Senior centerfielder LeeAnn Butcher combined for three hits and one RBI on the second day of the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas
Feb. 6, 2005
(Waco, TX)- #22 Illinois dropped both games on the second day of play at the Getterman Classic. The Fighting Illini matched hits (9-9) with the ULM Indians but lost the first game 5-8. The second game pitted the Illini against #17 Baylor Bears for the second time in tournament play but again the Bears came out on top 3-1.
In the first game the Illini jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but it was not enough to break the Indians. Five runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning and three in the following fifth capped off a nine hit game for the Indians.
The Illini fought back in the top of the sixth capitalizing on an ULM error by adding two more runs to close the gap 5-8. With runners on second and third leadoff hitter Rachelle Coriddi singled to centerfield driving in the two RBI.
All three pitchers were used in the outing with relieving pitcher Jackelyn Diekemper (0-2) taking the loss.
The second game was a chance for the Illini to hand hosting team Baylor their first loss of the tournament.
The Illini tied the game up (1-1) in the top of the third when number nine batter Molly Lawhead leadoff with a triple to right center. LeeAnn Butcher followed with a single to centerfield scoring Lawhead.
Baylor answered back by capitalizing in the bottom of the inning when a hit batter and wild pitch enabled the Bears to push two runs on one hit across the plate making it 3-1 Baylor.
The two run lead was enough for Baylor pitcher Lisa Ferguson, who only allowed one more Illinois hit in the remaining 3.5 innings.
Starting pitcher Claire DeVreese took her first loss of the season (1-1).
Illinois returns to action tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 9:00a.m. CT against ULM and 11:00a.m. CT against Centenary.