The Illini defeated Binghamton, 15-2, but fell to the top-ranked Lady Vols, 10-0
Sanchez came through with a game-tying two-out RBI in the sixth
Illinois opens season with a 7-0 record for first time ever
Brandi Needham improves to 3-0 with her first complete game victory
Illinois defeats Eastern Illinois, 4-2, in eight innings
Photos from the Illini's 5-4 extra-innings victory over Indiana on April 20, 2013.
Illinois' home game against Eastern Illinois on April 9, 2013
Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.
Photos from the third day of the UNI Dome Tournament, Feb. 10, 2013, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Photos from the Fighting Illini Softball team's annual Christmas Party
2013 - Junior:Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Academic All-Big Ten... NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... 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: Big Ten Player of the Week (3/5) ... Academic All-Big Ten...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.
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.