McInerney Joins Class of 2013 Enrollees

Pat McInerney will join the Illini for the 2013-14 academic year.
Pat McInerney will join the Illini for the 2013-14 academic year.

March 5, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb announced the addition of Pat McInerney to the class of 2013 on Tuesday. McInerney, who will join the Illini for the 2013-14 academic year, is from Glen Ellyn, Ill., and attends Benet Academy High School. He can play multiple positions as a first baseman and outfielder.

He will join OF/1B Anthony Drago (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich HS), OF Alex Greer (Liberty, Mo./Fort Osage HS/Iowa Western CC), RHP/SS Matthew James (Normal, Ill./Normal West HS), RHP/SS Ryne Roper (Harrisburg, Ill./Harrisburg HS), OF Dan Rowbottom (Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Ignatius HS), and RHP/OF Cody Sedlock (Sherrard, Ill/Alleman HS) as the seventh member of the class of 2013 set to become an Illini.

Pat McInerney, OF/1B
6-5 // 215 // R/R // Fr. // Glen Ellyn, Ill. // Benet Academy HS
Notes: Three-year starter ... Earned four varsity letters between baseball and basketball ... Was second on team with four home runs in 2012 as team finished third in the East Suburban Catholic Conference ... Hit over .400 for Benet with five doubles, three home runs and six stolen bases during the summer of 2012 ... Member of the all-tournament team at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla. ... Plans to major in business.

Associate head coach Eric Snider on McInerney: "Pat is a physical two-sport athlete with a solid right-handed hitting approach and power to all fields. He has good plate awareness and presence along with above average base running skills and instincts for his size. He has a good feel defensively and is a competitive, hard-working player with tremendous upside and the ability to play multiple positions. He comes from an athletic family and will be a great fit academically as a student in the College of Business."