Illinois vs. Michigan State at Illinois Field on March 27, 2009
Photos from Illinois' come-from-behind 6-5 win over Michigan State.
Photos from Illinois' 6-5 win over Indiana.
Fall Practice - Final Day
2008 - Junior: Named to the All-Big Ten second team at second base ... Hit his first career home run against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, the eventual game-winning run in Illinois' 3-2 win ... Started all 56 games at second base, his first year playing full-time ... Named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on April 21 and to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup on April 22 after hitting .692 with four runs, three RBIs, three stolen bases and seven consecutive hits over the last two games of the Minnesota series ... Had a career-long 16-game hitting streak, Illinois' longest of 2008, snapped in game two of the Ohio State series ... Led the team with eight HBP, tied for the team lead with 12 doubles and ranked second with 47 runs and 26 stolen bases ... Stole nine consecutive bases from April 19-26, including a seven-steal spree across four games (4/20-25) ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in stolen bases, fifth in fielding assists and sixth in double plays turned ... Had a career year with a .356 average, 47 runs, 12 doubles, 34 RBIs and 26 steals ... Hit primarily in the No. 2 hole, but hit .486 in eight games as the leadoff hitter ... Ranked third on the team with 21 multiple-hit games and fifth with eight multiple-RBI games ... Stole three bases in a game twice (4/1 vs. Southern Illinois, 4/23 vs. Western Illinois) ... Went 5-for-5 with two doubles and four runs vs. Western Illinois ... Named a George Huff Award winner ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer along with teammate Brandon Wikoff ... Hit .295 over 40 games with the Mallards and broke the NWL career stolen bases record.
2007 - Sophomore: Played in 37 games, starting 22 ... Made 13 starts in left field, seven at second base and one each in center field and at DH ... Heated up in early May, going 7-for-10 against SIU, Greenville and in the series opener at Michigan with two doubles, a triple, eight runs and two RBI ... Scored four runs at SIU, a career high ... Had a three-hit game in the third game vs. Indiana, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run ... Scored three runs against Blackburn on April 25 ... Hit .385 in 13 at bats (5-for-13) in the No. 2 slot in the order and hit .306 (19-for-62) in the No. 8 hole ... Played for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League for the third-straight summer ... Broke the NWL single-season stolen base record with 45 ... Broke the Huskies' single-season steals record with his 19th steal in the team's 18th game ... Midseason and postseason NWL all-star.
2006 - Redshirt-Freshman: Played in 49 games, starting 41 ... Started 23 games in center field, 13 in left, four at third base and one at DH ... Third on the team in on-base percentage at .401 ... Led the team with a 1.000 percentage of driving in a runner from third with less than two outs ... Led team in advancing runners at a .581 rate and was tied for the team lead with a .410 average with runners in scoring position ... Split time in center with Kyle Hudson ... Put together a five-game hitting streak from April 25- May 2, hitting 7-for-15 (.467) with four RBI and three runs in that stretch ... Had a career game in the opener against Northwestern on April 14, going 4-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a steal ... Went 3-for-3 with a double, four RBI and a run in the series finale at Minnesota (April 30) ... Had a season-high two steals in the third game against Northwestern (April 15), also going 2-for-4 with two walks ... Scored a season-high three runs against Western Michigan on April 5 ... Played for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League in the summer for the second straight year, playing with Illini teammates Lars Davis and Ben Reeser. 2005 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2005 season ... Played for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League in the summer ... Led the team in walks and finished second in runs and stolen bases.
Earned six varsity letters, three each in baseball and football, at Stevenson High School ... Holds the SHS career records for runs and infield assists ... Also holds school football career records for receiving yardage, receptions and receiving touchdowns ... Named to the Illinois All-State baseball team in 2004, and named All-North Suburban Conference 2002-04 ... Played in the Jack Kaiser All-Star Game, and was part of Team Illinois ... Named to the All-Area football team in 2003 and 2004 ... Named to the All-NSC football team in 2003 and 2004 ... Holds the IHSA record for the longest touchdown reception in the 8A state title game with a 71-yard grab in 2002.
Born Sept. 6, 1985 ... Parents are Russell and Barbara Bonadonna ... Majoring in business administration ... Has two brothers - Russell Jr., 21, and Nick, 17 ... Lists winning the 2005 Big Ten title as his biggest thrill in sports ... His favorite athlete is Dan Marino, who was his childhood hero ... Earned Academic All-State honors in 2003 with a 3.5 GPA ... Enjoys bowling and fishing in his spare time.