The Illinois Fighting Illini dropped both games of their doubleheader against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.
This weekend’s series was originally scheduled to be played in Minnesota, but was moved to Illinois because of snow that hit Minnesota.
The Illini have now lost eight straight games leading back to the end of March. In their last thirteen games dating back to March 22nd, Illinois is 1-12.
In game one on Saturday, the Golden Gophers got the best of the Illini as they won, 5-1. They raced out to a 3-0 lead after the first three innings and were able to scored two more runs in the fifth and sixth to get the win.
Shortstop Tyler Walker was a complete offensive force for Minnesota in the first game of the doubleheader.
She went 3-for-3 at the plate, scored three runs, recorded two RBIs, and walked once. Her three hits included a triple and two home runs.
The Illini were held to just three hits until Jessica Davis tripled in the sixth which brought in the club’s only run of the game.
Allie Bauch, Alex Booker, Brittany Sanchez, and Davis were the only Illinois players to record a hit in the game.
The winning pitcher for Minnesota in the first game was Sara Moulton. She pitched a complete game only giving up four hits, one run, and one walk. She also struck out twelve batters.
The losing pitcher for Illinois was Pepper Gay. Gay threw a complete six innings, but gave up five runs, seven hits, and walked eight batters.
The second game might have been a closer score than the first game, but the result was still the same as Minnesota won 2-0.
Each team only had four hits each. However, the Golden Gophers were able to capitalize when it really counted.
Minnesota scored their two runs on a home run and a bases-loaded walk.
Offensively, Remeny Perez recorded two hits in three plate appearances as she singled to center twice in the game. The other two Illinois players to record hits in the game were Alex Booker and Sami Estill. Estill’s hit in game two was her first Illini hit in her first career start.
The winning pitcher for Minnesota in the second game was Nikki Anderson. She improved to 4-2 on the year as she pitched five innings giving up three hits and striking out four. Moulton came in for the two-inning save.
The losing pitcher for Illinois was Shelese Arnold. She pitched a solid 4.1 innings, but did not get the offensive support to win the game.
After the doubleheader, head coach Terri Sullivan said:
Our hitters have to do more with two strikes on them. We were in that spot a lot today. When we had positive hitting counts, we had some success.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 11-24 overall and 1-10 in the Big Ten this season.
Illinois will have one more chance to avoid a sweep against the Golden Gopherson Sunday as they will play the series finale at 1:00 p.m. (CST).
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