Illinois Needs Nine Innings To Beat Utah
March 20, 2003
Sacramento, Calif. - The comeback girls did it again. The Illini started the Capital Classic trailing 2-0 going into the sixth inning but mounted two runs in the final two innings to set up the eventual game winner in the ninth.
"This game today was probably one of the biggest wins we've had this year or in the past couple years maybe," Sullivan said. "There were just a lot of emotions out there, we came from behind, we had some tough calls, but everybody just stepped up and refused to lose."
In the extra innings, the Illini defense faced some sticky situations where Utah had multiple runners in scoring position but found always found a way out. Amanda Fortune improved to 9-2 on the season after going all nine innings allowing 6 hits and 2 runs.
In the bottom of the ninth, Rachelle Corriddi who was placed at second at the start of the inning due to international softball tie breaking rules, advanced to third on a groundout by Erin Jones. That's all that it took for Lindsey Hamma who found a bit of daylight and sent a high fly to center to score Corriddi for the game winner.
Hits were hard to come by as the Illini scored 3 runs on only 2 hits for the nine-inning contest. Jones broke up the no hit contest by Jen Pursell of Utah in the sixth inning when she singled in Sarah Baumgartner who reached on a walk. The other only Illini hit was registered by Jenna Hall who smashed a doubled to the left field gap in the seventh to score Lindsey Hamma and tie the game at 2-2.
Tomorrow, the Illini next will face Morehead State at 2:30 p.m. CST and No. 3 Washington at 5:00 p.m.