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    LeeAnn Butcher
    7 LeeAnn Butcher
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Casey, Ill.

    High School:
    Casey-Westfield

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    OF

    Bats/Throws:
    L/R

    2005 Highlights
    • On Illinois career list ranks fourth in batting average (.305), fifth in on-base percentage (.345), 7th in games played (223), 6th in at bats (570), third in runs scored (105), and fifth in hits (191). • Hit safely in five of six games and batted .571 at the Getterman Classic, including going 4-for-4 with two runs scored vs. Centenary. • Had six straight hits vs. Loyola

    2004 Highlights:
    • Tied her career high in stolen bases (16), which ranked sixth in the Big Ten • Was 3-for-3 with two bunt singles, an RBI and a stolen base in 11-0 win over DePaul at the Kia Classic, then went 3-for-5 at DePaul on April 21. • Tied for third in school history in stolen bases (40).• Batted .385 (5-for-13) at the Stanford Classic •Moved to center field with the injury to Rachelle Coriddi for the stretch drive • Batted over .300 in each of the six NCAA Regional games, which included seven hits, one stolen base, and no errors.

    2003 Highlights:
    • Slap hitting specialist. • Started in every outfield position • Appeared in 46 games this season, starting 38 games, 27 of those at DP. • Ranks third in Illinois history in career batting average (.293) • Ranks fourth in school history with 24 career stolen bases.• Batting .239, but .258 during Big Ten play, thus hitting better in Big Ten games than overall for the second straight season. • Led off eight times and batted ninth 29 times. • Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored vs. Coastal Carolina.

    2002 Highlights:
    • Slap-hitting specialist, ranked second on the team in hitting (.336), the third-highest single-season average in Illini history • First-Team All-Big Ten Selection • All-Region selection. • Led all Big Ten freshman in batting average • Batted .363 in conference play • Tied for second on the team in stolen bases with 16 (third most in a season in Illini history) and set an Illinois record by stealing the first nine bases of her career • Started all 58 games, 41 in right field • Hit safely in eight straight games from April 7-26, batting .455 during that stretch • Was 3-for-4 vs. Birmingham Southern on Feb. 9.

    High School:
    •Decatur Herald & Review Player of the Year in 2001 • Chicago Tribune All-State Team • All-Little Illini Conference performer in 2000 and 2001 • Coached by Dave Shawver and Denny Throneburg in high school • IHSA State Tournament Team in 2000 and 2001.

    Personal:
    Named co-valedictorian of her high school class • Born on Aug. 5, 1983 • Daughter of Tony and Sherri Butcher • Enjoys shopping and playing volleyball • Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. • Majoring in Spanish.

    Getting to know LeeAnn...


    Nickname: LA
    Favorite TV show: Nip/Tuck
    Favorite musical group: Creedance Clearwater Revival
    Favorite class and/or professor: Spanish Linguistics
    My dream job would be: A full-time shopper
    Top childhood memory..: Riding 4 wheelers with my sister and my neighbors and playing in the woods with them.
    What I've learned from Coach Sullivan: To always have a positive attitude and to surround yourself with good people.
    What could you not go for a day without?: Shopping or spending money
    what do you do on road trips to pass the time?: Play euchre tournaments with Elene, Laura and Jenna. Jenna and I are partners and we beat the other two all the time!
    I chose my jersey number because...: My little sister wears the same number at Parkland Community College.

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