Allie Bauch was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI
The Illini defeated Binghamton, 15-2, but fell to the top-ranked Lady Vols, 10-0
Illinois opens season with a 7-0 record for first time ever
Brandi Needham improves to 3-0 with her first complete game victory
Brittany Sanchez came through with three 2-out RBI to lead Illinois to victory
High School: First-team all-state 2013 ... Second-team all-state 2011, 2012 ... Four-time GCAC All-Conference ... Chicago Sun-Times Top 35 Players to Watch 2011 ... Chicago Sun-Times Top 100 Softball Players 2011 ... Chicago Tribune all-state honorable mention 2010 ... Helped lead Trinity High to a second place state 3A finish in 2010, to regional championships in 2011 and 2013, and to a section championship in 2012 ... Finished high school with 47 career home runs ... Played travel ball for Illinois Chill, who finished second in Chicago Metro in 2012, first at the 2013 Queen of Diamonds Tournament and second at the 2013 Chicagoland PGF qualifier.
Personal: Born Nicole Priscilla Evans ... Daughter of Penny and Dave Weinstein, and Kevin and Nancy Evans ... Has two younger siblings, Merrick and Jared ... Father, Kevin Evans, played basketball at Marycrest College, and step-father Dave Weinstein played Tennis at Illinois in 1978 ... Trinity High School Salutatorian ... Illinois State Scholar ... President's Award for Academic Excellence ... Spanish Award 2013 ... Trinity High Third in Class Scholarship 2012 ... English Award 2012 ... Trinity High Second in Class Scholarship 2011 ... Chemistry Award 2011 ... Trinity High Blazer Award 2010 ... First Full Honors 2010, 2011, 2012 ... Student of the Year 2010, 2011 ... Majoring in Kinesiology.
Career Plans: Sports medicine doctor or physical therapist
Fun Fact: My mom's name is Penny so my team calls me Nickel
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: Rigatoni's
Favorite Midnight Snack: Mango
Three things on your "bucket list": Surf, volunteer in another country, meet the President
What are you most proud of and why? Being second in my class, because it took a lot to balance softball with school.
Favorite Quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is we are powerful beyond measure."
Weirdest Quirk: I am a neat freak
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Paris; it has always been my dream.
Secret talent: I've been told I am a decent singer.