Illinois returns majority of offense, gains young talent in pitching rotation
The team posted a GPA of 3.50 in the Fall, including 3.60 for scholarship students
Six rookies excel in their first year in the classroom
Illinois finished the regular season 11-1 including a 10-game winning streak
Alex Booker and Jami Schkade among 10 players on Big Ten All-Defensive Team
Photos from the Illini's 5-4 extra-innings victory over Indiana on April 20, 2013.
Photos from the Illini's Big Ten game versus Nebraska on March 30
Photos from Illinois' game vs. Wisconsin on March 23, 2013
Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.
Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
2013 - Sophomore:Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2B) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... Appeared in 39 games as a sophomore, making 34 starts at second base ... Was the only Big Ten starting infielder to go errorless in conference play, earning a spot on the inaugural Big Ten All-Defensive Team ... Tallied nine hits, including two doubles and a triple, with two RBI, seven walks and five runs in 61 at-bats ...Hit a leadoff double in the seventh inning vs. Drake when the Illini trailed, 3-2 ... Singled with a runner on first in the fifth inning against Georgia Tech to put a runner in scoring position ... Registered her first career triple against Maine, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the Illini victory ... Led off the ninth inning with a single, then came in to score the game-winning run against Loyola for the Illini's first extra-inning victory of the year ... Had two hits in the Wisconsin series, including a two-out double in the fourth inning of the series opener ... Walked in a run and scored in the series finale against Indiana ... Walked to load the bases in the eighth inning at SIU, helping the Illini to take a 4-2 lead, then made the final play of the game in the bottom of the eighth to clinch the Illini's ninth-straight victory.
2012 - Freshman:Secured 15 hits, including a pair of doubles, while scoring 11 runs and earning nine RBIs in 52 games played, including 38 starts ... Served mainly as Illinois' second baseman, also drawing seven walks while stealing four bases ... Started at second in her first game played for the Illini, going 1-for-3 against #25 Louisville on Feb. 10 with a single ... Went 1-for-1 with two RBIs and a walk against Michigan State on Feb. 11, earning her first extra-base hit with an RBI double ... Was 1-for-4 with a run scored against No. 10 Tennessee on Feb. 19 ... Connected for an RBI single in Illinois' 4-2 win over UMass on Feb. 25 ... Tallied a two-run double at UNLV on March 3, also reaching on a hit by pitch ... Had a career game against Wisconsin during the second half of an April 15 doubleheader, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI ... Totaled one hit and scored a run during the second half of Illinois' April 21st doubleheader with Purdue, before adding a run-scoring single with two outs in the first inning of the rubber match on April 22, giving the Illini a 3-2 lead in the process ... Knocked the go-ahead RBI-single to left field in the fourth inning against Southern Illinois on May 2, also stealing her third base of the season during the contest ... Scored the winning run during the May 6 walk-off victory over Penn State, singling and taking second on an error before moving to third on an Alex Booker base hit and scoring on another Nittany Lion error.
High School:Three-time All-Texas First Team recipient ... Two-time Central Texas All-Big Country ... Three-time First Team All-District ... Two-time District MVP (2010-11) ... Hit .531 with a .776 slugging percentage, 17 doubles, three triples and 41 RBIs as a senior, leading Albany to the Texas State Tournament in the process ... Posted a .554 batting average during junior season, totaling 16 doubles, eight triples and two home runs to go with 45 RBIs ... Led club team, Texas Impact Gold, to third overall at the ASA Gold National Championship in 2011 after earning fourth in 2010 ... Also lettered in volleyball and track, finishing second in the mile relay at the Texas State Championships as a senior while earning a bid for the state track competitions on three occasions ... National Honor Society ... Participates in charitable organizations and community service outside of the classroom, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal:Daughter of James and Teresa Schkade ... Born July 31, 1992 ... Practicipates in a number of charitable causes, including the Fellowship of Christian Student-Athletes, Student-Athletes Leading Social Change, Hometown Heroes and the Leadership Academy ... Majoring in Community Health.
Who most influenced your athletic career? "My dad, he always pushed me to exceed my limits and taught me to never settle."
Favorite Actor: Gerard Butler
Favorite Actress: Rachel McAdams
Hobbies: Bow hunting, fishing, jet skiing, riding four-wheelers and spending time with friends.