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      Joe Parenti
    Joe Parenti
    Player Profile

    Arlington Heights, Ill.

    High School:
    Buffalo Grove

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 190




    2002 - Right fielder started 48 of Illinois’ 51 regular season games after returning from a foot injury that forced him to miss all of last season . . . Collected 10 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games . . . Was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the first game of the Iowa series, including a bunt single that scored Patrick Arlis with the game-winning run in the 10th inning . . . Hit a team-high .538 in the Michigan series and .308 against Michigan State and .300 at Minnesota . . . Went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in the series finale against Michigan State . . . Was 2-for-3 and drove in the lone Illini run in the nightcap of the Saturday doubleheader with Minnesota . . . Went 4-for-5 with two RBI in the Saturday doubleheader against Michigan . . . Collected an RBI single to drive in one of the two runs Illinois scored against Purdue in game one of the series . . . Drove in four runs and went 3-for-6 while hitting a home run against Northeastern on the Spring Trip . . . Picked up two hits and drove in three runs while scoring one on opening day against Texas Pan-American . . . Scored two runs and drove in another in the series finale against Texas-Pan American.

    2001 - Started seven of the first eight games of the season in right field before medical staff found a break in his right foot that required surgery, forcing him to miss the rest of the season . . . Was able to take a medical redshirt and will regain his year of eligibility.

    2000 - Collected one-out bunt single and scored eventual game-winning run in Illinois’ 12-inning win over Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament . . . Started the final three games of the tournament in right field . . . Hit .500 (3-6) over three appearances and two starts at the NCAA Clemson Regional . . . Tallied his first career grand slam in a game-winning pinch-hit appearance against Iowa . . . Grand slam was his first career home run and his second career extra-base hit . . . Scored game-winning run on Craig Marquie’s suicide squeeze in the 13th inning of game four against Northwestern as Illinois wrapped up its four-game sweep of Northwestern and won its third-straight extra-inning game . . . Had 12 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games . . . Committed only three errors over the 2000 season . . . Smacked a two-run double for the game-winning RBI’s to defeat WMU 10-9 in extra innings . . . Tallied his first triple against Southern Illinois in a 15-5 win over the Salukis . . . Had three hits in a single game three times over the season . . . Appeared in 57 games and started 41 . . . All of his starts except one came in right field.

    High School - Earned eight varsity letters at Buffalo Grove, three each in baseball and football and two in basketball . . . Enjoyed .411 career batting average in high school . . . Tallied 127 hits, 27 doubles, 12 home runs, 106 runs scored, 86 RBI, 30 stolen bases and a .644 slugging percentage over four-year career . . . A three-time Mid-Suburban League all-conference selection . . . Earned all-area honors in baseball as a junior and senior . . . Also an all-conference and all-area pick in basketball as a senior . . . Averaged 11.6 points per game in basketball as a senior . . . Participated in the 1998 Area Code Games.

    Personal - Parents are Richard and Cecilia Parenti . . . Majoring in education with an emphasis in history . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as playing in the Area Code Games and hitting a triple off Josh Beckett, the No. 2 overall selection in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft . . . Lists anyone who plays on the Chicago Cubs as his favorite player . . . Lists his parents as the biggest influence on his athletic career because "they always let me be and pushed me to be my best."

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