Erin Montgomery
Erin Montgomery

Casey, Ill.

High School:





• Solidified her place as the best power hitter in Illini history, leading the career list in home runs (24) and doubles (52), and sitting in second with seven triples.

2004 Highlights:
• Was Illinois' 2004 co-leader with Jenna Hall and Katie O'Connell in doubles (11) and second to Jenna Hall in home runs (5) total bases (92) and slugging percentage (.376).
• Led the Illini in its two-game series against Michigan, hitting .600 with a 1.200 slugging percentage. She hit a two-run homer to tie the second game at 2, a game Illinois went on to win.
• Hit a solo home run off Oklahoma's All-American pitcher Kami Keiter at the Kia Classic.
• Hit a two-run home run vs. the U.S. Olympic Team pitcher Lisa Fernandez in the Illini's 3-2 loss to United States in Clearwater, Fla.

2003 Highlights:
• Along with Jenna Hall, shared team's Slugger Award • Shattered the Illinois single-season home run record with 12, second most is Janna Sartini with six. Her 12 home runs rank third in the Big Ten • Hit the longest home run in Eichelberger Field history on April 29, clearing the scoreboard. That was one of two homers she had on the night • Has more extra base hits (27--15 2B, 12 HR) than singles (19), which gives her a slugging percentage of .614 • Batted .283 with four doubles and four home runs in Big Ten play. • Led the team in RBI (35), while ranking second in career RBI (85).

2002 Highlights:
• Fixture in left field, known for her diving catches • Hit home run to help Illini win at Minnesota • Was 4-for-6 with three RBI and a run scored vs. Purdue • Went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored vs. EIU • Went three straight games without a hit just twice • Led the team with two triples • Ranked second on the team with nine sacrifices • Hit first of back-to-back home runs in Illini's upset of Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament • Started 48 games, 41 in left field and seven at designated player • Hit two doubles vs. North Carolina A&T.

2001 Highlights:
• Named Second-Team All-Big Ten • Winner of Illinois team Hustle Award • Led the Big Ten in runs scored (38), while also appearing in the Big Ten rankings -- in doubles (second, 16), total bases (fifth, 87), RBI (10th, 30), and slugging pct. (14th, .435) • After catching in high school, made the transition to the outfield • Made a diving catch to preserve Kathryn Nevard's no-hitter • Was the Illinois lead-off hitter in 66 of 72 games • Led the team in runs scored with 40 and tied for the lead in home runs with four • Led the team in doubles (17) • Hit a home run in a 2-1 win over Minnesota • Chosen to play on the Chicago White Sox All-Star team who played the WPSL Gold (Olympic team) as well as the WPSL (Professional team) • Faced Lisa Fernandez as well as met the rest of the team.

High School:
• Member of 1999 and 2000 Illinois Class A State Championship team • Selected to 2000 all-state tournament team • Named 2000 Decatur Herald & Review Player of the Year • 2000 Super 60 participant and champion • Received 1999-2000 Scoville S. Grothuis Award for best athlete of the year in high school • Batted .431 in 1999 with 13 doubles, 12 triples and 47 runs batted in • 1999 IHSA state hitting derby finalist • Named to second team all-state by SAWA Report • Named NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete in 1997 and 1998 • Member of Casey Chaos club team that won 1996 NSA National Championship • Also lettered in volleyball • Coached by Denny Throneburg at Casey and Throneburg and Dave Shawver for the Casey Chaos.

• Born Jan. 4, 1982 • Parents are James and Beverly Montgomery •Class officer and student council member • Enjoys being with friends and animals outside of softball • Majoring in kinesiology • Plans on pursuing a career in teaching physical education and coaching.