Illinois loses to Florida in Cox Communications Tournament

Sherri Taylor's strong relief performance comes up short in Florida.
Sherri Taylor's strong relief performance comes up short in Florida.

Feb. 21, 2003

Final Stats

Gainesville, Fla. - Jenny Gladding wasn't in the mood to let the Illini have anymore fun. The Florida pitcher put the claps on the Illini only allowing two hits while striking out eight in going the distance. This was the first loss for the Illini this season and wasn't one they wanted to experience.

The Illini who had been superior offensively so far this season couldn't get anything going. "We faced a big challenge today (Florida)," Sullivan said. "Especially with a pitcher of Gladding's ability, to be successful you have to be an aggressive hitter instead of being a passive hitter."

Illini got behind early in the game starting in the first inning when starting pitcher Jackelyn Diekemper allowed two runs on three hits. Sherri Taylor relieved Diekemper in the second inning and really controlled the game. "A positive from this game was Sherri in her relief performance," Sullivan said. "She really held them down until the sixth, but we just couldn't get the offensive game going."

Jenna Hall and LeeAnn Butcher were the lone two Illini who notched hits in the game.

Illinois will face Oakland Saturday at 11 a.m. (Est.) and then will face Oakland again in the evening TBA in the 2-3 matchup. Oakland is 1-1 on the season. Both of their games on the season have been in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Georgia Tech and a 3-1 loss to Florida.