Softball Sweeps First Fall Doubleheader

Conrad earned an two-RBI hit against Illinois-Chicago on Sunday.
Conrad earned an two-RBI hit against Illinois-Chicago on Sunday.

Sept. 20, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois softball team earned victories over DePaul, 7-1, and the University of Illinois-Chicago, 10-0, on Sunday at Stone City in Minooka, Ill. Sophomore Pepper Gay earned the win against DePaul while classmate Jackie Guy shut out Illinois-Chicago to earn the victory.

Against DePaul, Illinois struck for one run in the first inning, two in the second and four in the fifth. Audrey Gallien led off the second with a walk and advanced to second on a stolen base. Senior Ashley Conrad followed with a single and advanced on an error by DePaul's third baseman. Two batters later, senior Danielle Zymkowitz added the third single of the inning to plate the runners and put the Illini ahead, 3-0. In the fifth, Kelley Wedel earned a two-run double to put the game out of reach, scoring Hollie Pinchback and Alex Booker. In the circle, Gay struck out five while only allowing three hits and two walks.

Illinois followed with a shutout of UIC to push their fall record to 2-0. The Orange and Blue took the lead in the second inning, notching three runs before putting the game away with seven more in the sixth to reach the final score, 10-0. In the second, Conrad singled in Vaji and Gallien for the first runs of the contest. The Illini put the game away in the sixth, notching seven runs to reach the final score. Wedel led off the inning with a solo home run to put Illinois up, 4-0.

Four consecutive Illini reached base following Wedel's homer with Vaji singling and stealing second, Gallien reaching on an error and Conrad singling to load the bases. Nikki Simpson followed with an RBI single to push the lead to 5-0. Six batters later, Vaji would come to bat for the second time in the inning, earning an RBI single to cap the scoring at 10-0. Guy earned her first win of the fall, holding UIC to three hits and two walks while striking out two.

The Illini open their fall home slate against Parkland Community College on Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.