Illinois wins extra-inning affair
May 1, 2004
Madison, Wis. - Erin Jones' sacrifice fly scored Janna Sartini with the game-winning run in the bottom of tenth inning to lift Illinois to a 1-0, victory over Wisconsin on Saturday in Madison. The Illini move to 36-17-1 overall and 11-5 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin falls to 27-25 and 5-11.
Janna Sartini (2-for-3) doubled to lead off the tenth. LeeAnn Butcher (2-for-3) beat out a bunt, and Rachelle Coriddi (3-for-5) legged out an infield single to load the bases with nobody out, setting up the game winner.
Sherri Taylor went the distance, allowing just six hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Three of the six Wisconsin hits came with two outs. Wisconsin starter Eden Brock also struck out seven, four in the first two innings.
Illinois out-hit Wisconsin 13-6 and threatened several other times during the game. The Illini had a base runner in every inning but two and got the lead off batter on base in five of the first seven innings.
Lindsey Hamma (2-for-4) led off the second inning with a double to right center, but Eden Brock struck out the final two batters of the inning to thwart the rally. Then in the fifth, Katie O'Connell singled to right field and Julie Balicki was hit by a pitch. Both runners were sacrificed into scoring position, but were left stranded.
Wisconsin had the lead-off batter aboard in both the seventh and ninth innings. The Badgers left a runner at third in the seventh after a lead off single then stranded two base runners in the ninth.
Illinois had two runners on in the sixth as well. The Illini also lined into a double play to end the fourth, had a runner picked off first, and one thrown out trying to steal.
Katie O'Connell was the defensive star for the Illini with two nice grabs on line drives, one diving for a ball in front of her and the other snagging the ball at the top of her leap.
Illinois plays a doubleheader at Minnesota on Sunday.