Outfielder/DH Willie Argo was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American on Wednesday, becoming Illinois' second Freshman All-American in the past two years.
June 3, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Illinois freshman outfielder/DH Willie Argo (Davenport, Iowa) was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday after posting one of the most memorable rookie seasons in recent memory. Argo was named a third-team All-Big Ten selection as well as being selected to the Big Ten's All-Freshman team after hitting .355 with 47 RBIs, 12 home runs and 10-of-14 stolen bases, the second-most home runs, fourth-most RBIs and eighth-best average by a freshman in school history.
He is Illinois' second Freshman All-American in the last two years, as Casey McMurray earned the honor in 2008, and is one of six Big Ten student-athletes to earn the honor. For the season, Argo led Illinois in home runs and ranked third in RBIs, averaging a team-best 1.0 RBIs per game played.
Argo started his career with a bang, hitting three home runs in his first three career at bats at No. 1 LSU on March 7. He stayed consistent throughout the season, being named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 27 after hitting .667, slugging 1.667 and driving in eight runs while hitting three home runs in a series at Penn State.
He had an 11-game hitting streak from April 22-May 6 and had 18 multiple-hit games with 11 multiple-RBI games. In addition, he hit six home runs in a span of eight games from April 24-May 3, and raised his average 41 points over the last 18 games of the season.
Argo is currently playing for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Mike Giller and Corey Kimes. Through six games, he is hitting .238 with two home runs, three RBIs, six runs, five walks and is 5-for-5 in stolen bases while playing center field and hitting in the middle of the Bucks' order in each game.