2007 Junior: Played in 55 games, starting 52 ...Started 51 games at second base and one at designated hitter ...Hit .330 with 38 runs, six home runs, and a .487 slugging percentage, all career highs ...Hit .414 at home with a .571 slugging percentage ...Hit .364 on Big Ten Sundays with a .545 slugging percentage ...Heated up over Spring Trip, hitting 11-for-22 (.500) with seven RBI and six runs ...Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 10 after going 6-for-7 (.857) with four runs and an RBI in a series split with No. 25 Ohio State ...Had a pair of eight-game hitting streaks, with one stretching from March 18-31 and the other running April 24-May 4 ...Went 6-for-12 against Minnnesota with five runs and three RBI ...Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2006 Redshirt Sophomore: Named third team All-Big Ten ...Started all 58 games, 57 at second base and one in left field ...Primarily hit sixth or seventh in the order ...Had his best run production in the six-hole, driving in 16 and scoring 14 in 73 at bats ...Third on the team in batting average (.319) and slugging percentage (.438) ...Led the team with six triples ...Led the Illini in hitting (.368) and slugging percentage (.509) in Big Ten play ...Hit .526 with three doubles, a triple, eight runs and five RBI over Spring Trip ...Hit .472 in the final 14 Big Ten games with 10 RBI, 7 runs and a .585 slugging percentage ...Led the team on Fridays, hitting .541 and hitting .571 on Big Ten Fridays ...Had a career game at Minnesota on 4/30, going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, three runs, two RBI and a steal ...Also went 4-for-5 in the regular season finale at Michigan State with a double and three RBI ...Went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three RBI, two runs and a steal in the series opener against Iowa on 4/21 ...Was 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and two runs in the series opener against Northwestern on 4/14 ...Academic All-Big Ten selection ...Named a George Huff Award winner ...Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League in the summer with Illini teammate Scott Shaw.
2005 Sophomore: Took a medical redshirt in 2005 after injuring his wrist ...Played in five games, compiling a .158 batting average ...Two of three hits on the season were doubles ...Had an RBI double and scored in the season-opener vs. Kent State on 2/25 ...Doubled and scored against Wagner on 2/27 ...Went 1-for-4 at Texas-Arlington on 3/11 before being shut down for the season ...Played third base for the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League in the summer ...Was a perfect 7-for-7 stealing bases for Mat-Su.
2004 Freshman:Started 48 games and appeared in 52 at second base ...53 total hits ranked him among Illinois' all-time top-10 in freshman hits ...Tied for the team lead with 17 multi-hit games ...Hit .315 overall with seven doubles and 20 RBI ...Hit .500 (5-for-10) in four appearances and three starts against Iowa ...Went 2-for-4 against Western Kentucky in his first career game ...Hit his first career home run against Indiana ...Enjoyed three-hit days against Eastern Illinois, Charlotte and Winthrop ...University of Illinois Male Newcomer of the Year finalist.
Earned five varsity letters at Mattoon: three in baseball and two in basketball ...Earned All-Big 12 Conference honors in baseball as a junior and senior ...Also was an All-Area performer in baseball ...Team won Big 12 Conference and sectional titles in 2003, earning a Sweet Sixteen bid in the IHSA state tournament ...High school team also won three regional championships ...Posted a .405 career batting average in high school ...Led the team in average as a junior and a senior ...Hit .460 as a senior ...Teammate of former Illini Ryan Snowden ...American Legion summer team won the state championship in 2003 and runner-up honors in 2002 ...2003 American Legion team finished as the Great Lakes Regional runner-up with a 56-7 record ...Participated in both the 2002 Swingtown Showcase and Jack Kaiser Memorial All-Star game at U.S. Cellular Field ...Earned Big 12 Scholar-Athlete honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ...Earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in basketball and led his team in rebounding.
Born Aug. 3, 1984 ...Parents are Brian and Wendy Hastings ...Became engaged to be married to Whitney Wright over the summer of 2007 ...Earned a bachelor's degree in recreation, sport and tourism in 2007 ...Currently enrolled in the sport management master's program ...Father played baseball at Lakeland Community College ...Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning four state championships in summer baseball ...Lists his favorite athlete as St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and his first baseball memory as watching former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith do his signature backflip ...Involved in Campus Crusade for Christ ...Also a member of the National Honor Society and was an Outstanding Senior Letter Winner ...Would like to work for a professional sports team or become an athletic director ...Credits his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career because "he taught me how to play sports and instilled a love of sports in me."