Note – Schutzenhofer needs only 21 starts, five hits, eight runs scored, two doubles, 61 total bases and 13 RBI to rank among Illinois’ career leaders in those categories.
2002 - Illini first baseman started every game for the second-straight season has started every game of his career except the first of his freshman season, a streak of 170-consecutive games . . . .367 career average ranks fourth in school history . . . Led the team in both game-winning RBI (five) and game-winning runs scored (eight) . . . Was 4-for-13 against Iowa with four runs scored and four RBI in the final weekend of the season . . . Went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the second game of the Michigan State doubleheader . . . Walked three times with one hit and scored two runs in the Michigan State series finale (5/5) . . . Had the game-winning RBI when he was hit by a pitch in the 11th inning against Illinois State . . . Reached base four of five times with two hits, two walks and a run scored in Illinois’ win at Eastern Illinois (4/17) . . . Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first game of the Northwestern series . . . Had three hits and scored two runs in Illinois’ win in the series finale with Northwestern . . . Went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs at Indiana State . . . Hit a solo home run while scoring three runs in the series finale against Purdue . . . Scored three runs and picked up two hits in the series finale against Western Michigan . . . Had two hits while driving in three and scoring two in the first game against Western Michigan . . . Had two hits and scored a run in the Big Ten opener versus Indiana . . . Went 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored against Northeastern on the Spring Trip . . . Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored against Dartmouth . . . First hit of the year was a two-run home run in the second game of the season against Texas Pan-American . . . Traveled to Alaska to play for the Peninsula Oilers over the summer . . . Hit .302 and led his team in hits, runs, RBI, doubles and walks en route to being named to the All-Alaska team.
2001 - Sophomore started every game at first base . . . Hit a team-high .392 on the year with 85 hits, placing him sixth on Illinois’ single-season top 10 hits list . . . Only athlete to appear on Illinois’ single-season hits list at least twice after finishing fourth all-time with 87 hits a year ago - in addition, Schutzenhofer is the only athlete to appear on the single-season hits list as a freshman and one of only two to make the list as a sophomore (Craig Marquie ranks 10th after collecting 82 hits over the 1998 campaign, his sophomore year) . . . .383 career average ranks second at Illinois to only Major League All-Star Darrin Fletcher . . . Earned Verizon Academic All-District V honors with a 3.400 GPA in speech communications . . . Needs 13 doubles, 44 RBI, 51 runs, 55 hits and 132 total bases to crack Illinois’ career top 10 in those categories . . . In all games, ranked among Big Ten leaders in hits (2nd, 85), average (3rd, .392), on base percentage (5th, .471) and runs scored (T5th, 55) . . . Had a 20-game hitting streak over the start of the season . . . Collected 24 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games . . . Included in that are eight three-hit games, three four-hit games and one five-hit game . . . In only two seasons has 46 career multi-hit and 23 career multi-RBI games . . . Set or tied three Illinois single-game highs on the year with seven at bats vs. Washington, four runs scored against Northwestern and five hits against Western Illinois . . . Went 4-for-7 in extra-inning win against Washington at Illini Desert Classic . . . Tied for the team lead with six game-winning RBI . . . Stole home for game-winning run against Western Michigan in game one of the series . . . Went 5-for-6 with three runs and four RBI against Western Illinois . . . Hit .457 against Northwestern, .400 at Michigan, .400 against Purdue and .538 against Indiana . . . In the last three weeks of the regular season Schutzenhofer had four three-hit or more games, including one five-hit game and two four-hit games . . . Hit .385 at the Big Ten Tournament, incluing going 5-for-9 on the last day . . . Hit .354 in Big Ten play with 17 RBI . . . Led the team with a .464 batting average with runners on base and .429 average with runners in scoring position while ranking second with a .500 average when hitting with the bases loaded.
2000 - Became the second Illini in as many years to earn freshman All-American honors, garnering the honor from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball . . . First Illini freshman to be named first-team All-Big Ten since Bubba Smith in 1989 . . . Collected two of Illinois’ four game-winning RBI on way to Big Ten Tournament championship: both in game one against Purdue and in game two against Penn State . . . Purdue RBI came on a game-winning single in the 12th inning . . . .375 average ranks among all-time Illinois freshmen leaders . . . Passed the Illinois freshman record for most RBI in a single season against MacMurray on May 4th . . . His 63 RBI broke Sean Mulligan’s 1989 mark . . . 87 hits also set a UI freshman record, breaking Todd McClure’s 1995 mark of 70 hits . . . Seven home runs rank fifth all-time among Illini freshmen . . . Collected a season-high two doubles in a single game against St. John’s . . . Collected five RBI at Southern Illinois and again in game four at MSU . . . Led the team with a .375 batting average, .534 slugging percentage, 87 hits and 63 RBI . . . Also led the team with a .524 slugging percentage in Big Ten play . . . Had 22 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games . . . Hit .707 (12-17) with three doubles, seven runs and six RBI against Michigan State . . . Went 4-for-5 with two runs and five RBI in game four against the Spartans . . . Had a seven-game hitting streak April 9-16 . . . Collected a season-high and a team-high six hits and six RBI against Saint Joseph’s . . . Scored a season-high and a team-high five runs against Saint Joseph’s . . . Led all Big Ten freshmen in average (.380), hits (84), runs (48) and RBI (63) . . . Ranked among the top five overall in the Big Ten in average, hits and RBI and also ranked among league leaders in runs scored and doubles . . . Started 63 games and appeared in all 64 . . . Hit .308 and was named a CICL All-Star playing for the Bluff City Bombers over the summer.
High School - Earned three letters in both baseball and football . . . Earned all-area honors two years in football . . . Hit .560 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI . . . Led area in both average and home runs . . . Earned Player of the Year honors from the Southwestern Conference and the Suburban Journal . . . Also named first-team all-metro by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . . . Named American Legion District 22 Player of the Year as a senior.
Personal - Parents are Dennis and Cheri Schutzenhofer . . . Majoring in speech communications . . . Biggest thrill in sports is hitting home runs and winning championships . . . Favorite athlete is Mark McGwire for being an outstanding role model and a great power hitter . . . Father, who was his high school coach, most influenced his athletic career.