Photos from the first game of the 2007 intrasquad Orange and Blue World Series
AT ILLINOIS 2009 - Junior: Played in seven games, starting two ... Started the season-opener at first base but broke his finger on a foul pop-up early in the game and didn't play again until April 22 ... Started at designated hitter against Western Illinois on May 5 and went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League during the summer alongside Illini teammates Willie Argo and Corey Kimes ... Hit .335 with four homers and 40 RBIs in 67 games, also stealing 14-of-17 bases, while playing primarily at shortstop ... Named a midseason NWL South Division All-Star ... Earned the Rawlings Big Stick Award as the best-hitting shortstop in the NWL ... Ranked third in the NWL in average and his 88 hits led the league.
2008 - Sophomore: Played in 24 games, starting eight ... Started six games at DH and two at first base ... Illinois' best pinch hitter, going 4-for-10 in that role ... Had three games with two hits - against Illinois College, Western Illinois and Penn State ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a walk against IC ... Was 2-for-5 with two runs and a steal against WIU ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI against PSU ... Stole a base in three consecutive games from April 20-23 ... Recorded doubles against Saint Louis and Michigan ... Was perfect in 47 chances at first base ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League during the summer.
2007 - Freshman: Played in 22 games, starting 10 ... Started eight games at designated hitter and two at first base ... Went 6-for-15 (.400) in his first four collegiate games, driving in four runs and scoring four ... Had consecutive two-hit games at Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 25) and against Sam Houston State ... Served as Illinois' designated hitter in eight of the team's first 10 games ... Went 3-of-7 (.429) in the No. 4 hole in the batting order ... Hit .357 when playing first base ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer.
Hit .442 with 15 homers, 59 RBI and 11 steals in 2006 ... Named All-State and All-Area by the Chicago Tribune in 2006 ... Also named All-East Suburban Catholic Conference and the Pioneer Press Athlete of the Year in 2006 ... Hit .512 in East Suburban Catholic Conference play in 2005 ... Averaged a home run every 10 at-bats and stole 23-of-24 bases in 2005 ... Slugged .965 with 110 total bases in 114 at-bats over 38 games in 2005 ... Hit .442 East Suburban Catholic Conference play in 2006 ... Played in the Perfect Game AFLAC Midwest Showcase ... Named 2005 & 2006 St. Patrick MVP ... Four-year letterwinner in baseball and lettered twice in basketball ... Also named All-ESCC in basketball ... Participated in the 2004 Senior World Series in Bangor, Maine, and the 2005 Junior All-Stars ... Invited to work out for the White Sox, Phillies, Indians and Devil Rays..
Born Jan. 7, 1988 ... Parents are Robert Giller and Susan Sunday ... Majoring in community health ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as playing in the IHSA championship game in 2006 ... His favorite athlete is Michael Jordan ... Past summer jobs include working as an umpire ... His earliest baseball memory is going to spring training in Arizona with his dad ... Lists his dad as most influencing his athletic career.