Shanna Diller drove home Illinois' run with a double in the first inning.
April 2, 2005
Evanston, Ill. - Northwestern used a four-run fifth inning en route to a 4-1 victory over Illinois Saturday afternoon at Drysdale Field. The Illini, who had defeated the Wildcats 5-3 last weekend in Stanford, could manage just three hits in the two-game series to start the Big Ten season.
On Friday, Eileen Canney tossed a five-inning perfect game in a 10-0 Northwestern victory. On Saturday junior Courtnay Foster allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out 11.
The Illini drew first blood in the contest in the first inning. Rachelle Coriddi walked to lead off the inning. LeeAnn Butcher sacrificed her second. Freshman Shanna Diller ripped a double into the gap in left-center field to make it 1-0 Illinois.
Darcy Sengewald led off the Wildcat fifth with a single up the middle. Katie Logan beat out an infield single and Stephanie Churchwell reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with nobody out. Illinois pitcher Mary Miller (10-7) struck out one of the top hitters in the conference Erin Mobley, but Garland Copper and Jamie Dotson followed with back-to-back doubles to account for the Northwestern scoring.
After the first inning, Foster settled down, retiring 13 straight batters until Rachelle Coriddi led off the sixth inning with a bunt single.