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    Joe Sprengard
    8 Joe Sprengard
    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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