Baseball


Chad Frk
Chad Frk
19

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Northfield, Ohio

High School:
Walsh Jesuit

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 210

Position:
IF

Birthdate:
01/08/1982

Bats/Throws:
R/R

AT ILLINOIS
2004 Redshirt Junior:
Saw time at both third base and first base • Collected 13 multi-hit games • Led the team with a .447 on-base percentage • Hit .344 on the year with 24 RBI • Hit .636 (7-for-11) over three starts during the Michigan series • Picked up three hits in back-to-back games against Winthrop • Went 3-for-3 in game three against Iowa.

2003 Redshirt Sophomore: Led the team in batting average, hitting .394 to go along with an on-base percentage of .467 • Ranked second in slugging percentage with a .519 average • Played in 41 games and started 29 contests • Finished the year with eight doubles and 25 RBI • Also collected six three-hit and six two-hit games • Was second on the team with nine multi-RBI games, including six two-RBI and three three-RBI efforts • Started the third Michigan game at third base and stayed in the starting line-up the rest of the year, making 24 starts in a row • Also led the team with a .369 Big Ten batting average • Scored the game-winning run three times during the year • In the second game against Michigan, hit a game-winning single to drive in Drew Davidson • Also collected the game-winning RBI in game three against Iowa, driving in Eric Eymann to win the game • Led the team in the Penn State series with a .500 batting average • Returned for his third summer with the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer.

2002 Sophomore: Missed most of the season while recovering from a back injury suffered in fall practice • Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer.

2001 Freshman: Started 37 games and appeared in 43, primarily at second base • Hit .220 with 10 RBI • Collected first career extra base hit with double vs. Indiana and hit first career home run against Purdue at the Big Ten Tournament • Had three multi-hit games • Went 4-for-9 starting at second in the first two games of the Illini Desert Classic • Hit .400 in the series against Northwestern and .333 against Indiana • Twice put together five-game hitting streaks • Started 11-consecutive games at second, the longest streak at that position for any player, from April 8-21.

HIGH SCHOOL
Earned four varsity letters in baseball and three in football • Named a second-team All-American by Rawlings and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association • Named first-team All-State as a senior along with Player of the Year for the Tri-County Area Conferece • Set 10 school records during his career, including season average (.576), hits (57), runs (46), doubles (14) and RBI (42) and career home runs, RBI, hits, runs and walks • Won state championships in baseball as a junior and in football as a senior.

PERSONAL
Born Jan. 8, 1982 • Parents are Robert and Janet Frk • Majoring in marketing • During high school played for Parma, MSI team that current and former Illini Casey Hahn, Dan O'Neill, Joe Sprengard and D.J. Svihlik all played for • Lists biggest thrill in sports as winning two state championships • Member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll • Chose Illinois over Notre Dame, Clemson, Michigan State and Vanderbilt • Lists Steve Grescovich as the biggest influence on his athletic career because he "influenced me to work extremely hard in all that I do."

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