23 Illini Join Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues
Illinois Has Won 12 of Last 13 Games, Marking Best Stretch Since 1998
Fifth-Year Senior Bryan Roberts Earns First Win since 2010 after Key Strikeout
Illinois Never Trailed While Scoring 19 Runs and Collecting 25 Hits on Saturday
Sophomore's 4-for-4 Day Highlights 16-Hit Performance
2013 - Freshman: Played in 11 games, starting four at second base, before suffering a broken finger that sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... Hit .222 with six walks, four runs, two stolen bases and an RBI ... Scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning in the 2-1 10-inning victory vs. Southern Illinois (3/18) ... Started at second base at Southern Illinois (3/16), walking twice, scoring a run and stealing a base ... Started first game as an Illini vs. Ohio (2/22) and tallied first career run, hit, RBI, walk and stolen base ... Notched a pinch-hit single at Baylor (3/9 G2) ... Made Illini debut at Tennessee Tech (2/15) and reached base on a pinch-hit walk ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League along with Illini teammates Nick Blackburn and Ryan Nagle during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Ranked the No. 19 overall prospect in the class of 2012 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... PBR lists him as one of the top two athletes in the class of 2012 in Illinois ... Hit .370 with three home runs, seven doubles, two triples and 43 RBIs in 2011 ... Named a 2011 Under Armour Preseason All-American top 25 prospect ... Named a 2011 Perfect Game Preseason High Honorable Mention All-American and 2010 Perfect Game Preseason Honorable Mention All-American ... Named a 2011 All-North Suburban Conference first-team selection.
Born September 22, 1993 ... Parents are Mark and Juli Walton ... Has two siblings, Jorie and Allie ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism with a concentration in sport management ... Favorite athlete is Derek Jeter ... Earliest baseball memory is playing wiffle ball with his dad in the backyard ... His father most influenced his athletic career because he always led by example and showed how working hard at whatever you do had intangible awards along with always being there for him and believing in him during times of adversity.
Updated December 2013