Baseball


Joe Sprengard
Joe Sprengard
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

High School:
St. Xavier

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180

Position:
RHP

Birthdate:
02/28/1978

1999:
* Saw time at both catcher and pitcher
* Hit .222 in 18 at bats, including three starts on Spring Trip
* Starts came against Duquesne, Jacksonville, North Florida and Southern Illinois in home opener
* On the mound, posted a 3.00 ERA in two appearances
* Threw one inning of hitless ball against Eastern Illinois in collegiate pitching debut
* Gave up one run in two innings against Western Michigan
* Played for the Southern Minny Stars of the Northwoods League, posting a 1-3 record with 5.22 ERA in 58 2/3 innings of work

1998:
* Hit .364 in 12 appearances, including one start, which came at third base in game four against Purdue
* Went 2-2 with two doubles against Greenville
* Saw action in the Big Ten Tournament against Penn State and at the regional in the final game against Florida
* Learned to catch over the summer

1997:
* Started the first two-thirds of the season at shortstop
* Finished the season as a utility infielder
* Was 2-6 with a double and run scored over the Saturday doubleheader against Ohio State
* Hit his first collegiate extra-base hit with a double to centerfield against Ohio State
* Set a season high with two hits against Michigan State
* Hit a crucial single in the fourth inning of the Illini's 6-4 win over Alabama-Birmingham

HIGH SCHOOL:
* An outstanding all-around athlete, earned 10 letters in high school: two in basketball and four each in football and baseball
* Named an all-city and all-Greater Catholic League shortstop his senior year and all-city second team in football during his final two seasons
* Helped St. Xavier to a third-place finish at the state baseball tournament as a sophomore
* Participated in the National Junior Olympics
* Led his summer baseball team, the Midland Redskins, to a second-place finish at the Connie Mack World Series

PERSONAL:
* Born February 28, 1978
* Parents are Joseph and Donna Sprengard
* Has one sister, Jamee
* Majoring in speech communications with hopes to pursue a job in sales or management
* Member of the Illinois Student-Athlete Advisory Board for two years
* His cousin, Dave, played baseball at Kansas, while his uncle, Dan, played at Kansas Community College
* Came to Illinois because of the baseball program, but now thinks his teammates and the college atmposphere of Champaign are the best things about going to school at Illinois
* Says his biggest thrill in sports was playing in front of 6,000 Florida fans doing the Gator-Chop during the 1998 NCAA regional finals
* Admires former Cincinnati Red and future Hall of Famer Pete Rose for his incredible work ethic and love for the game
* A member of the National Honor Society in high school
* A member of Big Buddies and the student government in high school
* A high school football teammate of former Illinois defensive back Mike Gusich and fullback Chris Hoffman
* Enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends
* Chose Illinois over Clemson, Northwestern and South Carolina

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