Photos from Illinois baseball's Scout Day on Sept. 12.
AT ILLINOIS 2011 - Senior: Played in and started 56 games, all at first base ... Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team ... Finished his career on a six-game hitting streak and by reaching base in the last 10 games ... Had five home runs in the last 10 games of the season after hitting two homers in the first 47 games ... Reached base in 26 of the final 29 games of the season ... Hit .340 with runners in scoring position ... Hit .330 with 31 RBIs in Illinois wins, .176 with seven RBIs in losses ... Had a .204 average through 32 games before catching fire to raise his average 61 points in the final 24 games by hitting .345 with 20 RBIs, 22 runs, five doubles and five home runs ... Went 6-for-14 with two doubles, six RBIs and a run over three games from March 19-25 ... Had a seven-game hitting streak from March 18-April 2 ... Went 5-for-13 with a double, a homer, three RBIs and three runs in the Iowa series (April 8-10) ... Went 3-for-5 with two runs in the finale of the Michigan State series (April 24) to lift the Illini to a series victory ... Went 4-for-12 with a double, three RBIs and a run in the Northwestern series (April 29-May 1) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on May 23 after hitting 6-for-10 with two homers - including a two-out, two-run walk-off bomb to give the Illini a share of the Big Ten championship - a double, five RBIs and six runs in the Indiana series (May 19-21) ... Went 2-for-13 with two home runs in the Big Ten Tournament, including a grand slam in the championship game against Michigan State (May 28) ... Went 5-for-15 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs in the NCAA Fullerton Regional ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010 - Junior: Played in 14 games, starting all 14 at first base, before breaking the hamate bone in his right wrist and undergoing season-ending surgery ... Went 22-for-44 (.500) with six doubles, a homer, 15 RBIs and 15 runs in those first 14 games of the season ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on March 15 after hitting .615 (7-for-13) with five RBIs and seven runs at the Caravelle Resort Classic ... Named to CollegeBaseball360.com's All-Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge team after hitting .667 with three RBIs and four runs during the tournament ... Had three multiple-hit games after entering the season with only two in his career ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League during the summer, earning midseason and postseason NWL All-Star honors after hitting .332 with 40 RBIs, 44 runs, 17 doubles, a .467 on-base percentage and a .490 slugging percentage in 58 games.
2009 - Sophomore: Played in 45 games, starting 42, all at first base ... Became Illinois' everyday first baseman in the second game of the season when Mike Giller broke a finger and never relinquished the position ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and three walks against West Virginia on Feb. 22 ... Broke out of a 5-for-32 slump with a 2-for-3 outing and an RBI in the second game of the Indiana series on April 4 ... That game started a career-best 11-game hitting streak in which he hit 17-for-39 (.436) to raise his batting average 116 points ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 13 after hitting .545 (6-for-11) with four RBIs, four runs, a double, a homer and two walks in the Michigan series ... Went 5-for-11 with three RBIs and three runs in the Minnesota series ... Went 5-for-9 (.556) in the last two games of the Penn State series (April 25-26) with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run to help Illinois sweep the Nittany Lions ... Also homered against Northwestern (May 2) and Evansville (May 5) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League during the summer alongside Illini teammate Doug Schumacher ... Hit .306 for the Monarchs with 23 RBIs in 35 games ... He led the league in fielding double plays, ranked sixth in RBIs and eighth in hits.
2008 - Redshirt-Freshman: Played in eight games on the season ... Notched his first career hit and first career run at Baylor on Feb. 29 ... Went 1-for-2 with a triple and a run against Illinois College on April 9 ... Walked and scored a run against Southern Illinois on April 29 ... Played for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League during the summer.
2007 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2007 season ... Played for the Lombard Orioles of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League during the summer along with Illini teammate Nick Stockwell.
Hit .477 with 39 RBIs, 52 hits and 19 doubles in 2006 ... Led Libertyville in hitting (.477), RBIs (33), hits (51) and on-base percentage (.548) in 2005 ... Career .477 batting average is a Libertyville school record ... Was 2006 Libertyville MVP and captain ... Named a Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete in 2006 ... Earned 2005-2006 All-North Suburban Conference athletic and academic honors ... Received IHSBCA All-State and All-Area honors in 2006 ... Named to the Daily Herald All-Area team in 2005 and 2006 ... Named honorable mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune in 2005 ... First-team All-Area, All-Lake Shore and All-NSC in 2005 ... Played for the McHenry County Hurricanes during the summers of 2004-06, placing third in the 2004 CABA World Series, placing second in the 2006 CABA, and earning 2006 All-Tourney CABA honors ... Chose Illinois over Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Miami (Ohio).
Born Sept. 18, 1988, in Teaneck, N.J. ... Parents are Bill and Sue Dittman ... Has a younger brother, Robbie (14) ... Majoring in finance ... Enjoys playing poker ... Lists his biggest thrills in sports as playing against Japan in the championships of the ISU CABA World Series ... Named All-Academic at Libertyville High School ... National Honor Society member ... Student of the Month at Libertyville in 2004 ... Was involved in Athletes C.A.R.E., an athlete mentoring program ... Was a member of North Suburban Conference Leadership Council ... Also belonged to FCA and Interact ... His favorite athlete is Derek Jeter ... His earliest baseball memory is catching a foul ball at a Mets/Pirates game when he was five ... Lists his parents as most influencing his athletic career ... Planning a career in marketing.