Illini had four extra-base hits but struggled with runners on
Katie Repole and Kylie Johnson each had two hits and an RBI
Illinois and Ohio State are tied for sixth place in the Big Ten standings
Illinois defeats Southern Illinois, 4-2, in eight innings for ninth-straight victory
Illini win third-straight series and extends winning streak to eight games
Photos from the Illini's 5-4 extra-innings victory over Indiana on April 20, 2013.
Photos from Illinois' game vs. Wisconsin on March 23, 2013
Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.
Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
Photos from the Illini's trip to the UNI Dome Tournament on Feb. 8-10, 2013
2012 - Freshman: Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (4/30) ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (4/30)...Batted .275 (41-for-149) in her first season of collegiate softball, connecting on 10 doubles - tied for the team lead - and three homers while scoring the most runs of any Illini, 26, and driving in 15 more ... Slugged .403 while reaching base 36.6 percent of the time ... Drew 20 walks, stole two bases and was struck by a pair of pitches ... Appeared in 52 contests, making 50 starts split between right field, the designated player role and third base ... Made her college debut against Massachusetts on Feb. 10, going 1-for-3 with a run scored ... Showed plate discipline to earn her first collegiate RBI, walking with the bases loaded against No. 25 Louisville on Feb. 10 ... Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI-double against Michigan State on Feb. 11 ... Batted 4-for-9 (.444) at the Texas Invitational, including going 2-for-4 with a run and RBI vs. No. 10 Tennessee All-American pitcher Ellen Renfroe on Feb. 19 ... Paced the Illini with a .429 batting average at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, including a 3-for-4, one-run performance against Boston U ... Had two hits in three at bats while scoring one run and drawing a walk at UNLV on March 3 ... Totaled her second three-hit game of the year, while notching two doubles and scoring two runs, as part of Illinois' six-run comeback victory over Florida Atlantic, 7-6, on March 4 ... Finished 1-for-3 with her fourth double of the year, one walk and a run scored against Minnesota on March 25 ... Went 1-for-1 with a run scored and a pair of walks at Iowa on March 31 ... Earned the first home run of her collegiate career at Eastern Illinois on April 12, tying the contest at 1-1 in the sixth inning with the long ball. Also contributed a double and a walk to the winning effort while scoring two runs ... Was 2-for-3 with a double in an April 14 game vs. Wisconsin, adding a pair of runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader on April 15 on two walks drawn ... Recorded her ninth RBI of the season on a single down the right field line against Western Illinois, also scoring a run ... Doubled in a run during the second half of Illinois' April 21st doubleheader with Purdue, tying her with Kelley Wedel for the most doubles on the squad ... Named Big Ten Co-Player and Freshman of the Week on April 30 thanks in part to a .455 (5-for-11) weekend against the Michigan pitching staff, including a double and a homer to go with three RBIs and three runs scored - slugging .818 against the Wolverines ... Knocked a two out, three-run home run to left-center field in the eighth innings at No. 22 Michigan on April 28, as part of a two-hit effort ... Capped the series at No. 22 Michigan with a 3-for-3 performance, including her team-leading 10th double of the season, while scoring both of Illinois' runs in the 2-0 win ... Went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during game one at Northwestern on May 11, her third home run of the season ... Tallied an RBI-single during the second contest of a May 11 doubleheader at Northwestern.
High School: 2011 all-state and all-conference ... 2011 Chicago Sun Times, Southtown Star and Orland Prarie All-Area honoree ... Earned all-state accolades after leading Carl Sandburg to a 39-2 record and the 2010 Class 4A State Championship in addition to a 2008 Conference Championship ... Totaled 125 RBIs to go with 39 doubles, seven triples and 16 home runs at Carl Sandburg while lettering all four seasons ... Tallied a .380 batting average to go with nine doubles, five home runs, a triple and 30 RBIs during her junior year at Carl Sandburg ... Earned team MVP after finishing 2011 with a .441 batting average (49-for-111) and .496 on-base percentage with 13 doubles, six home runs, 22 runs scored and 42 RBIs ... Led her club team, the Orland Park A's, to a ninth place finish a ASA Nationals out of 129 participating teams ... Three-time Sparks Exposure Tournament MVP ... Two-time Homer Hawk Tournament MVP ... Carl Sandburg Academic Scholar and Student Council Member ... Played in the Chicago Tribune/Chicago Bandits All-Star Game ... Volunteer softball coach for Century Junior High School.
Personal: Daughter of John and Carol Perkins ... Born February 10, 1993 ... Participated in Carl Sandburg Student Council and Culinary Club and was also an academic scholar all four years ... Volunteered with Erin's AAIM for Change 5k Run ... Openly set her goal to play Division-I softball during a freshman year English assignment at Carl Sandburg, completing it with her decision to play at the University of Illinois ... Majoring in Communications.
On Choosing Illinois: "I fell in love with the campus and what the school has to offer. Illinois' athletic and academic reputation made it an easy choice for me."
Favorite Athletic Moment: Winning the 4A State Championship at Carl Sandburg
Favorite Book:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Dream Job: Police Officer
Favorite Movies: Bridesmaids, The Proposal and Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
Favorite Athletic Teams: Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks and Bears