Jenna Mychko belted her sixth home run of the year in the second inning
Sophomore Allie Bauch hit two home runs in the 7-4 defeat of ISU
Iowa won a slugfest, 10-7, but Illinois took the DH nightcap, 4-3, in eight innings
Iowa broke up Needham's one-hit shutout with two runs in the top of the seventh
Six-run seventh led NDSU to 7-4 win; Illini def. Omaha 6-1
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
Illinois' home game against Eastern Illinois on April 9, 2013
Photos from the Illini's Big Ten game versus Nebraska on March 30
2013 - Freshman: Big Ten Freshman of the Week (4/29) ... NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... Appeared in 45 of the Illini's 49 games, making 40 starts ... Split time between second base and shortstop for much of the season, then began starting at designated player and moving to second midway through the game during the Illini's late season winning streak ... Hit .250 with 30 hits, five doubles, a home run, 16 walks, 15 runs scored and 18 RBI, going 5-for-5 in steals ... Tied for first in the Big Ten with two sacrifice flies in conference play ...Went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in her first career appearance, vs. No. 1 Alabama ... Had an RBI single vs. UNI ... Had six hits at the Houston Invite, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI vs. DePaul ... Hit her first career home run against Houston on Feb. 17, a solo shot in the sixth ... Went 2-for-3 with a walk against Oregon State ... Batted 2-for-4 against Georgia Tech, leading off the first inning with her first career double ... Had three RBI in the Nebraska series, including an RBI double in the series finale ... Broke up the no-hitter in game two of the Northwestern series, then walked, stole a base and scored the lone run of the series in the finale, batting leadoff ... Walked and scored in the first inning as the leadoff batter against Eastern Illinois ... Had a single and an RBI against Minnesota on Apr. 14 ... Hit a two-run double in the third inning of game one against Indiana to give the Illini a 4-0 lead ... Singled and scored in both games of the Iowa doubleheader ... Went 3-for-3 with a sac fly and three RBI at MSU on April 28, then followed with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, tabbing a double, a run and two RBI ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on April 29 after hitting .412 with four runs, six RBI and two stolen bases against Iowa and Michigan State ...Stole second as part of a first-and-third double steal with Jessica Davis, drawing the throw which allowed Davis to score a key run in the SIU extra-innings win. Also singled, walked and scored twice in the game ... Scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth vs. Ohio State on May 3, booking it home on a dropped third strike ... Went 1-for-3 with a leadoff double in the fourth against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.
High School: A three-sport student-athlete who combined for 10 varsity letters and four Captain Stars during participation in basketball, softball and volleyball at Conant High School ... Three-time Daily HeraldAll-Area and All-Conference (2010-12) ... Helped lead high school team to back-to-back conference championships, with a 17-0 Mid-Suburban League record and an Illinois 4A State Sweet Sixteen finish in 2012 ... Batted .393 with 11 doubles and 44 runs as a senior ... Twice voted to Conant's Best Defensive Player Award honors (2010-11) ... Played travel ball with the Schaumburg Sluggers, placing second at the 2010 NSA `A' Nationals ... Selected as one of Conant's High School top-10 outstanding seniors and was a Female Athlete of the Year Award nominee ... Academic all-state nominee in 2012 and a four-year honor roll student ... Two-time IHSA All-Academic ... Was a National Honor Society and student council member at Conant.
Personal: Born July 14, 1994 ... Daughter of Tom and Pam Bauch ... Has two siblings, Laura - a University of Illinois graduate - and Ryan.
Favorite Food: Gnocchi
Favorite Quote: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
Dream Job: Become a high school math teacher while coaching three school sports.
Pregame Superstitions: Straighten my hair, wear the same bow, and listen to "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts before the game.
Fun Fact: I weighed nearly 11 pounds when I was born.
Famous person you admire and why: Pat Summit because she was able to make history while being a female, which is "uncommon." She never gave up on her dreams and inspired so many people while doing so, overcoming a lot of adversity along the way.
Three Things on your "Bucket List": Skydive, study abroad, and make a difference.
Favorite Midnight Snack: Sour Skittles