Five Named to Second Team, One Picked to Third Team; Two Tabbed All-Freshman
Illinois Moves Back into Tie for Second in Big Ten at 17-5 Behind Duchene, Walton
Illini Starter, Closer Combine for 12 Strikeouts in Series Opener
Junior Hit Five Home Runs, Two Walk-Off Winners to Lead Illinois to Four Victories
Junior Drills Second Consecutive Game-Winning Hit to Complete Comeback Victory
2014 - Junior: Third-team All-Big Ten outfielder ... Led the Illini with six home runs, which ranked fourth in the Big Ten ... Tied for 12th in the Big Ten with a team-high slugging percentage of .450 along with ranking third on the team with a .308 average and fourth with 27 RBI ... Headlined the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week list from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, was recognized as a Week 12 Top Performer on NCAA.com and was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Week on May 6 ... Hit .471 (8-for-17) with two walk-off winners, five home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.353 slugging percentage to lead Illinois to a perfect 4-0 record from April 30-May 4 ... Had third consecutive game-winning hit with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the sixth inning at Iowa (5/9) ... Notched second consecutive walk-off hit with a two-run single against Michigan State (5/4) ... Went 3-for-5 with two home runs and slapped his first career walk-off hit with an RBI single in the 10th inning against Michigan State (5/3) ... Became seventh Illini to hit three home runs in a game when he went deep three times and finished 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBI vs. Southern Illinois (4/30) ... Hit .400 (4-for-10) to lead the Illini at the Big Ten Tournament ... Had a career-long seven-game hitting streak from May 3-16: 12-for-31 (.387) ... Went 3-for-7 (.429) with three RBI during the Indiana series ... Hit first career home run as an Illini vs. Xavier (3/22) and excelled during the Xavier series, hitting .500 with three runs, three doubles, a home run and two RBI ... Had a career-high four hits to go along with scoring the winning run on a walk-off suicide squeeze vs. Xavier (3/23) ... Posted a .400 average (4-for-10) with two walks and two RBI in the SIU series ... Made 47 starts with 45 in right field and two in left field ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Reid and Ryne Roper during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
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Played two years for the Cavaliers and was a two-time NJCAA All-American, earning a third-team honors in 2012 and 2013 ... Two-time first-team All-Region IV selection ... Drove in 69 RBI in 2013, ranking as the second-highest total in NJCAA Division II baseball ... Hit .381 and led the Cavaliers with 65 hits, 23 doubles and a .529 slugging percentage as a sophomore outfielder ... Also served as the team's closer in 2013, racking up eight saves with a 0.71 ERA ... Hit .397 with 58 RBI as a freshman designated hitter at KCC ... His 127 career RBI rank as the second-most in KCC history ... Also played two years for the Danville Dans in the Prospect League, where he was twice named an All-Star.
Hit .450 as a senior while posting a 4-2 record, 3.45 ERA and 48 strikeouts on the mound ... Named 2010 Commercial-News Baseball Player of the Year as a junior, batting .516 with 41 RBIs and 48 hits and compiling a 9-2 record, 2.02 ERA and 93 strikeouts ... Earned all-county and all-conference honors as a junior and senior ... Four-year letterwinner in baseball and also played basketball, football and golf.
Born Jan. 1, 1993 ... Parents are Darrin and Sheila Fletcher ... Father, Darrin, was an All-American baseball player at Illinois and lettered from 1985-87 before beginning a 13-year MLB career ... Grandfather, Tom, lettered for the Illini in 1962 and reached the MLB ... Has two siblings, a sister, Preslie, and a brother, Koby ... Favorite athlete is LeBron James ... Majoring in communication ... Plans to pursue coaching at the collegiate level following graduation.
Updated September 2014