Illinois, Penn State splits twinbill at Eichelberger Field
April 5, 2003
Urbana, Ill. - Illinois and Penn State split a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Eichelberger Field in Urbana. Illinois won the first game 6-0 with Penn State taking the second game, 2-0.
The Illini scored five runs in the third and one more in the fourth of the first game and had seven hits for the contest. Illinois sent ten players to the plate in the third. Sarah Baumgartner and LeeAnn Butcher singled, and Rachelle Coriddi walked to load the bases for Erin Jones. Jones delivered a base clearing triple off the right field fence to make it 3-0 Illinois.
One out later catcher Janna Sartini hit a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Illini a 5-0 lead. The home run for Sartini was her fifth of the season and 14th of her career. It also gave Illinois a new school record for home runs in a season with 21. It didn't take long for Illinois to add to that number as Baumgartner hit a long ball to the deepest part of the park in center field to make it 6-0 in the fourth.
The runs were more than enough for Amanda Fortune who delivered her sixth shutout of the season, scattering four hits, walking five and striking three. She improves to 15-5 on the season. Penn State's biggest threat came in the sixth when the Nittany Lions loaded the bases, but Fortune got Jackie Dabrowski to ground back to her in the circle to end the inning.
Illinois actually out-hit Penn State 6-5 in the second game. Karen Galigher's single that hit off Illinois pitcher Sherri Taylor's leg, with the bases loaded in the third made it 1-0 Penn State. The Lions got some insurance in the fifth when Destinie Chavez hit a solo home run to left.
The Illini had two base runners each in the fourth and fifth, but were unable to push the runners home. Only one of the two runs Taylor gave up was earned as she falls to 5-3 on the season. The players with multiple hits on the day for Illinois were Coriddi (2 for 6, 1 run), Sartini (2 for 5, 1 run, 2 RBI), Baumgartner (2 for 6, 2 runs, 1 RBI) and Butcher (3 for 6, RBI).
Illinois moves to 24-8 overall, 3-3 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 18-13, 2-2. The Illini host Ohio State for a doubleheader on Sunday.