Second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz earned All-America honors, the second Illini in history to receive the accolades.
June 8, 2009
Top of The Order
19-5 when scoring first
20-1 when leading after four innings
11-1 in one-run games
6-0 in extra-inning games
Another All-American: Second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz became the second Illini in history to earn All-America honors, as she was named the third-team second baseman by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She finished the season batting .401, good for second in the Big Ten and third in Illinois' single-season history. The West Hills, Calif., native led off every game this season and reached base in 42 of 46 contests.
High Five: A school record-tying five Illini earned All-Big Ten honors this season. Zymkowitz and designated player Katrina Ross received first-team accolades, rightfielder Hope Howell took home second-team honors, while leftfielder Hollie Pinchback and third baseman Kelley Wedel were named to the third team. It marked the first career award for all but Howell, who received second-team honors for the third year in a row.
Perry Sets New Marks: Freshman hurler Monica Perry shattered a pair of single-season school records during the 2009 campaign. Perry struck out 223 batters this season, surpassing Amanda Fortune's record of 182 in 2004. The McDonough, Ga., native also set a new mark for most strikeouts per seven innings at 6.30, topping Sherri Taylor's average of 5.00 from 2004.
Familiar Faces: The 2009 Women's College World Series featured several of Illinois' opponents from the season. The Illini faced Florida, a series finalist, Arizona and Michigan during the regular season, and also played Missouri in the opening game of this year's NCAA Championship.
Armstrong Finishes Strong: Catcher Lana Armstrong wrapped up her career in the Orange and Blue as one of the best all-around Illini in history. Armstrong finished third with 41 doubles and fourth in slugging percentage (.535), home runs (31) and RBIs (140). She also ranked among the top ten in total bases (6th), walks (6th), on-base percentage (7th), runs (T8th) and hits (9th).
Marking Up the Record Book: The following is a list of where individual performances from 2009 stack up in the school's single-season record book, including the category, statistical number and rank.
Highest stolen base percentage, .952, 2nd
Highest batting average, .401, 3rd
Highest on-base percentage, .484, 3rd
Most runs scored, 48, 4th
Most stolen bases, 20, 4th
Most hits, 63, T9th
Highest on-base percentage, .467, 6th
Most doubles, 13, T7th
Highest batting average, .350, 9th
Most strikeouts/7 innings, 6.30, 1st
Most strikeouts, 223, 1st
Most games started, 39, 2nd
Most innings pitched, 247.2, 2nd
Most complete games, 26, 3rd
Most wins, 24, T3rd
Lowest opp. batting avg., .251, 6th
Most appearances, 44, T7th
Fewest walks allowed/7 innings, 2.35, 8th