Six rookies excel in their first year in the classroom
Illinois is 18-6 all-time against the Golden Gophers
The Illini are 14-1 all-time against the neighboring Panthers
The Illini will play their first road Big Ten series in Evanston this weekend
Illini limited to two hits in the game
May 5th vs. Ohio State
Illinois' home game against Eastern Illinois on April 9, 2013
Photos from the third day of the UNI Dome Tournament, Feb. 10, 2013, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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
Career Achievements:Played in 108 games over four seasons as an Illini catcher, making 85 career starts ... Ranked third all-time among Illinois catchers with 27 runners caught stealing and second with a career .748 stolen bases against percentage (80-107) ... Retires ranked eighth all-time with a .984 fielding percentage, 10th with 456 putouts and 14th with 505 fielding chances.
2013 - Senior:Academic All-Big Ten... NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... Made 20 appearances as a senior, starting 13 games at catcher ... Had a single, a triple, a run, an RBI, two walks and two sacrifice bunts in 24 at-bats ... Threw out four runners stealing and participated in two double plays ...Smashed an RBI triple to left field vs. North Dakota State ...Threw out a Washington runner stealing second for her first CS of the season ...Caught two runners stealing at the USF invite, throwing out the first USF runner of the game and catching a Toledo runner attempting to go from first to third on a walk for the final out of the fourth inning.
2012 - Junior: Academic All-Big Ten... Tallied 16 hits on the year, including a double and a homer, while driving in nine runs and scoring four more ... Started behind the plate for the Illini, earning a .981 fielding percentage with 279 putouts and 27 assists in 312 chances ... Played in 50 contests, making 49 starts ... Finished first in the Big Ten with 17 runners caught stealing on the season, three more than the second-place finisher, Minnesota's Kari Dorle ... Earned her first hit of the season against Florida International on Feb. 12, a single to shortstop ... Was 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk against No. 10 Tennessee on Feb. 17 ... Remained patient at the plate against Massachusetts, drawing a bases-loaded walk to earn an RBI in the eventual 4-2 victory on Feb. 25 ... Totaled a career-high three RBIs against Indiana State on March 28, finishing 1-for-2 while also scoring one run ... Knocked a double to right-center against Iowa on April 1, her first extra-base hit of the season ... Stopped the eventual scoring run from crossing the plate against Eastern Illinois with a successful block and tag at home, allowing the Illini the opportunity to go on to win 4-1 on the road on April 12 ... Secured her first collegiate multi-hit game against Western Illinois, going 2-for-3 with two run-scoring singles on April 17 ... Finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI on a solo home run against No. 22 Michigan on April 29, the first homer of her career ... Tallied an RBI-single in the season finale at Northwestern on May 12.
2011 - Sophomore: Academic All-Big Ten ... Saw time in 23 games, making 12 starts in her second season with the Illini ... Totaled her first base hit against San Jose State on March 19, also drawing a walk and scoring a run on the game ... Hit an RBI-single during the second game of a doubleheader at Iowa on May 4 ... Earned a .991 fielding percentage on the season, only making one error in 108 chances.
2010 - Freshman: Started 11 of the 15 games she played in ... Earned six hits, four walks and one hit-by-pitch in 26 at bats for a .355 on-base percentage ... Knocked in four runs and scored three more ... Went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored against Long Beach State on Feb. 13 ... Was 1-for-1 with a single and an RBI as a pinch-hitter against Northwestern on April 3.
High School: Batted .426 at Bishop Alemany for coach Regina Hernandez ... First team All-Mission League as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior ... All-area honorable mention in 2008 and 2009 ... Led Bishop Alemany to the CIF Division IV quarterfinals for three consecutive seasons ... Participant in Daily News All-Star Game ... Earned four letters in softball and one letter in cheerleading ... Four-year scholar athlete ... Played travel ball for the So Cal Mayhem and So Cal Diamonds.
Personal: Born Nov. 4, 1991 ... Daughter of Roger and Lisa Cuevas ... Has a younger sister, Alyssa ... Majoring in Community Health.
Getting to Know Stephanie:
Favorite Athlete: Russell Martin
Favorite Quote: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great." - A League of Their Own
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Favorite Movie: Billy Madison
Favorite TV Show: 90210
Favorite Singer: Taylor Swift
Dream Job: Physical therapist to pro athletes
Who Most Influenced Your Athletic Career? "My dad, because he was always there to push me, believe in me and drive me at 5 a.m. to tournaments. He's the best coach I've ever had."
Why Illinois? "The chance to play the game I love in a competitive conference at a school with tons of school spirit."
What I've learned from Coach Sullivan: "To set a goal each time I hit the field."