Orange and Blue ranked 23rd in the nation in team GPA
Booker joins former teammate Danielle Zymkowitz on pro team
Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Top-seeded Wolverines defeat Illinois, 8-2, in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Illinois to face top-seeded No. 10 Michigan in Friday's Quarterfinal
University of Illinois commencement was held at Memorial Stadium on May 17, 2014. (photos by Mark Jones and Derek Neal)
Double header against Michigan on April 26, 2014.
Double header games against Northwestern
Illinois played Nebraska with each team taking away a win on April 5, 2014.
Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14
2014 - Senior: Played every inning in left field, hitting a personal best .371 with a .515 slugging percentage and a .429 on base percentage ... Tabbed 62 hits, seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 17 walks in 167 at bats, going 12-for-13 in stolen bases ... Recorded her second consecutive season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, completing her career with the best fielding percentage for an outfielder in program history, ranking fifth overall with a .988 mark ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 44th in the nation in triples (4) ... Finished her career ranked sixth all-time with a lifetime .327 average, eighth in on base percentage (.388), seventh in triples (5) and fifth in stolen bases (44) ... Entered the final game of her career with the best stolen base percentage in program history, but was caught stealing in her last career attempt, finishing ranked third at .846 (44-for-52) ... Registered the second-longest single-season hitting streak in school history, hitting safely in 15 straight games from Feb. 22 to Mar. 26. Also tallied an 18-game reached base streak ... Drilled a pair of two-run triples in the opening day doubleheader ... Stole her first base of the season against IUPUI, going 2-for-3 with her first career home run and two runs scored ... Hit safely in all five games at the Rosemont Rumble, including three extra-base hits ... Went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run against Binghamton ... Hit safely in all four games at the UTA Hilton Invitational, hitting .529 with a 1.000 slugging percentage to earn Big Ten Player or the Week honors ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run against UMKC ... Made history against Creighton, becoming the first Illini and second Big Ten player ever to hit for the cycle, adding three RBI and two runs scored ... Finished the weekend by driving in the game-winning run with a two-run double in the fifth inning against UT Arlington, then stealing third and scoring, to lead Illinois past UTA, 4-2 ... Totaled eight hits at the FAU Tournament, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases against No. 14 South Alabama, then 3-for-3 with a walk and a double against Hofstra ... Hit safely in all three games at the Fighting Illini Classic, going 2-for-4 with an RBI against Omaha ... Hit .600 against Iowa, going 3-for-4 in the first game, 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two RBI in the second game, and driving in the game-winning run in extras in the finale ... Went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in the Minnesota series opener, then was 2-for-3 in game two ... Did not make an out in the series opener against No. 20 Nebraska, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks and two runs scored ... Stole home to tie the score in the sixth inning in the Wisconsin series opener ... Went 2-for-3 with a walk in game one against No. 25 Northwestern ... Went 2-for-3 with a two runs scored in the Illini's run-rule victory over No. 4 Michigan ... Hit an RBI triple in the Penn State series opener, then doubled and scored in the finale ... Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after going 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI against Iowa then hitting 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Michigan.
2013 - Junior: Played in 47 of 49 games, starting 46, all in left field ... Led the team for the second-straight season, hitting .352 with a .427 on base percentage ... Tallied 51 hits, five doubles, a triple, 18 walks, 33 runs and 13 RBI ... Had a team-best 12 multi-hit performances, including two 4-hit games, while tallying Illini-long streaks of 10 games with a hit and 16-straight reaching base ... Became just the third Illini ever to tab 20 stolen bases in a single season, going 20-for-21 on the basepaths to rank second all time with a .952 SB% ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in total stolen bases and fourth with eight in Big Ten play ... Had the most fielding chances of all Big Ten players with a 1.000 fielding percentage, making 94 flawless plays in left, including seven outfield assists ... Helped the Illini rank in the top 50 in the nation in stolen bases, finishing 72nd individually ... After three seasons, she ranks eighth in career batting average (.305), 12th in on base percentage (.368), seventh in stolen bases (32) and fifth in stolen base percentage (.821) ... Hit .474 with nine hits, six runs, four SB and two RBI at the UNI Dome Tournament ... Scored two runs, stole two bases and drove in a run vs. North Dakota State ... Was 2-for-4 with a run vs. Green Bay ... Went 4-for-4 with three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI vs. UNI ... Had four outfield assists at the Houston Invite, throwing out two runners at the plate against Houston on Feb. 15 and turning the Illini's first double play, throwing a Longhorn out at the plate in an attempt at a sacrifice fly ... Hit .647 (11-for-17) with five runs, four RBI and three stolen bases at the USF Under Armour Invitational, with a hit in all five games ... Went 3-for-4 with a run against No. 19 Kentucky ... Went 2-for-4 with two two-out RBI against Maine ... Broke up Toledo's no-hitter in the sixth inning, generating Illinois' only hit of the game ... Went 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in the Illini's victory over Providence ... 2-for-3 with a walk against Loyola, extending her hitting streak to six games ... Had a hit in all three games vs. Wisconsin, stealing two bases and scoring the lone run of the Saturday DH opener ... Walked, singled and scored in the series finale against No. 24 Nebraska ... Went 2-for-4 against Indiana State ... Got two hits in the Northwestern finale off Amy Letourneau, who had thrown two no-hitters in the previous eight days ... Singled in all three games of the Minnesota series, scoring two runs and tabbing an RBI. Was robbed of being credited with a second hit in the series finale, due to a baserunner getting thrown out on the play ... Moved to the three spot in the lineup for the Indiana series, where she went 6-for-9 with a 1.000 slugging percentage with four runs and two RBI, hitting 3-for-3 with runners in scoring position. She went 3-for-4 with a single, double and her first career triple in game one, then went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and an RBI in the finale ... Extended her hitting streak to eight games at Iowa, tallying three hits, a walk, two runs and two RBI ... Registered a team-best 10-game hitting streak from April 14-27, ending it with a day she walked three times at MSU ... Walked four times, scored five runs and stole three bases in the Michigan State series ... Went 2-for-5 with a double at SIU ... Walked, doubled and scored against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.
2012 - Sophomore: Hit .303 (37-for-122) over 52 appearances and 41 starts, scoring 13 runs while driving in seven more and drawing 11 walks for a .361 on base percentage ... Was successful in nine stolen base attempts while recording a .976 fielding percentage while playing in left and center ... Had at least one base knock in 13 of the final 17 contests, including five multi-hit games, while reaching safely in all but one contest courtesy of three additional walks ... Opened the season with a pair of starts in right field against Massachusetts and No. 25 Louisville on Feb. 10 before pinch-hitting against UAB on Feb. 11 ... Stole her first base of the season at Florida International on Feb. 12 ... Was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI against #10 Tennessee on Feb. 17 ... Led the Illini with a .500 batting average at the USF Invitational, held in Clearwater, Fla., from March 16-18, including 2-for-3 performances against UMass All-American Sara Plourde on March 17 and against Chattanooga ace Taylor Deason on March 18 ... Also batted .500 (4-for-8) against Minnesota during a three-game series from March 24-25, adding a run scored and a walk ... Totaled a pair of two-hit performances against Iowa, doing so in game one against the Hawkeyes on March 31 and the finale on April 1 ... Was 2-for-4 against Nebraska during game two on April 6, her sixth two-hit game of the season ... Notched a pair of two-hit games against Wisconsin on April 15, finishing 4-for-7 with two RBIs on the day ... Was 2-for-2 with a run scored in Illinois' 3-1 win over Purdue on April 21st before adding an RBI-single in the second half of the doubleheader with the Boilermakers ... Singled and stole second against DePaul on April 24 ... Was 2-for-4 with a walk at No. 22 Michigan in Illinois' 5-1 extra inning victory on April 28 ... Totaled a walk, RBI and run scored against Southern Illinois on May 2 ... Had a hit and a run scored in each of the three contests against Penn State, drawing four walks over the series to reach base seven times in 12 plate appearances ... Tallied a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning during the series finale against Penn State on May 6 ... Added her final multi-hit contest of the season against Northwestern, going 2-for-3 in game two on May 11.
2011 - Freshman: Saw time in 47 games, making 22 starts ... Split appearances between pinch running, left field and center field ... Hit .209 with 14 hits in 67 at bats ... Scored 22 runs, the fifth-most of any Illini player ... Recorded her first collegiate hit, a single, against Texas-San Antonio on February 12 in only her third at bat of the season ... Tallied her first collegiate multi-hit game against Cal State Fullerton during the Judi Garman Classic, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk ... Went 2-for-3 as a pinch hitter/center fielder against Southern Illinois on March 23 ... Earned a nomination for Illini Female Newcomer of the Year.
High School: Warren Township Female Athlete of the Year and IHSA Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention in 2010 ... All-North Suburban Conference from 2007-10 for Warren Township High School ... Four-time News-Sun All-Lake County ... Daily Herald All-Area from 2007-10 ... Lake County Journals All-Area in 2007 and 2008 ... Played travel ball for the Lake County Liberty for coaches Don Moretti and Mike Miguire ... Liberty's all-time leader in hits (214), RBIs (209), runs scored (147), total bases (292), stolen bases (73) ... Led the Liberty to the ASA/USA 18U Class A Nationals in 2008 and 2009 ... Hit .485 for Liberty during 2009-10 season, which set a single season program record ... Attained "Elite Athlete" ranking at 2008 FL Rising Stars Skills Camp ... Ranked first out of 393 players in the 2008 Pennsbury SPARQ Agility Camp ... Named Exceptional Offensive Player at the 2007 USSSA State Tournament ... 2007 USSSA State Tournament All-Tournament Team ... Participated in the 2010 Super 60 Senior All-Star Game as a senior ... Three-sport athlete has four letters in softball, three in basketball and two in volleyball ... Also a member of the President's Council from 2008-10 ... Served as a D.A.R.E Role Model (2008-10) ... Warren Township coach was Carri McGahan.
Personal: Daughter of Theresa Jarocz ... Born October 15, 1991 ... Has one brother, Gordon ... Majoring in Recreation, Sport and Tourism.
Getting to Know Alex:
Biggest sports thrill: Winning as the underdog and games that come down to the last inning
Who most influenced your athletic career? "My brother, because when we were young we played every sport together."
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite Quote: "Respect all, fear none."
Favorite Musicians: Eminem and Jason Mraz
Dream Job: Sports Broadcaster
Why did you choose to play softball at Illinois? "Great academic history, close to home and because I want to win a championship."