Photos from the Illini game vs. Ohio State at Illinois Field on April 22, 2012. (Photos by Mark Jones)
AT ILLINOIS 2012 - Redshirt-Junior: Appeared in 39 games, starting 19 at designated hitter ... Started eight games in the No. 6 spot in the order, six in the No. 9 spot, three in the No. 5 spot and two in the No. 7 spot ... Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run in the Mississippi Valley State series opener ... Started at DH in the Ohio State series opener on April 20 and went 2-for-4 with his first career home run, three RBIs and two runs ... Went 5-for-9 in the OSU series with a homer, a double, three RBIs and three runs ... Had a seven-game hit streak from April 18-28 ... Started all three games of the Michigan State series at DH, going 3-for-11 with a double, a home run, an RBI and two runs ... Tied a career high by going 3-for-5 in the Minnesota series opener, driving in a run ... Finished the season on a six-game hit streak ... Went 5-for-12 with a double and four RBIs in the season-ending Minnesota series ... Commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy on Monday, May 14, after returning from Penn State early that morning. Will be attending Naval flight school in 2012-13.
2011 - Redshirt-Sophomore: Appeared in 25 games, making seven starts at designated hitter ... Hit .108 (4-for-37) on the season with two RBIs and two runs ... Six of his seven starts came in Illinois' first 10 games ... Drove in the tying run against Iowa on April 8 and scored the winning run one batter later ... Went 1-for-1 with a double against No. 20 Stanford in the NCAA Fullerton Regional.
2010 - Redshirt-Freshman: Appeared in 23 games, making 12 starts at designated hitter ... Hit 15-for-46 (.326) in his 12 starts ... Hit .371 (13-for-35) in Big Ten play ... Went 5-for-10 (.500) as a pinch hitter ... Collected his first career hit in a pinch-hitting opportunity against South Florida on Feb. 27 ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his first career start at Iowa on April 11 ... Went 2-for-3 at Michigan State on April 24 ... Went 3-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs at Indiana on May 21 ... Went 2-for-5 with two RBIs at Ohio State on May 7 ... Went 1-for-3 with two runs against Western Michigan on May 18 ... Was 3-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs at Indiana on May 21.
2009 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2009 season.
Hit .450 with six home runs and 46 RBIs in 2008 ... Earned six varsity letters - four in baseball and two in football ... District catcher of the year and a member of the All-District and All-Region team in 2008.
Born Aug. 12, 1990, in Queens, N.Y. ... Son of Tom and Lisa Shelton ... Majoring in general engineering ... Member of the Naval ROTC at Illinois ... His biggest thrill in sports is a play at the plate ... His favorite athlete is Pat Tillman because of his phenonenal safety abilities and his courage to fight for this country ... His earliest baseball memory was watching his uncle catch a Daryl Strawberry home run barehanded ... Plans to serve as a United States Naval Officer after graduation.