Illini bats come alive
April 10, 2004
West Lafayette, Ind. - The Illini pounded out 13 hits in completing a two-game sweep of the Purdue Boilermakers, 7-4 Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. Illinois moves into a tie for third in the Big Ten at 4-2 and 26-14-1 overall. Purdue falls to 23-15 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Erin Jones, who had three hits on Friday, continued her hot hitting, by going 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and an RBI. Erin Montgomery went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while LeeAnn Butcher was 3-for-4 with and RBI on the day as well.
Amanda Fortune was brilliant on the mound, allowing just four hits on the day and just two after the first inning. Purdue's DaQueta Johnson tagged Fortune for a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. After the first, Fortune retired 19 of the final 22 batters she faced.
Illinois dominated the remaining innings of the game, scoring two in the first, one in the third, and four in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead.
Jenna Hall belted her fourth home run of the year to the deepest part of the ballpark in center field, making it 3-2.
The Illini manufactured its third run of the game in the third to tie it at 3-3. Erin Montgomery led off with a line drive single and advanced to second a on an error by the Purdue left fielder. Erin Jones beat out an infield single placing runners on first and third. LeeAnn Butcher beat out an infield single, scoring Montgomery from third.
Illinois broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning with three extra base hits. Lindsey Hamma pounded a two-run double to left center, scoring Sarah Baumgartner and Rachelle Coriddi. One out later, Montgomery found the left-center gap for double, scoring Hamma from second. Jones pulled a pitch to right-center, sliding underneath the tag for triple as Montgomery motored home from second.
Purdue got one run back on a solo home run by Tricia Lilley, but that was not enough. Illinois tries to keep the momentum going with an Easter Sunday doubleheader at Indiana started at noon.