Illinois drops two at Stanford Classic
March 24, 2005
Palo Alto, Calif. - Illinois had a tough day at the Stanford Classic Thursday. The Illini lost twice, falling to UNLV 12-2 in six innings and then dropping a 7-2 decision to Hawaii. The Illini fall to 13-10 on the season ahead of two games on Friday vs. sixth-ranked Stanford (5 p.m.) and St. Mary's (7 p.m.).
Illinois had trouble out of the gates in both games, giving up six runs in the first vs. UNLV and a four-spot in the first inning vs. Hawaii. The Illini gave up 22 hits and committed six errors on the day.
UNLV's Marissa Nichols was 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and five RBI. The Rebels backed up their six first-inning runs with four in the second. Koester scored both of Illinois' runs - on a wild pitch in the third and on a ground out in the fifth.
Things looked promising for Illinois vs. Hawaii. As the visiting team, the Illini manufactured a run to take a 1-0 lead. Rachelle Coriddi led off the game with a single to left field, stole her 13th base of the season and scored on a line single by Shanna Diller.
Hawaii, however, countered with four in the bottom of the inning on three singles, a walk, and an Illinois error. Illinois responded again when sophomore Molly Lawhead's double off the right field wall scored Kisten Martin from first base. Illinois threatened in the fifth putting runners on second and third with one out, but failed to capitalize. Senior Julie Balicki doubled in the inning.
The Wahine got some clutch hits to put the game away, scoring on a two-out single from Ashley Ruff in the third inning, then scoring two more on a two-out, two run single from Tracie Uchima in the sixth.