Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Jenna Mychko receives her second Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
Illinois closed the regular season with a 6-1 victory over Penn State
Allie Bauch reached base in every plate appearance on the day
Huskers top Illini, 12-3, in five innings to close out the weekend
Double header against Michigan on April 26, 2014.
Double header games against Northwestern
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 - Senior: Played in 48 of 50 Illini games at catcher, starting all but one ... Hit .273 with a .447 slugging percentage and a .347 on base percentage ... Tallied 36 hits, five doubles, six home runs, 10 walks, five HBP, six sacrifice bunts, 16 runs and 21 RBI in 132 at-bats ... Led the Big Ten and set a new program record by tabbing a 1.000 fielding percentage over 202 chances ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 11 runners caught stealing, including third with six in Big Ten play ... Set a new all-time record for career fielding percentage (.992) and finished fourth in caught stealing, both total (19) and percentage (.787) ... Hit safely in four of the five games at the Rosemont Rumble, ranking second the Big Ten with a .667 on base percentage on opening weekend due in part to a league-leading three hit by pitch ... Walked, singled and scored against UIC and threw out the only runner that tried to steal against her, then went 1-for-2 with two HBP, two runs and two RBI against Loyola ... Went 2-for-2 with the game-winning walk-off two-run ground-rule double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Illini to victory over Eastern Illinois ... Walked and drilled an RBI double against Central Michigan ... Got on base in all five games at the USF Tournament, with a hit in each of the final four. Tabbed a key RBI single in the Illini's 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh, and singled, walked and scored against Binghamton ... Singled in the bottom of the seventh against No. 1 Tennessee and threw out the only runner who tried to steal against her ... Singled and scored in the top of the fifth against UT Arlington to give the Illini a 2-1 lead ... Went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI against Western Michigan, then hit her first home run of the season against NDSU, adding an RBI single ... Was a triple shy of the cycle in game two of the Iowa series, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a solo home run ... Recorded three hits against No. 16 Missouri, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in game two ... Went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, while throwing out the only runner that tried to steal at Illinois State ... Had two hits in all four games on April 1-6, hitting three home runs, including one in each of the final two games against No. 20 Nebraska ... Homered in the Wisconsin series finale ... Hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh against No. 4 Michigan when the Illini trailed 6-5 ... Went 2-for-3 with a double against Penn State in the final regular-season game.
2013 - Junior: Made 39 appearances as a junior, starting 34 games ... Earned the starting catcher position on March 30 against Nebraska, starting behind the plate for 20 of the final 23 games of the season ... Hit .235 on the year with 19 hits, two doubles, 12 walks, 12 RBI and five runs in 81 at-bats ... Threw out seven of 37 runners attempting to steal off her ... Made just one error in 143 chances to earn the fifth-best single-season fielding percentage in Illini history (.993) ...Had an RBI single against Drake ...Went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI vs. Green Bay, and threw out a runner at second ... Had an RBI single and scored in the Illini's 4-1 victory over DePaul ... Hit a two-out, two-run double against Houston on Feb. 17 to put Illinois on top, 4-3 ... Had one of the Illini's four hits against No. 22 Washington ... Went 2-for-2 with a run against Providence, and threw out the leadoff batter stealing third in the top of the first ... Went 2-for-3 in the Illini's victory over No. 24 Nebraska, and threw out both runners who attempted to steal off her on the weekend ... 1-for-2 with a walk and a run in the Illini's 8-0 victory over Indiana ... Singled, walked and scored in the first game against Iowa ... Had an RBI in all three games of the Michigan State series, going 3-for-7 with a double, two walks and five RBI ...Registered her first career stolen base on April 28, following Bauch in a double steal ... Laid down the sacrifice bunt that moved the game-winning run into scoring position in the bottom of the seventh vs. Ohio State in the series finale, leading to a walk-off 1-0 victory ... Threw out a Penn State runner in the Big Ten Tournament.
2012 - Sophomore: Secured 18 hits, including two doubles and a home run, to go with 14 RBIs, seven walks and five runs scored over 40 appearances - making 26 starts combined between designated player and catcher ... Returned from a broken thumb against South Florida on Feb. 24, singling in her only at bat of the season ... Went 1-for-2 with a run-scoring single against Winthrop on Feb. 25 ... Knocked in a career-high five runs against Florida Atlantic on March 2 on a three-RBI double and two-run single which came in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and tied the contest. Mychko finished the game 3-for-5, her first collegiate three-hit performance ... Hit a two-out solo home run to put Illinois ahead, 7-6, against Florida Atlantic on March 4 as part of a 2-for-4, two-RBI, one run scored performance ... Went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks drawn against Providence on March 16 ... Successfully placed a squeeze bunt down in the fourth inning against Wisconsin in game one on April 15, adding a two-run single in the following frame for three RBIs on the game. Added an RBI-double and a run scored in the second contest of the day ... Totaled a pinch hit RBI-single on May 12 at Northwestern in her final at bat of the season.
2011 - Freshman: Saw time in 14 contests, making four starts as the designated player ... Tallied four hits, all singles, and drew one walk ... Made her first collegiate plate appearance against Baylor on Feb. 11 ... Earned her first collegiate hit, a single, and RBI as a pinch hitter against Temple on March 4 ... Followed her performance against Temple with a 1-for-2 game against Maryland on March 4 ... Tallied a single, her third hit of the season, during the second game of a doubleheader against Indiana on April 28 ... Earned a base knock as a pinch hitter against Northwestern on May 1.
High School: Four-time Fox Valley All-Conference Selection and Daily Herald, Northwest Herald and Courier News All-Area ... Two-time First Team All-State Illinois Coaches Association (2009-10) and Second Team All-State Illinois Coaches Association in 2008 ... 25th all-time in state history in average (.502) ... Slugged 49 doubles during her scholastic career, good for ninth in Illinois history ... Hit .531 with seven home runs, 13 doubles, 26 walks and 34 RBIs during senior season ... Participated in the Super-60 State and Daily Herald All-Star Games ... Led Huntley to Regional Championships in 2008-09 and its first-ever Conference Championships in 2008 ... Fox Valley Academic All-Conference ... Marine Corps Distinguished Female Athlete Award ... Member of high school honor roll all four years.
Personal:Born Oct. 10, 1991 ... Daughter of Eric and Connie ... Has two siblings, Amy and Jamie ... Father, Eric, played football at North Central College ... Majoring in Kinesiology, and working towards a teacher's certificate.
Getting to Know Jenna:
Biggest Sports Thrill: "Seventh-inning home run to lead Huntley to the Regional Championship."
Favorite Illini Athlete:Rashard Mendenhall
Favorite Pro Teams:Chicago Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks
Favorite Quote: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
Dream Job: Physical Therapist
Favorite Pre-Game Meal: Eggs
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy.