Gay did not allow an earned run in back-to-back complete games on Senior Day
Illinois defeats Southern Illinois, 4-2, in eight innings for ninth-straight victory
The Illini scored 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings
The sophomore went 2-for-2 with a single, a 3-run homer and a sacrifice fly
Kylie Johnson went 5-for-8 with her first career triple
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 trip to the UNI Dome Tournament on Feb. 8-10, 2013
Photos from the Fighting Illini Softball team's annual Christmas Party
2012 - Freshman: Tallied 22 hits, including two doubles and a triple, while scoring 14 runs and driving in seven more ... Drew 13 walks and stole four bases ... Appeared in 52 contests while starting 47 games as Illinois' center fielder ... Made her collegiate debut against Massachusetts on Feb. 10, going 1-for-3 with a run scored ... Drew three walks and scored two runs against No. 25 Louisville on Feb. 10 ... Tallied her first hit as an Illini - a single - against Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 11. Also scored the only run of the game in the eighth inning, racing home from third on a wild pitch ... Connected for an RBI single against No. 10 Tennessee on Feb. 19 ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI against Massachusetts on Feb. 25 ... Tallied her first collegiate extra-base hit, a double, against New Mexico State on March 2 ... Finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and a two-RBI single the put Illinois ahead, 4-3, against Boston U. on March 16 ... Went 2-for-3 with her first collegiate triple, two RBIs and one run scored against Indiana State on March 28 ... Went 2-for-3 in each of the first two contests at No. 22 Michigan, also drawing a walk and scoring a run in the first game in the three-contest series ... Was 2-for-3 with an RBI against Penn State on May 5, her fifth multi-hit game of the season.
High School: Chicago Sun Times Player to Watch ... 2011 CSL North All-Conference, earning the award in each of her four seasons playing for Niles North ... 2010 First Team All-State, All-Area and All-Conference as the captain and MVP of Niles North ... 2009 Under Armour All-American Game ESPN RISE Invitee ... 2008 Adidas Future Invitee ... Led Niles North in batting average, RBIs, steals and on-base percentage in 2010 ... Batted .461 with 41 hits, 16 doubles, four triples and 27 runs scored in her sophomore year ... Followed with a .476 batting average to go with eight doubles, four home runs, 29 RBIs and 31 runs scored in her junior season ... Batted .361 for her club team, the Illinois Chill, in 2010 - notching 57 hits, scoring 34 runs and stealing 10 bases ... Led the Chill to a 43-17 record to qualify for ASA Gold Nationals ... Four-year Niles North High Honor Roll student ... Also a member of the Athletic Leadership Council and recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Junior Sportsman Award ... Received the Distinguished Athlete Award from the United States Marine Corps.
Personal:Born January 8, 1993 ... Daughter of Angela and Israel Sanchez ... Father was a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals ... Has two siblings, Natalie and Anthony ... Majoring in Community Health.
Favorite Athlete:Jessica Mendoza, because she never settles for anything and strives to become better.
Who most influenced your athletic career? "My parents, not once did they push me to do something I didn't want to do but they were always the first people to help when help was needed. They have been my mentors throughout the years and have never given up on me, which inspires me to continue on."
Favorite Athletic Teams: "Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks. All Chicago teams except for the White Sox!"
Favorite Pre-Game Meal: Pasta from Olive Garden
On Choosing Illinois: "I chose the University of Illinois because as soon as I stepped foot onto the campus I had a great feeling and I have always been one to trust my gut feeling. The campus is beautiful, there are so many different groups to get involved in and people to meet. I really enjoy the 'campus town' feeling, and how everyone is wrapped up in the sports."
Favorite Athletic Moment: Being invited to participate in the Under Armour ESPN RISE Game in Orlando, Fla.