Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Offense Produces 15 Hits as Duchene Earns Fourth Win and Jay Collects 10th Save
Five Named to Second Team, One Picked to Third Team; Two Tabbed All-Freshman
Illinois Moves Back into Tie for Second in Big Ten at 17-5 Behind Duchene, Walton
Illini Notch School-Record Fourth Big Ten Series Sweep, Improve to 9-0 in Conference Road Games
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos of the Illini playing Mizzou at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Photos from Illinois vs. Nebraska baseball
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
Illinois baseball at Houston Baptist and UT Arlington. 3/1/13 - 3/3/13
2014 - Sophomore: Second-team All-Big Ten catcher ... Ranked second on the Illini with a .316 average and was third with four home runs and 28 RBI ... Made 47 starts at catcher and three as the designated hitter ... Registered the third-most caught stealing (23) in the Big Ten ... Turned in a season-high 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 28 to March 21 ... Finished tied for fifth in the Big Ten with three home runs in conference games ... Tied for second on the team with 17 multi-hit games and third with seven multi-RBI games ... Smacked two home runs in the Michigan State series, including the game-tying homer against the Spartans on May 3 ... Hit .542 (13-for-24) with five runs, a home run, 10 RBI and two walks in Illinois' six midweek games ... Notched the game-winning RBI single in the 1-0 victory at Northwestern (4/5) ... Drew a career-high three walks at Northwestern (4/4) and hit .375 with four RBI for the series ... Went 3-for-5 with two doubles at Illinois State (4/15) ... Had a career day vs. Illinois State (3/26), going 4-for-4 and matching a career-high three RBI ... Hit first career home run vs. Indiana State (3/18), where he went 3-for-3 with a career-high three runs and three RBI ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League along with Illini teammates Kevin Duchene and Tyler Jay during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Freshman: All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection ... Hit .231 with 18 runs and 11 RBI in 43 games, including 42 starts behind the plate ... Led the Big Ten in caught stealing in conference games (11) and ranked third in the conference in all games with 18 caught stealing ... Turned in the fourth-longest hitting streak by an Illini this season with 12 straight from March 22-April 20 during which he hit .405 (17-for-42) ... Twice turned in a career-high three hits at Indiana (4/7) and vs. Purdue (4/12) ... Matched a season-high with two runs vs. Purdue (4/12) and had a season-high two RBI the next day vs. the Boilermakers (4/13) and vs. Penn State (5/11) ... Tallied first career triple at Indiana (4/5) ... Hit first career double vs. Missouri (4/2) at Busch Stadium ... Recorded first career multi-hit game vs. Oakland (3/31) with a pair of singles ... Scored first career run in the season opener at Tennessee Tech (2/15) and tallied first RBI in the third game at Tennessee Tech (2/17) ... Scored a season-high two runs vs. Houston Baptist (3/1) ... Registered a hit in the first four games of his collegiate career ... Became first Illini freshman to start the season opener at catcher since Brian Schullian in 1992 ... Helped the Madison Mallards win the Northwoods League World Series title during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Ranked the No. 4 catcher in the country and the No. 71 prospect nationally in the class of 2012 by Perfect Game ... Ranked No. 8 overall and the No. 3 position player in the state of Illinois in the class of 2012 by Prep Baseball Report ... Participated in the 2011 Area Code Games and the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic ... Named to the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic team ... Named to the Area Code Games all-tournament second team after hitting .363 at the event ... Ranked the best catcher and a top-five hitter in the class of 2012 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... 2011 Perfect Game preseason All-American ... Named a 2011 top prospect at the Super 60 Showcase ... Named an Under Armour preseason All-American in 2010 and 2011 ... Member of the 2010 Cincinnati Reds scout team ... Three-year varsity starter at Highland Park, where he hit .394 with 37 doubles, 11 home runs, 77 RBIs, a .650 slugging percentage and a .470 on-base percentage ... He holds the HPHS career doubles record, ranks third in career home runs and fourth in career hits (108) ... Two-time All-Area and All-Central Suburban League selection ... Captain of both the baseball and football teams at Highland Park ... Led Highland Park to two Central Suburban League championships.
Born March 9, 1994 ... Parents are Scott and Terri Goldstein ... Majoring in industrial engineering ... Has one brother, Tyler, who is a pitcher at Johns Hopkins University ... Father, Scott, played football at Grinnell College ... Favorite athlete is Sandy Koufax ... Earliest baseball memory is pitching to his dad and catching for his brother in their backyard at age seven ... His father most influenced his athletic career because he taught him everything he know in terms of work ethic, dedication and perseverance.
Updated June 2014