Illini down EIU, 4-2
May 3, 2005
Charleston, Ill. - Illinois improved to 7-0 all-time vs. Eastern Illinois with a 4-2 victory over the Panthers in Charleston Tuesday night. Molly Lawhead (2-for-3, RBI) and Rachelle Coriddi (2-for-3, 2B, 2 runs) led the Illini offensive attack in the final non-conference game of the year. The Illini conclude the regular season at Iowa on Saturday and Sunday.
Claire DeVreese and Jackelyn Diekemper each got work for Illinois (23-25) in the circle. Each pitcher gave up one run and four hits, DeVreese in tossing the first three innings and Diekemper going the final four.
The Illini added two more runs in the third. The top of the order again set the table for the inning. Coriddi singled to center and Butcher reached on a bunt single. The Illini scored when EIU tried to get Coriddi out on a force play at third and threw the ball wildly allowing Coriddi to cross the plate. After a walk to Julie Balicki loaded the bases, Lawhead placed a looping ball right out of the outstretched glove of the shortstop as Butcher scored.
Eastern Illinois (15-28) made it 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the third. Jessica Irps walked and Katy Steele and Rachel Karos singled, scoring one run and putting runners at first and second with no outs. DeVreese retired the final three batters to get out of the jam.
Heather Hoschen pitched pretty well for the Panthers, a victim of two unearned runs and some well-placed hits. She allowed just two hits after the fourth inning. The second of those two hits was to Coriddi leading off the seventh. Coriddi stole third and scored on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Shanna Diller.
Diekemper, who had retired 13 in a row at one point Sunday vs. Wisconsin in relief, retired the first six batters she faced vs. EIU. The Panthers scored an unearned run in the sixth and had runners at second and third, but Diekemper struck out the final two batters of the inning. Eastern Illinois threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on second and third and one out, but again Diekemper retired the side from there.