Head coach 'Itch' Jones envisions new signee Ted Rowe both pitching and playing the outfield for Illinois.
Nov. 21, 2000
Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois baseball team added outfielder/righthanded pitcher Ted Rowe to its recruiting class, Head Coach Itch Jones announced earlier today. The 5-7, 180-pounder from Dunlap, Ill., is currently a freshman at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.
"Ted is a two-way player who is a very good athlete," Jones said. "He has outstanding speed and a great arm. He has the ability to play two ways at the Division I level and has experience as a closer."
At Logan, Rowe started in centerfield for the Volunteers this fall and hit leadoff, allowing him to feature his 6.7-6.8 speed. Rowe also pitched for the Volunteers, mainly out of the bullpen. He features a 90-91 mph fastball along with a slider.
Rowe, a four-year starter at Dunlap High School, was a first-team all-conference selection as a pitcher. Illinois coaches project him as being able to play both ways, contributing both as an outfielder and out of the bullpen. The son on Larry Rowe and Misty Menold, Rowe will have sophomore eligibility when he enrolls at Illinois next fall.
Rowe joins a recruiting class that already includes Dusty Bensko (Pleasant Plains, Ill.), Emanuel Bishop (Belleville, Ill.), Brian Blomquist (Carol Stream, Ill.), Jim Conroy (Rock Island, Ill.), Drew Davidson (West Des Moines, Iowa), Josh Lane (Mascoutah, Ill.) and James Morris (Eldorado, Ill.).