Junior Becomes Seventh Illini with Three-Homer Game, First Since Argo in 2009
Pitcher Named an NCBWA Second-Team Freshman All-American
Duchene Earns 4th Illini Freshman All-America Honor in Last 6 Years
Pair of Illini Begin Professional Careers
Argo, Jordan Parr, Kevin Johnson Selected; Signee Castellanos Drafted
Photos from Illinois' Honor and Serve Day and 8-6 win over Michigan State.
Photos from the Illini game vs. Ohio State at Illinois Field on April 22, 2012. (Photos by Mark Jones)
Photos from the third-annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue
Photos from Illinois' first day of practice as the Illini prepare for the 2011 season.
April 7, 2010
2011 - Junior: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 43rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft ... Started all 57 games of the season in center field ... Named to All-Big Ten third team ... Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team ... Served as Illinois' lead-off hitter in 20 games and as No. 7 hitter in 26 games ... Illinois was 17-9 when he hit in the No. 7 hole ... Posted 15 multiple-hit games ... Finished the season with a .270 average and a .377 slugging percentage ... Reached base in 16 of the last 17 games ... Went 5-for-12 with an RBI and three runs in the Florida Gulf Coast series ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 25 after hitting .444 with a 1.222 slugging percentage, two homers, one double and seven RBIs in the Michigan State series ... Put together an eight-game hitting streak from May 8-26, going 13-for-29 (.448) ... Hit a team-high .370 with runners in scoring position ... Currently second on Illinois' career steals record list with 76 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Justin Parr and Matt Milroy during the summer.
2010 - Sophomore: Played in all 52 games, starting 51, despite a wrist injury that required postseason surgery ... All 51 starts came in center field and he started 45 games as Illinois' lead-off hitter ... Broke the school record with 41 steals in 45 attempts, leading the Big Ten and ranking fifth in the nation ... His five triples were tied for second in the Big Ten ... Tied for the team lead with 20 multiple-hit games and ranked fourth with seven multiple-RBI games ... Ranked second on the team in average (.318), hits (63), RBIs (33), slugging percentage (.495) and on-base percentage (.421) ... Tied the Illinois record for being the fastest to 100 career hits, equaling Andy Schutzenhofer's 269 at bats ... Stole 17 consecutive bases without being caught to start the season ... Had five consecutive multiple-hit games from March 12-19 ... Reached base at a .464 rate when leading off an inning ... Was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on March 29 after hitting .636 with a 1.182 slugging percentage and three steals ... Went 7-for-12 at the Caravelle Resort Classic with three RBIs and three steals ... Went 7-for-15 in the Penn State series with two RBIs, two runs and three steals ... Stole 7-of-7 bases against EIU and SIU on April 13-14 ... Posted nine multiple-steal games ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League during the summer alongside Illini teammates Bill Barrett and Will Strack.
2009 - Freshman: Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as selected by Collegiate Baseball ... Named to the All-Big Ten third team and the Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Started the final 47 games of the season ... Started 35 at designated hitter, six in right field, five in left field and one in center field ... Hit a team-high 12 home runs, which ranked second on Illinois' freshman home runs record list ... Ranked fourth on the team in average, first in slugging percentage, fourth in on-base percentage, third in runs, doubles, total bases and stolen bases ... Became what is believed to be the second player in college baseball to hit three home runs in his college debut when hit hit three dingers at No. 1 LSU on March 7 ... Featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the March 23 issue for his achievement at No. 1 LSU on March 7 ... Went 3-for-3 with three homers, five RBIs, four runs and a walk in that game ... Hit 7-for-12 with a homer, two doubles, six RBIs and five runs in the Akron series (March 13-15) ... Dominated the Penn State series, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with three homers, eight RBIs, six runs and a 1.667 slugging percentage from April 24-26 ... Homered twice in the Northwestern series ... Had a career-best 11-game hitting streak from April 22-May 6 ... Went 5-for-9 with two doubles, five RBIs, three runs and three walks in the Purdue series (May 14-16), reaching base in his first 10 plate appearances of the series ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League during the summer alongside Illini teammates Mike Giller and Corey Kimes.HIGH SCHOOL
Drafted in the 49th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks ... Named the 2008 Male Athlete of the Year by both the Des Moines Register and Quad City Times ... Four-sport athlete who was named an Elite All-State outfielder in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Named captain of the 2008 All-State team after leading Assumption to a Class 2A state title ... Hit .508 with five home runs and 39 RBIs for the state runner-up Assumption team in 2007 ... Hit .481 with 13 home runs and 57 RBIs as a sophomore to lead Assumption to a state championship in 2006 ... Earned 13 varsity letters at Assumption - four each in baseball and wrestling, three in football and two in track and field ... Holds the Iowa class 4A record for career touchdowns (83) ... Holds the Mississippi Athletic Conference record for career (456) and season (210) points scored ... Captain of the 2008 4A All-State football team ... Named a first-team All-State running back in 2007, a second-team All-State linebacker in 2006 and a second-team All-State defensive back in 2005 ... Placed third at the Iowa state wrestling meet in both 2007 and 2008 at 189 pounds, going 43-1 in 2008 ... Anchored 4x100 and 4x200 relays that finished third and second, respectively, at the 2008 Iowa Class 2A state track meet, and finished seventh in the 100 meters ... Finished sixth in the 100 meters at the Iowa state track meet in 2007. PERSONAL
Born Oct. 15, 1989 ... Born Oct. 15, 1989 ... Parents are Billy and Kathleen Argo ... Majoring in sport management ... Hit a home run in the 2001 Little League World Series against the Bronx, N.Y., team that included Danny Almonte, with his home run bouncing off Lamade Statue in center field ... Member of National Honor Society and the Student Ambassadors ... Has five younger siblings, three brothers and two sisters ... Ken Griffey Jr. is his favorite athlete.