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    Chris Basak
    17 Chris Basak
    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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