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    Alex Booker
    15 Alex Booker
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Gurnee, Ill.

    High School:
    Warren Township

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    OF

    Birthdate:
    10/15/1991

    Bats/Throws:
    L/R

    03/28/2014

    Home Runs Lead No. 15 Minnesota Past Illinois in Series Opener

    Jess Perkins went deep for the Illini, but the Golden Gophers won, 8-3

    03/22/2014

    Illini Split DH, Take Series Finale with Extra-Inning Dramatics

    Iowa won a slugfest, 10-7, but Illinois took the DH nightcap, 4-3, in eight innings

    03/21/2014

    Hawkeyes Storm Back to Top Illini, 4-3, in Extras

    Iowa broke up Needham's one-hit shutout with two runs in the top of the seventh

    03/15/2014

    Illini Stunned Late, Bounce Back in Game Two for DH Split

    Six-run seventh led NDSU to 7-4 win; Illini def. Omaha 6-1

    03/14/2014

    Happy Homecoming: Illini Slug Past Broncos, 13-1, in Home Opener

    Eight-run fourth inning solidifies big victory

    04/24/2014

    Illinois vs. Northwestern- 4-22-14

    Double header games against Northwestern

    04/10/2014

    Illinois vs. Nebraska- 4/5/14

    Illinois played Nebraska with each team taking away a win on April 5, 2014.

    03/18/2014

    Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14

    Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14

    03/17/2014

    Softball vs. North Dakota State-3/15/14

    Photos from the Illini's game against North Dakota State on March 15, 2014

    04/20/2013

    Illinois vs. Indiana

    Photos from the Illini's 5-4 extra-innings victory over Indiana on April 20, 2013.

    Career Game-By-Game Stats: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

    2013 - Junior: All-Big Ten Second Team ... Big Ten All-Defensive Team (OF) ... CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Big Ten Second Team ... NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten... 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."

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