Molly Lawhead had ten hits and five RBI at the Chicagoland Classic.
Sept. 21, 2006
Urbana, Ill. - Illinois softball completes its fall schedule this weekend by hosting Parkland College Friday night at Eichelberger Field (first pitch is at 6 p.m.) then hosts the third annual alumni game Sunday at noon.
Illinois will be trying to complete a perfect fall, currently holding a 6-0 record in the first two weekends. Vicky Brown and Ashley Wright have thrown the majority of the innings for the Illini thus far with Brown completing two shutouts at the Chicagoland Classic. Illinois has had some great play out of its middle infielders as well with second baseman Molly Lawhead batting .588 last weekend and shortstop Angelena Mexicano having two home runs.
"In the fall, our purpose is always to learn more and more about our team and to experiment with our line-up," Sullivan said. "We want to play good fundamental softball at all times, which we have been doing. It's just an exciting weekend of softball ahead for our team and our fans."
Two former players are on staff this year. All-American Jenna Hall will serve as a student coach while Janna Sartini, a four-year starter at catcher, will serve as a manager while pursuing a master's degree. Sartini will have particular interest in the Parkland game after spending two years as assistant coach for the Cobras.
Sartini will then be in the line-up on Sunday trying to make it three in a row for the alumni over the varsity. All-Big Ten performer Amanda Fortune will again take to the circle for the alumni. Also joining the squad are Katie O'Connell, fresh off a second place state finish as the head coach for the Casey-Westfield Warriors, Rachelle Coriddi, Lee Ann (Butcher) Gilbert, Lauren Gronski, Lindsey Hamma, Shannon Lindgren, Erin (Montgomery) Leichty, Elene Planinsek, and Bridget Pluta.
"We really enjoy bringing the alumni back because they bring a lot of memories," said head coach Terri Sullivan. "Any time you have teams with success, they tend to show great loyalty. We had several that supported us last weekend in Orland Park (at the Chicagoland Classic) and that comes from having a great relationship with the alumni."
Admission is free to both events.