Baseball


Drew Davidson
Drew Davidson
23

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
West Des Moines, Iowa

High School:
Dowling

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 190

Position:
OF

Birthdate:
05/07/1982

B/T:
R/R

04/30/2014

Fletcher's 3 Homers Ignite UI Offense over SIU, 10-1

Junior Becomes Seventh Illini with Three-Homer Game, First Since Argo in 2009

AT ILLINOIS
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.

HIGH SCHOOL
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.

PERSONAL
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."

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