2007 5th Year Senior: Signed professionally with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League ... Named one of Collegiate Baseball's Top Players to Watch in the Big Ten ... Played in all but two games, starting 54 of 58 - 53 at first base and one at DH ... Finished sixth on the team in batting average at .316, but was second with 54 RBI, 47 runs and 20 doubles ... His four triples tied Kyle Hudson for the team lead ... His 11 steals were tied with Ryan Snowden for third-most on the team ... Finished his three-year Illinois career with a .327 batting average, 12 HR, 190 hits, 130 RBI and 126 runs ... Went 3-for-5 with a career-high six RBI and a career-best three doubles against Dartmouth (3/19) ... Went 15-for-36 (.417) from 3/18-4/1 with 17 RBI, seven doubles and nine runs ... Went 6-for-12 in the Northwestern series with five RBI and four runs, including a 3-for-5 game with two doubles on 4/13 ... Finished the Iowa series strong, going 7-for-14 (.500) in the final three games with a 3-for-6 effort on 4/22 that included two triples, two RBI and two runs ... Put together a 17-game hitting streak from 4/21-5/12, hitting 23-for-57 (.404) with two home runs, seven doubles, 16 RBI and 19 runs in that span ... Drove in four runs in the series opener against Michigan State on 5/18, homering and walking twice ... Went 2-for-4 with a run in the regular-season finale vs. MSU despite a shoulder injury that restricted him to designated hitter.
2006 Redshirt Junior: Played in all 58 games, starting 57 ...Started 52 games at third base, three at first base and two at DH ...Had a 14-game hitting streak dating back to the last nine games of 2005 (5/15/05-3/4/06) ...Second on the team with 48 runs, 38 RBI and 14 doubles, third in hits (68) and fourth in on-base percentage (.395) ...Collected 18 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games ...Hit best in the fifth spot in the batting order, hitting .369 with 14 RBI, 14 runs and two home runs in 19 games ...Had a career-high four hits against Western Carolina, going 4-for-6 with four runs and a steal ...Stole a career-best two bases at Texas-San Antonio ...Drove in three runs twice, vs. Cornell on 3/24 and vs. Iowa on 4/21 ...Had a pair of doubles in that 3/24 game vs. Cornell, going 2-for-6 with three RBI and a run ...Propelled Illini to only win at Ohio State, going 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a steal in game three ...Went 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and two runs against Western Michigan on 4/5 ...Went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a steal in Illinois' series-opening win at Minnesota on 4/28 ...Helped lift Illinois to the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-for-5 effort in the regular season finale at Michigan State with a double, three runs and an RBI ...Named a George Huff Award winner ...During the summer, played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League for the fourth straight year ...Inducted to the Mallards' Wall of Fame.
2005 Redshirt Sophomore: Named second team All-Big Ten ... Was the Big Ten Player of the Week on April 25 ...Started 44 games, 43 at designated hitter, and saw action in 51 ...Became the everyday DH in the second game of the Ohio State series (4/2) ...Finished second on the team in hitting with a .355 average ...led the Illini with a .385 average in Big Ten play ...His 38 RBI were third-most on the team ...Finished fifth in the Big Ten in hitting in conference games ...Began to heat up against Western Michigan and hit 14-for-30 (.467) with 12 RBI and nine runs in the seven games from 4/5 to 4/15 ...Highlighted that stretch with a 3-for-5 game with two home runs, four RBI and four runs against Robert Morris ...Won Big Ten Player of the Week honors on 4/25 after going 10-for-20 against ISU and Indiana with seven RBI, three runs and a .700 slugging percentage ...Hit 6-for-8 with a homer, six RBI and two runs in the doubleheader at Indiana ...Hit a grand slam in the final inning to win the doubleheader opener at Indiana, 4-3 ...Also tore through the Northwestern series and the first Minnesota game, hitting 10-for-20 with a homer, a double, eight runs and four RBI in those five games ...Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer ...Helped the Mallards to a second-place finish after winning the 2004 NWL title ...Hit .312 in the wooden-bat league, second-best on Madison ...Led the Mallards with 34 RBI and was second with a .432 slugging percentage and 43 runs ...Named Player of the Night on 7/22.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
2004 Sophomore: Redshirted 2004 season at New Orleans after getting injured.
2003 Freshman: Earned a varsity letter in baseball at the University of New Orleans ...Played in every game in 2003, hitting .235 while scoring 19 runs and driving in 22 ...Notched 12 doubles in 44 hits for a .337 slugging percentage.
Earned six varsity letters at Brookfield (Wis.) Central High School, four in baseball and two in basketball ...Hit .609 in 21 conference games during his senior season ...Named Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2002 ...Named Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year and first team All-State in 2002 ...Named first team All-GMC in 2000, 2001 and 2002 ...Named Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Player of the Year in 2002 ...Helped lead team to the Wisconsin state championship in 2000 ...Played in Jam Gantner All-Star Game at Miller Park in 2001 and 2002.
Born Sept. 27, 1983 ...Parents are Mark and Dorothy Rohde ...Majoring in speech communication ...Currently interning at WCIA-3 TV in Champaign ...Father, Mark, played baseball at Valparaiso from 1970-72 ...Has two sisters - Beth, 25, and Emily, 18 ...Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning the 2005 Big Ten championship ...Brett Favre is his favorite athlete because he only cares about winning ...His earliest baseball memory is watching the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers with his dad ...Plans to be a sports journalist after graduating ...Lists his dad as his biggest athletic influence because he not only taught him how to play baseball, but also to respect the game and play hard ...Enjoys reading and playing cards in his spare time.