2006 Senior: Played in 48 games, starting 45 Started 42 games in right field and three at DH Reached career highs in runs (31), RBI (26) and steals (14) After committing two errors in the season opener at Stetson (2/24), did not make an error in 66 chances the rest of the season Had a career-best nine-game hitting streak from 3/22-4/5 as he hit .640 (16-for-25) in that span with 12 runs and nine RBI Had five multiple-hit games in that hitting streak Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four runs and four RBI in the final game of Spring Trip against Cornell on 3/24 Stayed hot, going 3-for-4 with a run at Indiana State in Illinois' next game Scored three runs in the series opener against Northwestern while hitting 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI Was Illinois' best hitter at the Big Ten Tournament, going 3-for-5 (.600) with a double, three RBI, a run and a steal Finished his career with a .298 batting average after playing in 183 games and starting 156.
2005 Junior: Started 53 games, 50 in right field Drove in a career-high 24 RBI, hitting primarily seventh or eighth in the batting order Hit the first three home runs of his career Had a career-high 35 walks and a career-best .404 on-base percentage Stole 7-of-9 bases Had 13 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games Hit his first career home run in the season opener vs. Kent State (2/25) Drove in the game-winning run in Illinois' series-clinching 3-2 11-inning victory at Texas-Arlington (3/13) Went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in the series finale at Michigan State (4/10) Hit 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run vs. Robert Morris (4/13) Was 3-for-6 with three RBI in the series finale at Indiana (4/24) Hit 3-for-4 with two runs in the nightcap vs. Northwestern (5/7) Went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, two RBI, two walks and a run in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Minnesota (5/26) Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League in the summer of 2005 Finished third on the team with a .276 average and was flawless in the field in 64 chances.
2004 Sophomore: Sophomore won the starting center field job early in the season Started 50 games and appeared in 53 Tied for the team lead with 17 multi-hit games Finished second on the team with 12 doubles Went 6-for-14 with three doubles and three RBI in series at South Florida Was 4-for-5 with a triple and a pair of runs scored in series opener against Northwestern Also was 4-for-6 with three runs scored against MacMurray.
2003 Freshman: Started eight games and appeared in 27 as a true freshman Recorded a season-high four-game hit streak Scored the winning run against both Iona and Western Michigan Played for the Quincy Gems of the CICL over the summer.
Earned two varsity letters at Bartlett: one in baseball in both his junior and senior season Earned Upstate Eight All-Conference honors as a junior and senior; was also named to the Illinois High School Coaches Association All-State team as both a junior and senior Hit .469 as a junior with a .782 slugging percentage and .633 on base percentage; hit .436 his senior year with a .756 slugging percentage and .651 on base percentage An Academic All-Conference pick in 2001.
Born Feb. 9, 1984 Parents are Larry and Melody Huisinga Majoring in sport management Competed internationally in Australia Father lettered in football at Illinois from 1970-72 Lists his favorite athlete as Derek Jeter because "he plays with intensity and hustle" Earliest baseball memory is of playing T-ball when he was young and the excitement of being on the field Lists his father as the person who most influenced his athletic career because "he taught me how to be a good athlete and to never give up."