Illini split twinbill with Michigan State
March 30, 2003
East Lansing, Mich. - Erin Montgomery's two run home run in the bottom of the ninth salvaged a split for Illinois in a doubleheader with Michigan State on Sunday. The long-ball gave Illinois a 2-0 win over the Spartans in the second game of the twinbill.
Sherri Taylor went the distance and gave up just five hits, one hit after the fourth inning to pick up the win and improve her record to 5-2 on the season. For Montgomery it completes a solid week in which she had eight RBI in six games. Katie O'Connell had two of Illinois' six hits in the game. The Illini managed just ten hits for the twinbill.
Michigan State freshman Elizabeth Peterson won Saturday's game with Northwestern with a grand slam home run. Sunday Peterson provided all the offense in the Spartans' 3-0 win over Illinois in the first game of the doubleheader.
Peterson hit two home runs, one to each field - a solo shot to left field in the first and a two-run blast to right field in the second against the Illini's Amanda Fortune (12-5). Michigan State's Jessica Beech allowed just four hits - two to Illinois' Erin Jones, who doubled in the first and singled in the third and two to Sarah Baumgartner who singled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh.
Down 3-0 in the top of the seventh, the Illini brought the tying run to the plate after Erin Montgomery walked and Baumgartner doubled to right, but were unable to score against Beech (15-3). Michigan State had eight hits in the opening game. MSU's Tiffany Wallace was 3-for-3 with a double.
Illinois moves to 21-7 overall, 2-2 in the Big Ten with the split on Sunday.