When Blake Schoonover's eligibility as a college baseball student-athlete expired last May, the two-year starter for the Redbirds ended his play on the field. However, Schoonover is back to assist his old team in 2007 as an undergraduate volunteer coach.
The Lincoln, Ill., native played in 100 games and started 86 during the 2005 and 2006 seasons for the `Birds. He ammassed a career .270 average with 36 RBI while adding a solid glove at third base and shortstop.
Schoonover transferred to ISU after playing two seasons at Kankakee Community College. There he hit .330 with 38 RBI and 45 runs scored and was 5-3 on the mound in 11 appearances.
The Lincoln Community High School graduate was an all-conference selection who led the Railsplitters to a regional championship his senior season. That year he hit .351 and had a .500 on-base percentage. In addition, he was 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA on the mound.
Schoonover will earn his degree in agriculture business in May from Illinois State.