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    Sherri Taylor
    8 Sherri Taylor
    Stockton, Calif.

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    2004 Highlights
    • Compiled a 1.73 ERA in 137.1 innings for the Illini. She allowed 133hits and walked 47 while striking out 98. • Threw complete-game shutouts six times, including a 10-inning six-hitter against Wisconsin in which she struck out seven and walked one. • Struck out a career-high 11 in a five-inning complete game against Centenary.

    2003 Highlights:
    • Pitched her best softball during the final two weeks of the season • Tossed a two-hit shutout in Big Ten Tournament vs. Minnesota • Gave up just one run in 10 innings against No. 6 DePaul, striking out 8 • Tossed the Illini's first ever perfect game, striking out nine in five innings against Valparaiso on April 29 • Tossed a nine-inning shutout in 2-0 win over Michigan State • Gave up just 18 extra base hits in 128.0 innings pitched • Team leader in strikeouts per game (4.70).

    2002 Highlights:
    • Emerged as the team's no. 2 starter in the fall • Since Amanda Fortune's injury, assumed the role, not only as the Illini's ace, but its workhorse • Earned the Illini's Pitcher of the Year award • Gave up just four earned runs in 26.2 innings pitched, tossing every inning of the games at Minnesota and Wisconsin in the first Big Ten weekend of the year • Posted a career-high nine strikeouts vs. the Badgers on Easter Sunday • Ranked third in the Big Ten in innings pitched (225.1) • Posted a 20-18 record with a 1.99 ERA • Tied for the Big Ten lead with 34 starts.

    2001 Highlights:
    • Appeared in 10 games for a total of 15.2 innings pitched • Did not allow a run in eight of her 10 appearances • Made relief appearances in three Big Ten games -- Michigan, Penn State, and Ohio State • Shut out Florida A&M for three innings on Feb. 24 • Came in relief in fall exhibition game vs. Kankakee and retired all 11 batters she faced in recording the victory • Played for California Grapettes (coached by Denny Gomes), who placed fourth at the 2001 18U Nationals in Salem, Va.

    High School:
    Played for the California Grapettes club team for 11 years • Pitched four perfect games in '98 for Grapettes Club Team qualified for the 1995 NSA World Series in Jupiter, Fla., and the 1997 NSA World Series in Chattanooga, Tenn. • Two-time First Team All-San Joaquin Athletic Association honoree • Lincoln won the SJAA title in 1998 and placed second in 1999 • Played for her mother, Debbie, on the California Grapettes Gold Team • Coached by Brandi Phillips in high school and Bob Harmon, Tom Dallas, and Ron Ervin in club ball • Voted the Best Defensive Player as a point guard on an undefeated and conference championship basketball team in 1998.

    Enjoys shopping, sewing, anything to do with fashion, making scrapbooks, and reading • Born on Oct. 6, 1982 • Daughter of Roy and Debbie Taylor • Has three older sisters: Shelly, Sheila & Stacey and four nephews: Anthony, Tyler, Aaron, & Matthew • Majoring in consumer and textile marketing • Member of the board of the Textile & Apparel group on campus.

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