Shortstop Angelena Mexicano homered twice on the day, bringing her total to a nation-leading 20 on the season.
April 22, 2008
CHICAGO - Shortstop Angelena Mexicano continued her offensive tear, smashing two more home runs as Illinois fell twice, 7-2 and 8-4, to the No. 23 DePaul Blue Demons on Tuesday at Cacciatore Stadium. Both of Mexicano's home runs came in the second game of the doubleheader, bringing her to a nation-leading 20 on the season.
Mexicano also set a new record with 133 total bases this season, shattering her record of 125 from a year ago. The senior shortstop is just two runs and three RBIs shy of setting new single season records as well.
Catcher Lana Armstrong also made history in game two of the doubleheader, knocking her 17th double of the season and tying the school's single-season record.
Claire DeVreese (19-17) took the loss in game one after giving up six earned runs on eight his through five innings. DeVreese also tossed the final inning and two-thirds of game two, allowing no earned runs on two hits in relief of starter Ashley Wright. Wright (6-7) gave up five earned runs on six hits through four and a third innings.
The Illini jumped out to a lead in both games, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning of game one to take an early 2-0 lead. Second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz reached on an error to leadoff the game then Mexicano followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Armstrong smacked a triple to centerfield to plate both runners and give the Illini a 2-0 lead.
DePaul responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on pitcher Becca Heteniak's two-run homer to tie the game.
The Blue Demons took the lead for the first time in the third, collecting three runs on a pair of basehits and another two-run home run to go up 5-2.
Heteniak continued to pester the Illini pitching staff, knocking her second home run of the game in the fifth. She finished the game 3-for-3, while on the defensive side of the ball allowing just one earned run and striking out seven.
In game two, Illinois again opened up with a run in the first inning when Mexicano took a 2-0 pitch over the left-center wall for her 19th of the season.
The Blue Demons put up a four-spot in the bottom half of the inning, using a pair of walks and three hits to take a 4-1 lead.
The Illini inched their way back in the second when centerfielder Sarah Bryers drove in a run on a single through the left side. The Orange and Blue continued to fight back, tying the game in the fifth after plating another pair of runs. Mexicano led off the inning with her 20th bomb of the season to cut DePaul's lead to one. Armstrong followed two batters later with a double and later scored on rightfielder Hope Howell's single to make it 4-4.
The Blue Demons went back on top in the fifth thanks to a solo home run, then tacked on three more runs in the sixth to seal the 8-4 win.
Illinois wraps up its road portion of the season this weekend, traveling to Indiana and Purdue. The Illini will take on the Hoosiers at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT on Friday and wrap up the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT. The Orange and Blue conclude the weekend with a doubleheader at Purdue beginning at noon ET/11 a.m. CT.