2008 Softball Season Wrap-Up

Shortstop Angelena Mexicano finished second in the nation with 24 home runs and fifth with 1.05 runs per game.
Shortstop Angelena Mexicano finished second in the nation with 24 home runs and fifth with 1.05 runs per game.

June 13, 2008

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National Statistics
Rank - Individual/Team (Actual)
8th - Home Runs Per Game (1.23)
11th - Slugging Percentage (.503)
16th - Doubles Per Game (1.53)
23rd - Scoring( (5.35)

Angelena Mexicano
2nd - Home Runs (24)
3rd - Home Runs Per Game (0.39)
5th - Runs Per Game (1.05)
10th - Slugging Percentage (.821)
17th - RBI Per Game (1.0)

Lana Armstrong
31st - Doubles Per Game (0.31)
40th - RBI Per Game (0.87)

Top of The Order
Illinois this season...
26-5 when leading after 4 innings
26-3 when having more hits than opponent
23-10 when scoring first
26-15 when hitting at least one home run

Leading Off
Raking in Honors: Three Illini garnered All-Big Ten honors for their outstanding individual performances during the 2008 season. Third baseman Shanna Diller collected first-team honors after batting .400 with 12 RBIs, five home runs and 17 runs scored in conference play, topping each of those categories among the league's third basemen. Rightfielder Hope Howell and centerfielder Sarah Bryers earned second-team honors. Diller also was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team for the second straight year, becoming the program's first two-time honoree, while catcher Lana Armstrong earned NFCA All-Great Lakes Region honors.

Familiar Faces: Illinois had one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2008 as indicated by the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament. The Illini faced nine of the 16 teams that advanced to the 2008 Super Regionals and six of the eight Women's College World Series teams, including champion Arizona State and runner-up Texas A&M.

Mexicano Leaves Her Mark: Shortstop Angelena Mexicano set a new mark in the Big Ten with her 24th home run of the season, a mark that also put her at second in the nation for the 2008 season. Her 51 career home runs are tied for third all-time in the conference. Mexicano finished the season with 160 total bases on the season, also a Big Ten single-season record. The senior shortstop finished the season ranked among the best in the nation in several other categories as well, including home runs per game, runs per game, slugging percentage and RBI per game. She also set school single-season records for home runs, RBIs and runs scored.

One-Two Punch: Third baseman Shanna Diller and shorstop Angelena Mexicano wrapped up their careers as two of the most prolific Illini in program history. The pair finished 1-2 in several career offensive categories while ranking among the top ten in every major offensive category. Mexicano finished atop career home runs, RBIs, runs scored and total bases with Diller second in each of those categories.

Nation Sensation: Since leading the nation in home runs in 2007, Illinois has continued to make a name as one of the nation's most prolific programs. The Illini finished the season ranked among the top 25 in the nation in home runs per game (8th), slugging percentage (11th), doubles per game (16th) and scoring (23rd).

Finishing Strong: Throughout the season, the Illini were atop the Big Ten in several offensive categories. The Orange and Blue finished the season leading the conference in slugging percentage (.503), hits (471), runs scored (332), RBIs (299), doubles (95) and home runs (76). The Illini also finished second with 13 triples and a .289 batting average and third with a .366 on-base percentage.