Katie O'Connell's double scored LeeAnn Butcher from first to lift Illinois over DePaul 3-2 Wednesday.
April 21, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Illinois won its 30th game of the season on Wednesday with a 3-2, 11-inning victory over DePaul. The Illini led the second game 5-0, but the game was called in the fourth inning due to darkness and will not count toward either team's record. Illinois stands 30-15-1 on the season. DePaul falls to 19-20-1.
In the opener Katie O'Connell's one-out double in the 11th scored LeeAnn Butcher from first for the game winner. The Illini out-hit the Blue Demons 13-11, and the teams combined to leave 22 runners on base.
Lindsey Hamma led off the game with a solo home run to left field, putting the Illini ahead 1-0. DePaul responded with two runs in the bottom of the first on a double from Saskia Roberson as DePaul took a 2-1 lead. But that was all the scoring DePaul would do on the day.
Both teams had multiple chances to score the rest of the way. The Illini tied the score in the fourth inning when Kisten Martin drove home Butcher with a single to center. Butcher was 3-for-5 in the game and scored two runs.
Amanda Fortune entered the game in the fourth inning to pitch and completed the game to raise her record to 19-8 on the season. DePaul had runners on base in every inning but two, but Fortune did not allow a run while striking out four.
In addition to Butcher, O'Connell (2-for-5, RBI) and Martin (2-for-4, RBI) had multi-hit games. Eight of the nine Illinois starters recorded hits.
O'Connell and Butcher remained hot in the second game. O'Connell blasted a two-run home run in the second. Butcher went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Since the game did not go five innings, it will not count as an official game.
Illinois plays hosts to Big Ten rivals Ohio State (6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday) and Penn State (doubleheader starting at noon Sunday) this weekend in key Big Ten series. The Illini will take a 7-3 conference mark into those four games.