Illini Look to Qualify for Big Ten Tournament to Remain in Minneapolis
Fall Practice - Final Day
2007 Senior: Named one of Collegiate Baseball's Top Players to Watch in the Big Ten ... Started all 58 games, 45 in left field and 13 in right field ... After opening the season 0-for-7, put together a 25-game hitting streak, breaking the Illinois school record for longest hitting streak ... Notched 20 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games, the second- and third-most on the team, respectively ... Hit lead-off for 212 of his 229 at bats, hitting .349 as the lead-off man ... Hit .385 with a .429 on-base percentage when he led off the game, notching 20 first-inning hits and eight first-inning doubles ... His 21 doubles rank sixth on the single-season doubles chart ... Finished his career 21st on the school batting average chart ... Caught fire at Purdue, going 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and three runs in the opener, and 9-for-16 (.563) with six runs and five RBI ... Put together a streak of five-straight multiple-hit games from April 27-May 2, going 14-for-25 (.560) ... Went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI at Southern Illinois ... Ended his career with a six-game hitting streak.
2006 Junior: Named second team All-Big Ten ...Played and started 57 games, missing just the season's second game vs. South Florida (2/25) ...Led Illinois in average (.342), slugging (.464), on-base percentage (.435), runs (53), hits (76), doubles (20) and total bases (103) ...Led the Illini with 24 multiple-hit games and served as the lead-off hitter in 47 games, taking over the job at the beginning of Spring Trip ...Showed versatility in the outfield, starting 39 games in left, 16 in right and one in center while being the DH once ...Reached base in every plate appearance of a game twice, vs. Cornell on 3/24 and at Eastern Illinois (4/25), going 6-for-6 in those two games with four walks, six runs and three RBI ...Had a stellar game in the series finale at Minnesota, going 5-for-6 with two RBI, two runs and a steal ...Hit .500 against Minnesota (8-for-16) with six runs, five RBI, his first career home run and two steals ...Rose as high as No. 3 nationally in doubles per game with 18 doubles in 36 games through 4/23 ...Had a strong series at Michigan State, hitting .556 (10-for-18) with a triple, three runs and two RBI ...Had three three-hit games at Michigan State ...Went 5-for-7 with four doubles, three runs and an RBI in two games against Western Michigan ...Stole a career-high 2-of-2 bases at Bradley (4/11) ...Had four games with two doubles - 3/3 at USF, 4/4 and 4/5 vs. WMU, and 4/9 at OSU ...Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League over the summer with Illini teammates Dominic Altobelli, Aaron Martin and Shawn Roof.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
2004-05: Played at Kaskaskia Community College, where he hit .381 with a .680 slugging percentage in 58 games in 2005 ...Scored 50 runs, drove in 28 and had 20 stolen bases with a .473 on-base percentage in 2005 ...Named team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for KCC ...Named to the 2005 Region 24 All-Tournament Team ...Earned Academic All-Great Rivers Conference Honors in 2005 ...Named KCC Rookie of the Year in 2004.
Teammate of current Illini Ryan Hastings ...Helped lead Mattoon American Legion squad to a 2003 Illinois state championship and Great Lakes Regional runner-up finish ...Named to the 2003 All-Area team ...Earned six varsity letters at Mattoon, three each in baseball and football.
Born Oct. 1, 1984, in Carbondale, Ill. ...Son of David and Kimberly Snowden ...Majoring in community health ...Has two brothers, Patric and Ian ...Enjoys fishing outside of baseball ...Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning the 2003 American Legion state tournament ...His favorite athlete is Albert Pujols because he plays hard and is a great teammate ...Past summer jobs include working at DeBuhr's Seed and Feed in Mattoon ...Plans to earn a graduate degree ...His Fighting Illini hero growing up was Deon Thomas.