Five Named to Second Team, One Picked to Third Team; Two Tabbed All-Freshman
Illini Notch School-Record Fourth Big Ten Series Sweep, Improve to 9-0 in Conference Road Games
Kravetz, Muck Keep Illini in Second Place in Big Ten with Second Quality Pitching Performance
Junior Drills Second Consecutive Game-Winning Hit to Complete Comeback Victory
Junior Starter Shuts Down IU Offense with One Run over 7.1 Innings, Improves to 5-1
2014 - Freshman: All-Big Ten Freshman Team at third base ... Made five starts at shortstop and 45 starts at third base, playing in 51 total games while hitting .246 with 21 runs, a home run and 17 RBI ... Hit .270 with 13 runs scored during Big Ten play ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (4/21) after leading the Illini with a .417 average (5-for-12) during the sweep of Penn State ... Hit first career home run at Nebraska (5/17) ... Had a season-long eight-game hitting streak from April 18-27 ... Collected a season-high three hits against Michigan (4/12) ... Finished Purdue series by going 2-for-4 in each of the final two games ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and his first career double vs. Xavier (3/22) ... Turned in first career multi-hit game by going 2-for-3 at Florida (3/2) and followed it up by going 2-for-3 at Western Kentucky (3/8) ... Had a hit in the first three games of his collegiate career ... Made first collegiate start at shortstop at Georgia State (2/15), going 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Casey Fletcher and Reid Roper during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Selected as the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 ... 2013 IHSBCA all-state selection ... Batted .477 with nine homers and 39 RBIs out of the leadoff as a senior and was 11-0 with a 0.41 ERA with 106 strikeouts and only eight walks to go along with a scoreless streak of 42 1/3 innings ... Ranked the No. 2 player in the state of Illinois and the No. 15 player in the Midwest in the Class of 2013 by Prep Baseball Report ... Perfect Game USA ranked him the No. 13 player and the No. 2 shortstop in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2013 ... Perfect Game USA listed him as the No. 61 shortstop and among the top 500 players in the nation in the Class of 2013 ... Named a Perfect Game USA Third-Team Preseason Underclass All-American prior to the 2012 season ... Earned 11 total varsity letters: three in football, four in basketball and four in baseball ... Set school record for home runs in a season (11), career pitching wins (35) and strikeouts in a game (17) ... Earned MVP honors at Midwest Future Games in 2011 ... Four-time All-Southern Illinois selection by the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association ... Led Harrisburg to an IHSA Class 2A state runner-up finish as a freshman in 2010, hitting .397 with six home runs, 17 doubles and 35 RBIs, while going 10-1 on the mound ... Led Harrisburg to SIRR conference championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013 ... Led the Bulldogs to regional championships four straight seasons, 2010-13 ... Member of Team Illinois in 2012 ... Three-time all-conference selection in football and once in basketball ... Led the Harrisburg basketball team to the state championship in 2013 ... Made honor roll all four years ... Four-time academic all-conference selection ... 2013 academic all-state selection.
Full name is Ryne Andrew Roper ... Born September 5, 1994 ... Parents are Jeff and Diana Roper ... Father, Jeff, played baseball at Southeastern Illinois College in 1984 ... Great-uncle, Larry "Moose" Calufetti, played baseball at Southern Illinois from 1970-73 for former SIU and Illinois head coach Richard "Itch" Jones and played professionally in the New York Mets' organization from 1973-76 ... Older brother, Reid, is his teammate on the Illlini ... Hobby is deer hunting ... Favorite athlete is Tim Tebow ... Majoring in elementary education ... Plans to teach after graduation ... Lists his father as the person who most influenced his athletic career because he always worked with him and taught him everything he knows ... Favorite Illini growing up was Dee Brown.
Updated September 2014