2002 - Transfer from Iowa State was Illinois’ starting centerfielder from day one of the season . . . Led the team with 18 stolen bases on the year – that’s the most for an Illini since Chris Basak stole 22 bases during the 2000 campaign . . . Ranked among the team leaders with four game-winning RBI and five game-winning runs scored . . . Also ranked among the team leaders in hits (55) and home runs (six) . . . Collected the game-winning RBI and robbed Michigan State of a home run to ensure a 3-2 Illinois win Friday at Michigan State . . . Went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in Illinois’ 8-4 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Michigan State . . . Ended the Michgan State series by going 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the game four 9-1 Illini win . . . Hit his first triple of the season and singled in a run in game one of the Northwestern series . . . Hit a solo home run on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth inning of the opening game of the Michigan series to give Illinois a 1-0 win in the game . . . Hit .471 against Purdue with a team-leading eight hits, two doubles, 11 total bases and four stolen bases . . . Had three hits, scored a run and stole a base in the first game of the Purdue doubleheader . . . Went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and had three stolen bases in the Illini’s 5-1 game three victory over Purdue . . . Those three stolen bases tied the Illinois Field record for stolen bases in a single game . . . Went 2-for-3 with a solo homerun in the series finale against Purdue . . . Drove in two runs with two hits and scored one in the series finale against Indiana . . . Was 2-for-4 with a game-winning double and four RBI in the series finale against Texas-Pan American . . . Went 3-for-4 while scoring two and driving in one on Opening Day against Texas-Pan American . . . Earned All-Star honors and won the home run derby at the CICL All-Star game over the summer . . . Named the No. 2 prospect in the CICL by Baseball America while playing for the Decatur Blues.
Prior to Illinois - Transferred to Illinois from Iowa State after the school dropped its baseball program . . . Will have junior eligibility . . . Spent three years at Iowa State, including a redshirt season in 1999 . . . Started 46 games in right field for the Cyclones in 2001 . . . Hit .222 with 10 doubles, a triple and three home runs . . . Also had five stolen bases, posted a .359 slugging percentage and recorded two outfield assists last year as the Cyclones put together a 24-29-1 season and 11-15 mark in Big 12 play.
High School - Earned nine varsity letters at Eagan: three each in baseball, football and hockey . . . As a senior hit .603 with 10 home runs . . . Named all-state as a senior in baseball after earning all-conference honors as both a junior and a senior . . . Baseball team MVP his junior and senior seasons . . . Also an all-conference selection in football as a senior . . . Captained all three teams his senior year.
Personal - Parents are John and Julie Cashman . . . Majoring in mechanical engineering . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as beating Baylor in the bottom of the ninth inning of the 2001 Big 12 Tournament . . . Favorite athlete is Kirby Puckett . . . Lists his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career because “he always pushed me to be my best but he never pushed too much. He showed me how to work hard and be successful.”