Three More Student-Athletes Join Illini Squad for Upcoming Season

Illinois head coach Terri Sullivan added three in-state softball players on Wednesday as the Orange and Blue prepare to open fall competition.
Illinois head coach Terri Sullivan added three in-state softball players on Wednesday as the Orange and Blue prepare to open fall competition.

Aug. 15, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois softball team and head coach Terri Sullivan announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2012-13 season on Wednesday. Rising-junior transfer Sami Estill and incoming-freshmen Allie Bauch and Dana Sullivan join the Orange and Blue for the upcoming campaign to add depth to an already talent-laden roster.

Meet the Newest Illini:

Allie Bauch
Position: IF
Hometown/High School: Hoffman Estates, Ill./Conant
High School Coach: Cathy Ann Smith
Travel Team: Schaumburg Sluggers
Travel Coach: Frank Hill
Notes: A three-sport student-athlete who combined for 10 varsity letters and four Captain Stars during participation in basketball, softball and volleyball at Conant High School ... Three-time Daily Herald All-Area and All-Conference (2010-12) ... Helped lead high school team to back-to-back conference championships, with a 17-0 Mid-Suburban League record and an Illinois 4A State Sweet Sixteen finish in 2012 ... Batted .393 with 11 doubles and 44 runs as a senior ... Twice voted to Conant's Best Defensive Player Award honors (2010-11) ... Played travel ball with the Schaumburg Sluggers, placing second at the 2010 NSA 'A' Nationals ... Selected as one of Conant's High School top-10 outstanding seniors and was a Female Athlete of the Year Award nominee ... Academic all-state nominee in 2012 and a four-year honor roll student ... Two-time IHSA All-Academic ... Was a National Honor Society and student council member at Conant ... Daughter of Tom and Pam Bauch ... Has two siblings, Laura - a University of Illinois graduate - and Ryan.

Sami Estill
Position: IF
Hometown/High School: Chatham, Ill./Glenwood
High School Coach: Vondel Edgar
Travel Team: Pekin Lettes
Travel Coach: Joe Matheny
Last College: Lincoln Land Community College

Notes: Transferred to the University of Illinois from Lincoln Land Community College and will be eligible to compete for the Illini immediately ... Named a two-time All-American while attending Lincoln Land Community College, earning third team honors as a freshman before tallying a second team nod as a sophomore ... Was also a two-time first team all-region and two-time all-conference selection in two years with the Lincoln Land program ... Batted .475 with a .558 on-base mark and a .636 slugging percentage as a freshman at Lincoln Land, tallying 27 stolen bases, 27 RBIs, 77 hits and 60 runs scored ... Followed with a .448 clip as a sophomore, reaching base in 52.9 percent of her plate appearances while slugging .570, stealing 29 bags, knocking in 23 runs, scoring 54 more and collecting 77 hits ... Was named to the Lincoln Land President's List for recording a 4.0 grade point average ... Was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society ... Four-year varsity letter winner at Glenwood ... Her high school squad finished second at the 3A State Championship during her junior year ... Was named all-conference during her final season of scholastic competition ... Vernie Lee Sportsmanship Award honoree ... Named to the Mizuno Super 60 team as a senior ... Capped her career at Glenwood with a .495 batting average, .600 on-base percentage, .613 slugging percentage, 13 stolen bases, 25 RBIs, 55 hits and 42 runs scored as a senior ... Played travel softball for the Central Illinois Heat, Midland Magic and Pekin Lettes ...

Dana Sullivan
Position: C
Hometown/High School: Franklin Park, Ill./Leyden
High School Coach: Kurt Schuett
Travel Team: Elmwood Park Tigers
Travel Coach: Phil Sassone

Notes: Lettered in softball as a sophomore, junior and senior at Leyden High School, also lettering in basketball ... Was named all-conference twice and all-area once during her scholastic career, batting .323 with a .515 slugging percentage, 30 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a senior ... Equaled her athletic success in the classroom, tallying a plethora of honors that included being named an Illinois State Scholar while receiving the Helen St. John Award for English, Exceptional Eagle Award for Mathematics and Fern Award for Math ... Also totaled the highest GPA Award for basketball and softball, and was given the American Legion Award.