Softball


Elene Planinsek
Elene Planinsek
10

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rockdale, Ill.

High School:
Joliet High School

Height:
5-7

Position:
OF

Birthdate:
06/07/1983

Bats/Throws:
R/R

2004 Highlights:
• Started 17 games at DP • Scored 13 runs in 44 appearances as DP and a pinch runner. • started the first game of every Big Ten series after April 28. • Had a three-game hitting streak against Baylor and in the Illinois State doubleheader. • Went 3-for-5 in the Minnesota series with an RBI and a stolen base. • Had stolen four of the six bases she has attempted in 2004. • Since May 2, batted .429 (6-for-14) with two RBI and three runs scored.

2003 Highlights:
• Served mainly in a pinch runner capacity with eight runs scored and four stolen bases on the year • Appeared in 42 games, starting three-- vs. Bradley and Eastern Illinois and UMass -- at designated player • Started against UMass in the NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., singling home a run • Batted .286 with a .444 on-base percentage.

2002 Highlights:
Appeared in 43 games, starting 13 • Used primarily as a pinch hitter/pinch runner • Scored 10 runs and drove in another four • Started three games in right field and 10 at designated player • Batted lead-off, sixth, seventh, and ninth in the order • Went 5-for-11 in four games vs. Eastern Illinois and Iowa • Came through with a pinch-hit RBI vs. Wisconsin in the first game of a doubleheader, then started the next five games.

High School:
Three-sport athlete also played basketball and volleyball • Along with current Illinois player Katie O'Connell, played for 2000 state champion Joliet softball team coached by Dale O'Connell • That 2000 team also won the Washington Tournament title • Named all-area center fielder two years and all-SICA West as a senior • Coached by Al Mart (volleyball), Chuck Mueller, Michelle Vanderhyden, and Dennis Brady (basketball), and Denis Odle, Brian Lynch, Dale O'Connell and Glenn Hughes (softball).

Personal:
Born on June 7, 1983 • Daughter of James and Connie Planinsek • Enjoys movies, babysitting and camping • Member of National Honor Society and the yearbook staff. • Finalist for Miss "J," the ideal senior at JTHS • Majoring in elementary education • Future plans include teaching and coaching.

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