2000: Collected a team-high seven hits at the Big Ten Tournament ¥ Hit .350 (7-20) at the tournament ¥ Went 3-for-4 in championship game at Big Ten Tournament ¥ Was 1-for-3 with an RBI single in first game against Penn State ¥ Tallied his first career grand slam in Illinois' 15-1 win vs. Iowa in game one of the series ¥ Collected a season-high four RBI in that game ¥ Led the team in March with five home runs ¥ Stole his first base of the season April 11th against ISU ¥ Committed only two errors in 64 games ¥ Had 14 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games ¥ Enjoyed a seven-game hitting streak March 22nd-March 29th ¥ Had three hits seven times and once collected three hits in three-consecutive games ¥ Scored a season-high four runs against UTPA ¥ Appeared in all 64 games while starting 58, all in left field ¥ Had four game-winning RBI, including two over four games at Michigan State ¥ Hit .277 in 42 games for the Harrisonburg, Va. Turks of the Valley League ¥ Named a South All-Star for the Valley League champs ¥ Collected six doubles and a home run with 17 RBI over the summer.
1999: Played in 36 games and started 23 in the outfield ¥ Hit .292 with three doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI ¥ Biggest hit was three-run home run to tie game, 15-15, in eighth inning of 17-run comeback against Michigan State ¥ Hit .261 in 13 conference games, which included eight starts ¥ Collected career-high four hits in six at bats against Western Illinois ¥ Collected eight multi-hit games, including two in conference play ¥ Went 2-6 in nonconference match-up against Indiana with a double and a home run ¥ Home run proved to be game-winning RBI in 16-10 win over the Hoosiers ¥ Went 4-6 with three runs and three RBI in final two games at Northwestern while starting in the outfield ¥ Played for the Southern Minny Stars of the Northwoods League.
1998: Collected five hits in six at bats on the season ¥ Reserve outfielder saw action in six games ¥ Was 3-for-3 with two home runs and seven RBI in career day against Greenville College ¥ Also had a multi-RBI (3) game against Western Illinois ¥ First collegiate hit came against Eastern Illinois on a single to right field.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned six letters at Lyons: four in football and two in baseball ¥ Selected in the 27th round of the 1997 amateur draft by the New York Yankees ¥ Established Lyons Township records in batting average (.568) and consecutive hits (15) during his senior season ¥ Earned West Suburban all-conference honors during his junior and senior seasons and was named all-state as a senior ¥ Selected to the all-tournament team while leading Lyons to a third-place finish at the 1996 Illinois State Tournament ¥ Participated in the 1997 Illinois Coaches Association All-State Game.
PERSONAL: Parents are Bob and Pat Fischer ¥ Majoring in sports management ¥ Has dreamed about playing at Illinois for as long as he can remember ¥ Lists his biggest sports thrill as going to state in 1996 in baseball and taking third place ¥ Past jobs include working with autistic children at a park district ¥ Says his father was the biggest influence on his athletic career because "he gave me a glove when I started to walk" ¥ Fischer's grandfather, Ted Purvin, wrestled at Illinois in the 1940s and was his Fighting Illini hero while growing up ¥ Earned all-conference academic awards in football and baseball his senior year ¥ Hobbies include writing songs, music and playing sports.