Illinois, Bradley split twinbill

Erin Montgomery hit a two-run home run in the first game of the doubleheader
Erin Montgomery hit a two-run home run in the first game of the doubleheader

April 6, 2004

Peoria, Ill. - Illinois and Bradley split a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Peoria. The Illini won the first game, 7-2, while the home standing Braves rebounded with a 4-1 comeback win in game two.

Illinois (24-14-1) pounded out 12 hits in the first game. Erin Montgomery hit her fourth home run of the year and 21st of her career and drove in an insurance run in the seventh to pace the Illini attack offensively. Montgomery was 3-for-6 on the day with three RBI. Jackelyn Diekemper pitched the final four innings in relief to improve to 2-0 on the season. Diekemper allowed just two hits on the day.

Bradley's Joanna Petit answered Montgomery's two-run homer in the top of the second with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning. The Braves tied the game in the third on a single to center from Brittany Mynesberg.

Illinois responded with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the seventh. Rachelle Coriddi, Kisten Martin, Janna Sartini, and LeeAnn Butcher all went 2-for-4 in the game. Butcher added stolen bases number 12 and 13 on the year, while Martin drove home two runs as well.

The Illini scored an unearned run in the fourth when the Bradley left fielder misplayed Janna Sartini's single, allowing Montgomery to score from second. The fifth-inning rallied started when Erin Jones singled over the center fielder's head. Lee Ann Butcher singled to left and stole second putting runners at second and third. Kisten Martin drove home Jones with a single up the middle, and Butcher scored on a throwing error. Illinois all but put the game away with two more runs in the seventh inning. Jenna Hall doubled to lead off the inning and Martin and Montgomery delivered RBI singles.

Megan Huitink got the start at pitcher for Illinois in the second game and gave up five hits and no runs in 4 1/3 innings. Illinois couldn't carry the momentum from the first contest offensively, managing just five hits while committing two errors in the second game. The Illini manufactured their only run in the fifth inning. A pair of walks, two sacrifices, and an RBI single to center from Lindsey Hamma put Illinois up 1-0.

Bradley (19-17) tied the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth off of Amanda Fortune, then won it with a three-run walk off home run from Elizabeth Wilson in the bottom of the seventh.

Illinois takes a 2-2 Big Ten record into a four-game conference weekend this weekend. The Illini play at Purdue (Friday and Saturday) and Indiana (DH, Sunday) before returning home April 14 for an exhibition game with Parkland College.