Penn State

Penn State softball: Nittany Lions drop series finales to Illinois

Penn State (14-34, 5-18 Big Ten) ended its regular season on an 11-game losing skid that ended with a 6-1 loss to Illinois on Sunday.

Kasie Hatfield accounted for Penn State’s offense with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. In addition, Penn State’s two other seniors — Liz Presto and Alyssa Sovereign — registered hits in their final home games. Freshman Shelby Miller notched Penn State’s other hit.

The Fighting Illini (23-25, 7-16) recorded six extra-base hits on the day, including four doubles and two home runs. Brittany Sanchez and Jenna Mychko each went 2-for-3 at the plate with three doubles combined while Allie Bauch and Remeny Rivera provided the homers.

A leadoff solo shot from Rivera in the top of the second opened the scoring and sparked the Illini offense. Sanchez followed with a double to left center and Mychko added a single to center. Alyssa Gunther entered the pinch run for Mychko and stole second during the following at-bat. Sanchez attempted to head home as Gunther went to second but was caught stealing at the plate, giving Gunther time to move to third. Perez came up next and grounded out to second but it was enough to bring Gunther in, giving Illinois a 2-0 advantage.

The Fighting Illini added to their lead in the top of the sixth, scoring one run on two hits.