Illinois battles back, falls short of Indiana
April 9, 2005
Urbana, Ill. - Rachelle Coriddi set the Illinois all-time stolen base record Saturday at Eichelberger Field. The junior stole two bases in the Illini's game with Indiana, giving her 57 for her career, surpassing Lindsey Hamma for the all-time Illini record. As far as the game, Illinois rallied twice, but couldn't get over the hump in a 3-2 setback to the visiting Hoosiers.
"Rachelle is a true hard-nosed competitor," said Illinois Head Coach Terri Sullivan. "We knew when we recruited her that her speed was something we would be able to take advantage of. She also has the ability to be a run producer, which makes her a big threat at the top of our line-up."
Illinois once again found hits hard to come by with only four on the day, but still found themselves with a chance to win at the end.
Indiana center fielder Kim Richards led off the game with a solo home run to left center. The Illini tied the game with a run in the fourth inning as pinch hitter Jackelyn Diekemper (2-for-2) drove in Shanna Diller with a single to center field.
A pair of Illinois fielding errors in the bottom of the fourth gave Indiana a chance to break back on top, which is what they did with two runs on just two hits.
Mary Miller looked sharp in relief. Miller inherited a second and third and no out situation, but struck out two batters and got another to ground out to third to keep it a 3-1 game and give her teammates a chance to again battle back.
The Illini used Coriddi's skills to perfection in the fifth. The junior single to right field, stole second and third and scored on a ground out to the shortstop off the bat of LeeAnn Butcher.
Illinois rallied again in the sixth. Jenna Hall walked and Diekemper singled, putting runners at first and second and outs, but was unable to score the tying run.
Illini pitchers Claire DeVreese and Miller combined to give up just five hits while striking out five on the day.
Illinois (17-17, 0-6 in the Big Ten) plays a doubleheader Sunday afternoon with Purdue (26-13), a 3-2 winner of Iowa on Saturday. Indiana (12-25, 2-2) plays to at Iowa tomorrow.