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    Luke Simmons
    12 Luke Simmons
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Englewood, Colo.

    High School:
    Cherry Creek

    Height / Weight:
    6- / 210

    Position:
    IF

    Birthdate:
    10/11/1979

    Experience:
    **

    Bats/Throws:
    L/R

    Honor Roll - Third-Team All-Big Ten 2001, Big Ten All-Tournament Team 2001, Academic All-Big Ten 2001, Second-Team All-Big Ten 2000, Academic All-Big Ten 2000, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American 1999, Second-Team All-Big Ten 1999

    2001 - Junior hit .426 in Big Ten play to win the Big Ten batting title, Illinois' first batting champ since Dave Payton won in 1987 with a .460 conference average ... Will be the first athlete with a chance to defend his batting title since Ohio State's Jason Trott won the title in three-consecutive years from 1997-99 ... Also earned Big Ten RBI crown with 28 over the conference season ... Hit .583 (7-12) with three doubles and a home run en route to earning All-Big Ten Tournament honors ... Needs six home runs, nine doubles, 14 runs, 14 RBI, 38 hits and 58 total bases to crack Illinois career top 10 lists in those categories while .362 career average ranks eighth all-time in Illini history ... Converted catcher started every game at third base for the Illini and posted a .936 fielding percentage ... Had 16 multi-hit and 19 multi-RBI games ... Second on the team with 11 home runs and 54 RBI ... Hit .426 in the Big Ten with four home runs and 28 RBI ... Ranked among league leaders in conference games in average (1st, .426), RBI (1st, 28), doubles (T5th, 9), on base percentage (1st, .514), total bases (2nd, 61) and slugging percentage (4th, .649) ... In all games ranked among Big Ten leaders in RBI (T8th, 54), on base percentage (9th, .459), total bases (T7th, 122), home runs (T7th, 11), slugging percentage (T9th, .595) and walks (T6th, 32) ... Went 4-for-4 with two RBI in game four at Iowa and 2-for-5 with three RBI in game one against the Hawkeyes ... Hit .615 against Northwestern, .467 at Michigan and .385 against Purdue ... Hit two home runs in come from behind win against Miami at Fresno State Classic ... Went 6-for-7 with seven RBI in games two and three against Northwestern ... 4-for-5 with three RBI in game one at Michigan ... Had two game-winning runs and one game-winning RBI over the year ... Slow starter raised his average to .356 by the end of the year after falling as low as .269 on April 1 ... Led the Alaska league with .331 average en route to being named an all-league selection at first base by the media.

    2000 - Hit a team-high .400 (8-20) at the Big Ten Tournament ... Hit .333 (3-9) with two runs scored and two RBI at the NCAA Regional ... Had two hits in both games three and four of the tournament and went 3-for-5 in the championship game against Penn State ... Tied for the team lead with seven home runs ... Scored a season-high three runs against UTPA in Illinois' 25-5 season-opening win ... Tied individual school records and set career highs for at bats (8), runs scored (5) and hits (6) against Saint Joseph's ... Set individual Illinois Field records for at bats, hits and runs against Saint Joseph's ... Hit .444 (4-9) with a double as Illinois won three games from Michigan ... Hit .500 (5-10) against Michigan State ... Hit .385 (5-13) with a double and home run against Indiana ... Had 16 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games ... Smacked one of the three Illinois grand slams in 2000 against Illinois State in a pinch hit appearance ... Collected over half of his season doubles, home runs and RBI over the last 23 games ... Average went up from .275 to .353 over that span ... Hit .366 with nine doubles, three triples and four home runs for the Alaska Baseball League Kenai Peninsula Oilers over the summer ... Also an All-Alaska league selection.

    1999 - One of the biggest surprises of the 1999 season hit a UI-freshman record .386 and was the second-leading hitter on a team that returned seven starters from 1998's record-breaking lineup ... Named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and selected the second-team All-Big Ten designated hitter ... Average was as high as .471 as late as April 7 ... Hit .500 (7-14) against Michigan State ... Went 5-5 with four runs scored and three RBI in one game against Western Illinois ... Ranked among the Big Ten's hitting leaders all season ... Recorded a season-high hitting streak of 11 games from March 24 to April 7 ... Hit first collegiate home run in only second at bat of career against Texas-San Antonio ... Collected 14 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games in 1999 ... Only game-winning RBI of season came on a three-run home run against Michigan State in the game Illinois won 7-4 ... Played for the Athletes in Action team in the MINK League, hitting .320 and earning MVP honors at the MINK League all-star game ... Also played 13 games in the summer Alaska League.

    High School - Earned three varsity letters at Cherry Creek, all in baseball ... Hit .406 with three home runs and 28 RBI his senior season ... A Rocky Mountain News all-state pick his senior season ... Participated in the 1998 Top-40 Senior Game as a catcher ... Named Cherry Creek Male Athlete of the Year for 1997-98 ... Selected to play on the AABC All-Star team in the National Amateur All-Star Baseball Tournament (NAABT) in 1998.

    Personal - Parents are Don and Carolyn Simmons ... Majoring in speech communications ... Married former Illini swimmer Molly Busch in December, 2001 ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning three consecutive state championships in high school and playing in Denver's Coors Field ... Favorite athlete is John Elway ... Father most influenced his athletic career because "he always had time to work on anything with me" ... Chose Illinois over Purdue.

    Luke Simmons Career Statistics

    Year GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB K SB AVG.
    1999 43-34 127 33 49 8 0 7 38 78 .614 14 20 0-2 .386
    2000 59-52 190 37 67 10 1 7 43 100 .526 33 28 0-0 .353
    2001 57-57 205 46 73 16 0 11 54 122 .595 32 30 3-4 .356
    Totals 159-143 522 116 189 34 1 25 135 300 .575 79 78 3-6 .362

    Luke Simmons Career Big Ten Statistics

    Year GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB K SB AVG.
    1999 22-19 69 9 20 4 0 2 12 30 .435 3 11 0-0 .290
    2000 25-21 76 11 29 4 0 2 13 39 .513 13 10 0-0 .382
    2001 27-27 94 24 40 9 0 4 28 61 .649 11 16 2-3 .426
    Totals 74-67 239 44 89 17 0 8 53 130 .544 27 37 2-3 .372

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