Had a hand in Coach Sullivan's 200th win (a 5-2 victory over Bradley on April 21) with the game-winning RBI after being the winning pitcher in her 150th win (a victory over Arizona State). Started 28 games Was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI vs. South Florida and became the first Illinois pitcher to hit a home run. Hit a two-run home run in 4-1 victory over St. Mary's on March 25. Pitched, served as designated player, and played first base this season. Posted back-to-back solid performances vs. Wisconsin (retiring 13 straight and giving up one run in five innings) and Eastern Illinois (0 runs in 4 innings).
Helped the Peoria Outlaws to the Under 23 National title and was named a second team All-American in the summer. Recorded the win in a 6-3 victory over the California Crush in the winner's bracket championship. Has a perfect 7-0 record for her career with wins in 2004 over #23 Arizona State, Bradley, and Southern Illinois. Pitched well in closing the Fresno State game at the Kia Classic, got the start in the next game vs. Arizona State in the first round of bracket play. The Illini reached the semifinal of that tourney.
Ranked third on the team in starts (6) Posted a 4-0 record with wins over New Mexico, Liberty, Mississippi, and Illinois State Struck out 34. Struck out eight in five innings vs. Liberty and five in four innings vs. Coastal Carolina. Threw five innings of shut-out ball vs. Mississippi at the Speedline Tournament. Threw four innings against Stanford, giving up just one hit and no runs while striking out five.
Earned nine varsity letters and was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 Named one of the area's top 12 senior athletes by the Daily Herald Named all-area by both the Naperville Sun and Daily Herald, while earning Female Athlete of the Year honors from both publications Four-time All-DuPage Valley unanimous selection Holds Naperville North records for strikeouts in a game (22) and career (726), lowest ERA for a season (0.72) and career (0.82) fewest walks in a season (19), and most career victories (52) Team MVP Club Team advanced to the national tournament each year from 1996-2002 Named to the WASA All World Team in 2000 (18 & under) Coached by Rob Williams in high school Played for NJ Charmers, Downers Dolls, DuPage Power, Naperville Diamonds, and DuPage Sidekicks club teams Club coach was Tim Wargo Played basketball for four seasons (coached by Tom Vargos) Named special mention all-conference twice Naperville North won three regional basketball titles Led North in rebounding, scoring, blocks and charges taken Played one year of varsity golf (coached by Ed Rosenthal), earning special mention all-DVC accolades.
Born Dec. 9, 1983 Earned the Principal Service Award for Special Education Daughter of Phil and Eileen Diekemper Father Phil, graduated from the University of Illinois in '77 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. Enjoys golf, basketball, skiing, bowling, and church activities. Majoring in Early Childhood Education.