2002 - Back-up catcher started 10 games behind the plate and 16 at designated hitter this season . . . Hit a team-high .364 in four starts at Michigan State . . . Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Illini’s 8-4 game three win at Michigan State . . . Hit a solo home run in the series finale at MSU . . . Had a hit and drove in two runs at Indiana State . . . Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and one driven in against Western Michigan (4/2) . . . Went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, the first of his career, with four RBI and three runs scored against Northeastern on the Spring Trip.
Prior to Illinois - Lettered in baseball two years at John A. Logan C.C. in Carterville . . . Named to the all-conference team and participated in the sophomore All-Star game . . . Threw out 13-of-17 would-be base stealers (76 percent) his sophomore year . . . Hit .261 in 92 at bats as a sophomore at Logan, collecting 18 RBI . . . Of his 24 hits, 13 went for extra bases (five home runs, seven doubles and one triple) . . . Drafted in the 40th round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles after his freshman season but chose to return to school . . . Earned Academic All-America honors at Logan.
High School - Earned seven varsity letters at Carterville: four in baseball and three in basketball . . . Three-year all-conference selection and four-year SIBCA all-star game participant in baseball . . . Won two team conference championships and two American Legion District Championships . . . 1999 American Legion 25th District MVP . . . Two-year all-conference performer in basketball . . . Scored 1,100 career points in basketball and was the team’s leading rebounder for three years.
Personal - Parents are Michael and Susan Patrick . . . Majoring in secondary education/history . . . Has one sister, Kristen, who will be a sophomore softball player at Logan . . . Lists participating in the 1996 Jr. Pan Am and World Championships as his biggest thrill in sports . . . Has volunteered as a youth basketball coach the past two winters . . . Member of the National Honor Society in high school and named a National Merit Scholar . . . Also named to the President’s List both years of junior college along with being named a 2001 Academic All-American . . . Plans after finishing school include continuing his baseball career and then pursuing a teaching and coaching career . . . Lists his parents and particularly his father as the biggest influences on his athletic career because “he never went a day without giving me some piece of good advice that would help me in athletics and life” . . . Baseball nickname, “Shotgun,” was given to him by a Little League teammate’s grandfather when he was 10 years old.