Kylie Johnson went 5-for-8 with her first career triple
Illini capture first series sweep with outstanding play on all fronts
Booker was a HR shy of the cycle; Davis, Perez hit game-winning homers
Minnesota 5, Illinois 1 // Minnesota 2, Illinois 0
Alex Booker went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt
Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.
Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
Photos from the Fighting Illini Softball team's annual Christmas Party
2013 - Junior:Appeared in 12 games for the Illini, primarily as a pinch runner, making a start at designated player against Minnesota on April 13 ... Went 1-for-4 at the plate on the year with four runs scored and two stolen bases ...Made her first career appearance against UNI as a pinch runner ... Was the first pinch runner off the bench in the Fighting Illini Invitational, scoring twice and registering her first career stolen base against Saint Louis ... Stole a base in the first game of the Wisconsin series ... Had her first career at-bat for the Illini in a high-pressure situation at Northwestern, coming up with two outs and the bases loaded, trailing by several runs. She put the ball in play, but grounded out to short ... Singled in her first career start for Illinois, making it to first on a swinging bunt as the designated player against Minnesota on Apr. 13 ... Scored on a suicide squeeze in the series finale against Indiana on Apr. 21.
At Lincoln Land CC: Named a two-time All-American while attending Lincoln Land Community College, earning third team honors as a freshman before tallying a second team nod as a sophomore ... Was also a two-time first team all-region and two-time all-conference selection in two years with the Lincoln Land program ... Batted .475 with a .558 on-base mark and a .636 slugging percentage as a freshman at Lincoln Land, tallying 27 stolen bases, 27 RBIs, 77 hits and 60 runs scored ... Followed with a .448 clip as a sophomore, reaching base in 52.9 percent of her plate appearances while slugging .570, stealing 29 bags, knocking in 23 runs, scoring 54 more and collecting 77 hits ... Was named to the Lincoln Land President's List for recording a 4.0 grade point average ... Was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
High School: Four-year varsity letter winner at Glenwood ... Her high school squad finished second at the 3A State Championship during her junior year ... Was named all-conference during her final season of scholastic competition ... Vernie Lee Sportsmanship Award honoree ... Named to the Mizuno Super 60 team as a senior ... Capped her career at Glenwood with a .495 batting average, .600 on-base percentage, .613 slugging percentage, 13 stolen bases, 25 RBIs, 55 hits and 42 runs scored as a senior ... Played travel softball for the Central Illinois Heat, Midland Magic and Pekin Lettes.
Personal: Born January 16, 1992 ... Transferred to the University of Illinois from Lincoln Land Community College and joined the softball program for the 2012-13 school year ... Majoring in Community Health.
Getting to Know Sami:
Favorite Food: My grandpa's homemade French fries
Dream Job: A physician for a professional sports team
Pregame Superstitions: Right sock goes on first. Left shoe goes on first.
Fun Fact about you: Pickles are the only green food I like
Secret talent: Pole vault
Who most influenced your athletic career? The 1999 Glenwood Redskin softball team