Baseball


Chris Basak
Chris Basak
17

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Joliet, Ill.

High School:
Minooka

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 185

Position:
INF

Birthdate:
12/06/1978

Honor Roll:
* Academic All-Big Ten 1999
* George Huff Academic Award 1999

1999:
* Starting third baseman hit a team-leading .393 on the year which ranked third overall in the Big Ten
* Hit team-leading .398 in Big Ten play with five doubles and two home runs
* Started the year as a back-up to second, short and third but moved into the starting lineup on the Spring Trip and never relinquished starting job
* Moved to second base for the final six games of the year after starter D.J. Svihlik injured his shoulder and was reglegated to the DH role
* Reached base safely in final 40 appearances, dating back to pinch-hit single against Florida A&M March 15, the day before he claimed starting third base job
* Led the team (and finished fourth in the Big Ten) with 20 stolen bases, including two three-stolen base outings
* Tied Illinois Field record for stolen bases in a game with three-stolen base effort against Southern Illinois in home opener
* Hit over .400 for entire season before slumping at Big Ten Tournament and falling to .393
* Enjoyed career-high 15-game hitting streak from April 14 to May 11
* Had 14 multi-hit and three multi-RBI games in 1999
* Best game was 4-for-5 performance in game one against Iowa
* Set or tied single-game career highs in at bats (6), hits (4), runs (3), doubles (2), home runs (1), RBI (2) and stolen bases (3) over the season
* Played for the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League over the summer, earning team MVP honors after making the all-star team and hitting .362 with 35 stolen bases.

1998:
* Infielder saw time at both short and third as a true freshman
* Started Big Ten games against Northwestern (2), Minnesota (2) and Purdue (1)
* Had three multi-hit games and two of those were three-hit outings
* Hit .250 (1-4) at the South I Regional
* Twice put balls into play in extra innings that resulted in errors allowing the winning run to score, including in the 13th inning against Baylor at the NCAA regional
* Was 4-7 with three runs scored in two games against Minnesota in the regular season
* Played in 39 games and started 12
* Collected first career hit vs. Siena College
* First start came at Houston at short
* Spent his summer in the Northwoods League playing for the St. Cloud River Bats, hitting .320
* League all-star selection at St. Cloud.

HIGH SCHOOL:
* An outstanding athlete, earned 11 letters at Minooka: four in baseball, three in soccer and basketball and one in golf
* A .450 career hitter in high school
* Hit .582 with 70 hits his senior year
* Named to the Suburban Prairie all-conference team in 1996-97, all-area team in '97, East-West All-Star Team in '97 and selected SPC Player of the Year his senior year.

PERSONAL:
* Born December 6, 1978
* Parents are Joseph and Suzanne Basak
* Majoring in business
* A member of the National Honor Society
* Biggest thrill in sports was hitting a home run to win the regional game against Joliet Township his sophomore year
* Came to Illinois because it was a baseball program on the rise
* Chose Illinois over Michigan
* Hobbies include golf, basketball and soccer.

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