First baseman Katrina Ross belted a two-run homer to lift Illinois to a 6-0 win over Heartland.
Oct. 3, 2008
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois softball team finished off the fall season with a 6-0 win over Heartland Community College on Friday night at Eichelberger Field. Freshman pitcher Monica Perry set the tone early for the Illinois softball team with four strikeouts, while senior first baseman Katrina Ross provided the exclamation point with a two-run home run.
Five Illini pitchers combined to hold the Hawks to two hits and six strikeouts. Sophomore second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Illinois' offense struck in the first inning when Zymkowitz led off the game with a single to center field. Junior leftfielder Hope Howell scored Zymkowitz with a triple hit to deep center field. Ross added two more in the third with her long ball to give the Illini a 3-0 cushion.
The Orange and Blue added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth thanks to a base-hit and four walks in the inning. Illinois capped off the scoring with a run in the seventh when sophomore Ashley Conrad scored on a passed ball.
The capped off a successful fall for the Illini, as they finished 7-2. Illinois will look to build on the fall successes as the Illini begin the 2009 campaign in February.