Softball


Sarah Baumgartner
Sarah Baumgartner
22

Hometown:
Wheaton, Ill.

High School:
Wheaton- Warrenville South

Height:
5-10

Position:
CF

Birthdate:
02/15/1982

Bats/Throws:
R/R

2004 Highlights
• Replaced Rachelle Coriddi in the line-up in season finale vs. Iowa and is 5-for-8 with a home run, a run scored and six RBI.
• Hit a home run in Big Ten title game vs. Michigan State.
• Won Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
• Claimed four Illinois Spirit Awards in her career.
• Has started 187 games in her career, including 22 this season.
• Was 2-for-3 with a run scored vs. UC-Riverside.
• Delivered two-run single vs. then #14 LSU at the Tiger Classic on Feb. 6.
• Has spent much of this season as a pinch runner.
• Returned to the line-up in place of injured Rachelle Coriddi on May 9 and delivered the game-winning RBI. Started in left field.
• Drove in 20 runs and had a .407 slugging percentage in 2003.
• Invited to NCAA Leadership Workshop last May.

2003 Highlights:
• Claimed the Illinois Spirit Award for the enitre university and received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. • Batted .293 in Big Ten play with a home run and three RBI. • Hit .464 (13 of 28) from March 26-April 13. • Won the Team's Spirit Award (sponsored by the On-Deck Circle) for the third straight season. • Ranks third on Illinois' all-time stolen base percentage list (25-30, .833) • Has started 170 games since missing the first 17 games of the 2001 season. • Surpassed her career high in RBI with 20 driven in.. • Had a .407 slugging percentage .• Tied an Illinois record by going 4-for-4 against Eastern Illinois, nearly hitting for the cycle with two singles, a double and a triple. • Academic All-Big Ten.

2002 Highlights:
Started all 58 Illini games in center field and finished the year with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Had seven multiple-hit games and two multiple RBI games • Longest hitting streak of seven games began on April 7 against Northwestern and ended at Penn State on April 19. During that streak, Baumgartner was 9-for-21 with two doubles. • Won the Illinois Spirit Award for second straight season.

2001 Highlights:
• Missed first 17 games due to foot injury • Started every game but one in center field after returning. • Became the first Illinois player to hit a home run at Eichelberger Field as she hit a solo shot in a 7-0 win vs. Valparaiso • Hit a three-run home run at Eichelberger Field vs. Michigan State on Mar. 30, 2001 in a 4-1 Illinois victory. The shot went to the deepest part of the ballpark, easily clearing the 210-foot fence in center field.

High School:
Earned 2000 All-Conference recipient in the DuPage Valley Conference. • Named captain and earned MVP honors as a senior • A member of Super 60 player list • Named to third team all-state by Chicago Sun-Times • All-area honoree for the Daily Herald • Received 1999 most improved player award for Wheaton-Warrenville South High School and earned all-conference honors • Also all-conference recipient for 1999-2000 DVC-champion and regional champion basketball team • All-conference and MVP award winner for volleyball in 1999 • High school coach was Ron Muhitch. • Club coach was Jeff Grace.

Personal:
• Born Feb. 15, 1982 • Parents are Douglas and Margaret Baumgartner • Attended NCAA Leadership Conference last May. • Member of student government all four years in high school • Named to the French Honor Society as a junior • Contributed to high school yearbook her senior year • Enjoys reading, mountain biking and rollerblading • Majoring in business administration.

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