Illinois sweeps games at Speedline Invite on Sunday
March 9, 2003
Plant City, Fla. - Illinois ended its busiest weekend of the year with two softball victories on the final day of the Speedline Tournament in Plant City, Fla. The Illini defeated No. 21 Massachusetts, 6-4, and blanked Mississippi, 4-0 to finish the weekend with four victories and three defeats. Illinois is now 12-4 on the season.
Freshman Rachelle Corridi completed a big weekend by going 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI vs. UMass, and 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Ole Miss. For the weekend Corridi was 13-for-27 with six runs scored, nine RBI and six stolen bases in seven attempts.
The Illini had to come from behind to defeat UMass, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Amanda Fortune struck out six in improving her record to 6-2 on the season. Sarah Baumgartner went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
After spotting UMass a 1-0 lead, the Illini tied the score when Corridi singled home Baumgartner in the bottom of the second.
Fortune retired 10 batters in a row, but gave up an unearned run in the top of the sixth to make it 2-1 Massachusetts. Illinois exploded for five runs on four hits while taking advantage of three UMass errors in the bottom of the sixth.
Baumgartner drove home the game tying and lead runs with a single to center, plating both Katie O'Connell and Bridget Pluta. After Baumgartner scored on an error, Erin Jones finished the rally with a two run triple down the left field line. Fortune had to work out of a jam but sealed the win by striking out the final batter after giving up two runs in the top of the seventh.
Jackelyn Diekemper recorded the win over Mississippi, blanking the Rebels on five hits while striking out three in five innings of work. Erin Montgomery was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. She hit her second home run of the weekend, a two-run shot in the seventh inning. O'Connell was 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Illinois scored one run in the third and three more in the seventh. Corridi drove home Baumgartner with a single to center to account for the Illini's run in the third. The Illini added an unearned run after Montgomery's home run in the seventh.
Illinois is off until playing at Illinois State for a doubleheader on March 18.