2002 - Illinois’ shortstop has started 101 straight games, the second-longest current streak on the team . . . Started every game of the season at shortstop . . . Equaled his career-high total with six doubles on the year . . . Continued to move up the Illini career charts in hit by pitch – currently ranks fourth on the career top 10 list with 28 career hit by pitch . . . Had eight multi-hit and four multi-RBI games . . . Won game three of the Northwestern series for Illinois with a fifth-inning two-run single . . . Went 2-for-4 with two RBI in game one at Minnesota . . . Got two hits and a RBI against Illinois State (4/30) . . . Went 2-for-4 in game two of the Purdue series (4/6) . . . Picked up two hits and scored a run against Bucknell on the Spring Trip . . . Scored three runs, drove in one and scored a run Northeastern . . . Scored twice while getting two hits against Dartmouth . . . Was hit twice, drove in two and scored twice in the series finale against Texas-Pan American . . . Went 2-for-3 while scoring a run and collecting an RBI in the second game against Texas Pan-American . . . Tied a school record by being hit three times and scored two runs on opening day against Texas Pan-American.
2001 - Sophomore stepped up to claim vacated shortstop position . . . Started every game at short from March 13 on . . . Had six doubles and three triples while hitting .275 out of the second slot in the Illini line-up . . . Collected 10 of his 13 RBI (77 percent) with two outs . . . While hitting in the two-hole in the line-up ranked among Big Ten leaders in sacrifice hits (T2nd, 9, all games; T3rd, 5, Big Ten games) while hitting between one of the Big Ten runs scored leaders, Brady Ballard, and RBI leaders Andy Schutzenhofer, Rob Fischer and Luke Simmons . . . Ranked among Illinois’ all-time single season leaders with 13 hit by pitch . . . Went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBI in regular season finale vs. Indiana . . . Tied Illinois single-game record by getting hit by a pitch three times in a single game against Iowa; was hit five times in the four games against the Hawkeyes . . . Went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored against Illinois State at the Cardinal Baseball Classic . . . Scored the game-winning run five times . . . Had 12 two-hit and two three-hit games on the season along with one three-RBI and one four-RBI game . . . Collected career-high four RBI in regular season finale, helping Illinois clinch the fifth seed in the Big Ten Tournament . . . Finished the year on a five-game hitting streak . . . Enjoyed two seven-game hitting streaks over the course of the season . . . Posted an impressive .949 fielding percentage for first-year shortstop.
2000 - Enjoyed first career hit in a 4-for-4 performance, including two doubles, against Saint Joseph’s . . . Collected a season-high three RBI and three runs vs. Saint Joseph’s . . . Scored a run in his first collegiate appearance against UTPA in the season opener . . . Appeared in 12 games as a backup infielder . . . Played for the Betheseda (Md.) Big Train, going 10-for-23 in the NABF World Series over the summer.
High School - Earned two varsity letters in baseball . . . Led team in batting as both a junior (.440) and senior (.426) . . . Also team leader in runs, hits, RBI, stolen bases and fewest strikeouts over varsity career . . . Earned all-area and all-conference honors as a junior and senior . . . Honorable mention all-state honoree as a senior by the Chicago Tribune . . . Was a perfect 41-for-41 in stolen bases over two-year career . . . Struck out only four times in 120 plate appearances as a senior.
Personal - Parents are Thomas F. Meagher, Jr. and Celeste Mattern . . . Majoring in speech communications . . . Biggest thrill in sports was winning the USSSA World Series in Cocoa Beach, Fla. . . . Favorite athlete is the Pirates’ Jason Kendall because of how hard he plays the game . . . Lists his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career.