Junior Becomes Seventh Illini with Three-Homer Game, First Since Argo in 2009
2004 Junior: Led the team with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, two triples and 32 runs scored Posted eight multi-RBI games, second on the team Smashed two home runs in an 8-6 win over Iowa in game two of the series Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high six RBI in that game against Iowa Also collected a pair of doubles in the season finale against the Hawks Hit .429 (6-for-14) over entire Iowa series with seven RBI, 15 total bases and a 1.071 slugging percentage Collected three RBI in game four against Michigan and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a home run against Charlotte on the Spring Trip Was also 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the series finale against South Florida.
2003 Sophomore: Had an overall average of .324 and .320 in Big Ten play, putting him fourth on the team Was second on the team in walks with 15 and first on the team in triples with four Led the team against Purdue, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with two runs, a double, one home run and four RBI over the weekend On the year, collected 13 multi-hit games, including 11 two-hit games and one three-hit game Also led the team with a 15-game hitting streak and finished the season on a five-game hit streak Scored the winning run in three games: two against Michigan and one against Minnesota Drove in the winning run against Western Michigan Played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League over the summer.
2002 Freshman: Voted the University of Illinois Male Newcomer of the Year Earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors and third-team All-Big Ten accolades Ranked among Illinois' all-time freshman leaders in average (8th/.341), hits (5th/59) and home runs (4th/10) Led off three of Illinois' first 11 games with a home run and collected at least one hit in 22 of Illinois' first 25 games First freshman in Coach Jones' tenure at Illinois to start the season in the leadoff slot of the order Had 15 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games Was 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Illinois' series finale against Michigan State Went 2-for-4 with three runs in the series opener versus Minnesota Went 2-for-3 with two walks against Eastern Illinois in his first game back from a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the Michigan series Separated his non-throwing shoulder diving for a fly ball at Indiana State Drove in two RBI with his eighth home run in the nightcap of the Saturday doubleheader against Purdue Went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in the series finale vs. Purdue Hit two home runs and drove in three in his Big Ten debut against Indiana Went 4-for-5 against Massachusetts while scoring one in an extra inning win on the Spring Trip Hit his third leadoff homer in five games against Dartmouth Started the Louisville game off with a homer while going 2-for-5 on the day Hit his first two home runs of his Illinois career while going 2-for-4 and driving in three runs against Kent State Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer.
Earned 10 varsity letters in high school: five in baseball, four in football and one in track Won three state titles in high school: two in baseball (1999 and 2001) and one in football (2000) Also made three other appearances in state tournaments, two in football (1998, '99) and one in baseball (2000) Won two state titles in one school year, taking home the state football and baseball championships as a senior Hit .509 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI as a senior Hit a home run in the 2001 state title game, leading his team to the championship, and had four homers over the course of the postseason A career .443 hitter with 35 career home runs As an eighth grader earned second-team All-Conference honors for the varsity team in 1997 and was named first-team All-Conference the next four years Also named an All-District outfielder three-straight years by the Iowa High School Coaches Association and was named first-team All-State by the same group in 2000 and '01 Named first-team All-State by the Des Moines Register in 2001 Selected to the elite All-State team Also an All-Conference defensive back in football his junior and senior seasons.
Born May 7, 1982 Parents are David and Lisa Davidson Majoring in kinesiology Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 46th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft One of four in his senior class at Dowling to go on to play Division I baseball Lists biggest thrill in sports as winning his high school's first football state championship in 2000 Five-time academic All-Conference selection and was on the honor roll 12 quarters of high school Uncle, Rod Burnett, played football as a defensive back and running back for Central Missouri State University Lists his father, David, as the biggest influence on his athletic career because "from the time I could throw a ball and swing a bat he had me in the backyard working on my game. He was always there for support."