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
Huskers top Illini, 12-3, in five innings to close out the weekend
Illinois shut out the Tigers, 3-0, in game one, but a big fifth inning led UM to a 9-6 win in the nightcap
Eight-run fourth inning solidifies big victory
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
Illinois' home game against Eastern Illinois on April 9, 2013
2014 - Sophomore: Appeared in 36 games as a sophomore, starting all but one at third base ... Batted .195 with three doubles, a home runs, five walks, seven runs and 10 RBI ... Was perfect at the plate against Wright State, going 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored ... Followed that performance by going 1-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Illini past Pittsburgh, 2-0 ... Kept the hitting streak going the following night, going 1-for-2 with an HBP and two runs scored against Binghamton ... Turned a huge inning-ending double play in the fifth against No. 1 Tennessee to keep a leadoff double from crossing the plate ... Singled with one out in the top of the seventh when Illinois and USF were tied at 1-1, but was left stranded on third ... Had an RBI single against Creighton, then doubled in the tournament finale against UT Arlington ... Saw the ball extremely well against top pitcher Farish Beard, tabbing a hit, a walk and a sacrifice fly against No. 14 South Alabama on Mar. 9 ... Doubled and scored against Western Michigan ... Walked and ripped a two-run single against Omaha ... Recorded her fifth career sacrifice fly, driving in a key insurance run in Illinois' win over No. 16 Missouri ... Hit her first career home run in the final inning against No. 20 Nebraska ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Purdue in the 3-2 series finale victory.
2013 - Freshman: Appeared in 43 games as a freshman, making 31 starts ... Started the first 15 games at third base and returned to starting lineup at the beginning of conference play ... Settled in as the offensive partner to Jami Schkade's defense for the final 11 games of the year, during which she tallied seven htits and six RBI ... Hit .202 on the year with 22 hits, two triple, five walks, 11 RBI, four runs and three sacrifice flies ... Tied for sixth in the Big Ten and 80th in the nation with three sac flies and tied for the lead with two in conference play ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in triples (2) ... The Illini's best pinch hitter, going 4-for-10 off the bench ...Had an RBI against No. 1 Alabama in her first career appearance, coming all the way back from down 0-2 to draw a bases-loaded walk ... Went 2-for-3 with a triple, a run and an RBI vs. Green Bay ... Hit her second triple of the day against UNI, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI ... Tied the school record, set on Mar. 24, 2001, by Assistant Coach Katie O'Connell, tallying nine assists without an error against Houston on Feb. 15. Additionally, she reached base all four times in the game, with a hit and three walks ... Went 4-for-6 in her two starts at the Fighting Illini Invitational, reaching base all four times against Western Michigan ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Illini's victory over No. 24 Nebraska ... Had a key pinch hit single to right against Indiana on Apr. 21 ... Drove in the first run on a pinch hit single in game one at Iowa ... Went 2-for-2 with an RBI on April 27 at Michigan State ... Tabbed a key sacrifice fly at SIU ... Knocked in the game-winning run in both of the Illini's victories over Ohio State. After the first eight Illini batters were retired in game one, she collected the first hit of the game, then went 2-for-3 and helped the Illini take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. She then hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh in game three to secure a 1-0 victory in the regular-season finale.
High School:Three-time All-Comal County ... Two-time Express News All-Area Team selection ... 2010 Express NewsSuper Team selection ... Smithson Valley earned district titles during Repole's freshman, sophomore and junior seasons ... Batted .456 with five home runs, 36 RBIs and 13 stolen bases during her first year of softball at Smithson Valley ... Followed up her stellar freshman season by hitting .515 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a sophomore before connecting for a .502 batting average with six homers, 40 RBIs and 12 stolen bases as a junior ... Travel team, the Texas Bombers Gold, finished in second at the 2010 Colorado Independence Day Tournament and in the top-20 at the 2010 ASA Gold Nationals and 2011 Premiere Nationals ... Batted .462 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs during the 2011 summer season with the Texas Bombers Gold ... Three-time academic all-district honoree.
Personal:Nickname is "Crash" ... Born July 21, 1993 ... Daughter of Mary and Brian Repole ... Has a twin sister, Whitney, who plays softball for Iowa ... Chose Illinois over offers from powerhouse Pac-12 and Big 12 Conference programs in Texas, Oklahoma and Washington, in addition to other institutions ... Majoring in Sports Management.
Getting to Know Katie:
Favorite Food: Hot Wings, Salmon, or Ice Cream it is a toss up
Favorite Quote: "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they have been given, rather than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
Favorite Class You've Taken: Teen Leadership
Career Goals: Be a DI college coach and develop a camp for children with special needs
Fun Fact about you: I have twin sister who plays softball at Iowa
Secret talent: I am a good cook
Weirdest Quirk: When eating colored candies like M&Ms or skittles, I separate them into color piles, and eat them color-by-color.
Famous person you admire and why: Pat Summitt. She attacks life and sports with passion and sets a bar of excellence for women like me to chase. She has done more for women's sports than anyone I know. She has also shown me what it means to be a winner, but more importantly how it looks to have impeccable class and character.