Orange and Blue ranked 23rd in the nation in team GPA
Student-Athletes Honored for Earning GPAs of 3.7 or Higher, Including Seven 4.0 GPAs at Illinois
Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Sophomores earn first career All-Region honors
Illinois to face top-seeded No. 10 Michigan in Friday's Quarterfinal
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 - Sophomore: Appeared in 45 games, making 37 starts primarily in right field ... Led the Illini and ranked sixth in the Big Ten with a .383 batting average, slugging .470 with a .393 on base percentage ... Tallied 44 hits, four doubles, three triples, 20 runs and 14 RBI in 115 at-bats, adding 10 stolen bases ... Tops in the Big Ten with three triples during Big Ten play ... Led the Big Ten with four stolen bases on opening weekend, stealing a base in four of the five games ... Went 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter/designated player against Central Michigan, including a key RBI double in the sixth inning ... Singled as a pinch hitter against Pittsburgh ... Went 2-for-3 with a double in her start against FAU ... Drove in the game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh against No. 14 South Alabama ... Went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, three runs and a stolen base against Western Michigan ... Slugged an RBI triple in the Iowa series opener, then went 4-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base in game two ... Registered three hits against No. 16 Missouri, including going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in game two ... Doubled and scored at Illinois State ... Had four hits in the doubleheader against No. 20 Nebraska, ripping a two-run triple and scoring in the nightcap ... Went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI along with a run-saving catch in right field to help lead the Illini past Purdue, 3-2, in the series finale ... Singled and scored in game one, then went 4-for-6 with a run, an HBP and an RBI in the Saturday doubleheader against No. 4 Michigan ... Collected a hit in every Penn State game, including going 2-for-4 with a two-run triple, as well as stealing third and scoring in game two ... Went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt against Iowa to lead the Illini to the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals.
2013 - Freshman: Played in 47 of 49 games as a freshman, making 40 starts ... Hit .275 with 36 hits, a triple, 18 runs and seven RBI in 131 at-bats ... Registered 18 stolen bases, the second-most ever by an Illinois freshman, which ranked ninth in the Big Ten and ninth all-time at Illinois ... Did not record an error in 32 chances in the outfield ... Moved to leadoff on April 20 against Indiana, where she remained for the remainder of the season, hitting .314 (16-for-51) in that span with five runs and five RBI as the Illini finished the season 11-2 ...Hit .375 with six hits, two runs, two RBI and six SB at the UNI Dome Tournament ... Went 4-for-4 with a run and tied the school record with three stolen bases against North Dakota State ... Had a two-run single and scored a run against UNI, stealing two bases ... Had a hit in each of the final four games on the Houston Invite, scoring against DePaul and No. 6 Texas on Feb. 16 and tabbing two runs against Houston on Feb. 17 ... Extended her hitting streak to six games in Palm Springs, going 2-for-3 against No. 22 Washington, getting on base all three times in a game in which the Huskies only allowed five base runners ... Scored the Illini's only run in Palm Springs, singling and scoring against Oregon State ... Singled, stole second and third, and scored in the third inning against No. 19 Kentucky ... Went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases against Maine ... Hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored against Providence ... Walked, stole second and scored the Illini's lone run in the first game of the Wisconsin series ... After a 12-game drought, finally stole her 15th base of the season in the series opener against Indiana on April 20 ... Went 5-for-8 with two runs, three RBI and her first career triple to lead the Illini to a doubleheader sweep of Iowa on April 23 ... Had her third multi-hit game of the week on April 28 at Michigan State, going 2-for-5 with a stolen base ... Drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning at SIU ... Had five hits in the Ohio State series, going 2-for-4 with a run and a key RBI in game one, then went 3-for-3 in the series finale.
High School: MaxPreps.com First Team Underclassmen All-America ... 2012 Chicago Tribune Softball Player of the Year ... Also named the best softball player of the 2012 season by the Kankakee Daily Journal ... Two-time Chicago Tribune First Team All-State ... Two-time Kankakee Daily Journal First Team All-Area ... Three-time First Team All-Southland Conference ... Batted .675 with a .710 on-base percentage during the 2011 season at Kankakee, stealing 76 bases while scoring 67 runs and batting in 38 more ... Holds the Kankakee High School records for most hits, highest batting average, highest on-base percentage, most singles, longest hitting streak, most stolen bases and most runs scored ... Helped lead Kankakee to Southland Athletic Conference Championships in 2009-11 ... Hit .591 with 104 hits, including six doubles, while totaling 70 runs scored and 52 stolen bases during the 2011 summer season with Team Oak Stars 18U ... National Honor Society member ... Ranks second overall in a class of 383 students at Kankakee ... Kankakee Honor Roll award recipient during each semester.
Personal: Born October 19, 1993 ... Daughter of Carl and Kelli Johnson ... Has two older sisters, Lindsay and Alyssa ... Majoring in Kinesiology ... Chose the Fighting Illini over offers from DePaul, Western Illinois and Tulsa.
Getting to Know Kylie:
Favorite Athlete: Caitlin Lowe
Top 3-5 Most-Played Songs on your iTunes: "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes, "Home" by Phillip Phillips, "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz, "The World's Greatest" by R. Kelly.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Jimmy Johns
Secret talent: I can tumble.
Favorite Class You've Taken: Kin 122- Physical Activity and Health
Why Illinois? I absolutely love the environment here, has very high academic standards and nothing's better than the Big Ten.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why? Australia. It seems beautiful, perfect weather, and I love Australian accents.