ... A four-year starter for Tinley Park High School under Wendy Podbielniak, she hit over .550 in her final two seasons and stole a total of 131 bases in her career ... Helped lead Tinley the Titans to two Regional Championships (2010, 2012), a Regional Final appearance in 2011, a Sectional Final appearance in 2010, and to third-place finish at the Class 3A State Championships in 2013 ... Played travel ball for the Orland Park Sparks under Joe Tholl ... Finished ninth at 12U Northern Nationals, then 25th at 14U and 18U ASA Nationals.
Personal: Born Alyssa Corinne Gunther ... Daughter of Gary and Rhonda Gunther ... Has an older brother, Adam ... Member of the Academically Talented Program 2011-2013 ... National Honor Society 2012, 2013 ... Mathletes Member 2009-12 ... Titan Scholar 2012, 2013 ... Top 5 in class 2011 ... Top 1% of class 2009-2013 ... Illinois State Scholar 2013 ... Majoring in Kinesiology.
Getting to Know Alyssa:
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Three things on your "bucket list": Skydiving, travel to Europe, visit all 50 states
What are you most proud of and why? Making it to state my senior year for softball and winning third place. Not too many people can say they won the last game of their high school career.
Book you've read in the past year: The Kite Runner
Favorite quote: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss
Your weirdest quirk: I get very superstitious about things, especially in sports
Favorite TV Show: Awkward
Favorite subject in high school: Anatomy