2003 - Collected six multi-hit games Hit three home runs, including his first career home run, against Minnesota Also went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI in Illinois' 21-2 game three route of the Gophers Played in 35 games and started 21, finishing with a batting average of .298 overall and .294 in the Big Ten Scored the winning run against both Prairie View and IPFW Played for the LaCrosse Loggers of the Northwoods League over the summer.
2002 - Earned the starting second base job at the end of the season by going 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI and a career-high three RBI in the nightcap of the Saturday doubleheader at Michigan State Started 11 games at second near the end of the season Doubled in the final two games against Michigan State Also scored the game-winning run in the first game of the MSU series in a pinch-running appearance.
2001 - Converted infielder started the last 19 games in left field for Illinois dating back to April 18 contest at UIC Appeared in the starting line-up everyday as either DH or left fielder since game four of Northwestern series on April 1 Hit .236 with 17 runs scored and 15 RBI First career hit came March 10 at San Jose State First career RBI was March 14 vs. Bucknell at the Fresno State Classic Had seven two-hit games Career-high six-game hitting streak came April 6-13 Hit .385 over four starts at Ohio State as he solidified his place in the everyday starting line-up Got the game-winning RBI in game two against Southern Illinois Eight of his 15 RBI (53 percent) came with two outs Appeared in 43 games and started 32.
High School - Earned nine varsity letters at Bartlett, three each in baseball, football and basketball Named honorable mention all-state honors as a senior in baseball Earned all-conference honors three years in baseball and all-area honors twice Participated in both the 1999 and 2000 all-star games and in the 2000 IHSA Hitting Derby Named MVP of his team as a senior Led the conference in hits as a senior Voted one of the top 50 players in the state as a senior.
Personal - Parents are Chuck and Nancy DiMaria Majoring in sports management Named "Mr. Senior" at Bartlett High Served as student council treasurer Hobbies include fishing Lists biggest thrill in sports as having the opportunity to be on the field playing a game some never have the opportunity to Favorite athlete is Mark Grace because of his gracefulness on the field Plans after playing days are over include coaching and teaching, something to help others with their game Lists his parents as the biggest influence on his athletic career because they "were the ones who got me started with baseball. If they never put me in the game I may never have known where it could take me."