Baseball


D.J. Svihlik
D.J. Svihlik
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Hometown:
Garfield Heights, Ohio

High School:
Culver Military

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180

Position:
2B

Birthdate:
10/29/1977

Experience:
***

Bats/Throws:
R/R

Honor Roll:
* NCBWA Honorable Mention All-American 1999
* Collegiate Baseball First-Team Preseason All-American 1999
* Third-Team All-Big Ten 1999
* Academic All-Big Ten 1999
* George Huff Academic Award 1999
* Big Ten Player of the Year 1998
* NCBWA Second-Team All-American 1998
* First-Team ABCA Mideast Region 1998
* First-Team All-Big Ten 1998
* Big Ten All-Tournament Team 1998
* NCAA South I Regional All-Tournament Team 1998
* Big Ten All-Tournament Team 1997.

1999:
* Defending Big Ten Player of the Year hit .359 with a team-leading 15 home runs
* Ranks in the Illinois top 10 in career home runs
* Hit four game-winning home runs in 1999 and had five game-winning RBI
* Of home runs, six either tied the game or gave Illinois the lead at the time
* Ranked among Big Ten leaders in average, home runs, runs and RBI
* Hit .372 in the Big Ten with a team-leading .681 slugging percentage
* Enjoyed career-high, seven-RBI game against Eastern Illinois
* Collected 24 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games over the season
* Had three four-hit games: against Michigan State, Eastern Illinois and Iowa
* Hit two home runs in 2-3, 3-RBI performance in game two against Ohio State
* Chosen a 1999 first-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball
* Illinois' first preseason All-America pick since Scott Spiezio was awarded the honor in 1993.

1998:
* Illinois' first Big Ten Player of the Year since SS Josh Klimek won the award in 1996
* The youngest player in the Big Ten to earn Player of the Year honors since Illinois' Bubba Smith won as a freshman in 1989
* Also an All-America and All-Mideast region pick
* The leading hitter for Illinois at the NCAA South I Regional hit .458 (11-24) with three doubles and a home run in Gainesville
* Ended the season on a 12-game hitting streak
* Led the Big Ten with a .922 slugging percentage
* Of Svihlik's 26 Big Ten hits, 15 went for extra bases (five doubles, two triples and eight home runs)
* Led Illinois with eight Big Ten home runs, including two grand slams in conference play
* Also smacked a grand slam against Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament
* Hit five home runs the week of April 20, including four against Iowa
* Recorded a career-high five RBI against Iowa in the third game of the series
* .406 Big Ten average ranked fifth in the conference
* Hit .500 (4-8) with the bases loaded, including three grand slams
* Also hit .328 when at the plate with two outs and .365 with runners in scoring position
* Appeared in 57 games and started 46 at second base.

1997:
* As a true freshman earned a starting spot the second half of the season at second base
* Illinois finished the regular season 14-1 after Svihlik entered the starting line-up at second and teamed up with Jon Anderson in the middle infield
* Earned Big Ten All-Tournament honors
* His tournament performance included a 4-11 showing with two runs scored, an RBI and two critical doubles
* Second on the team with a .338 average
* Led the team with a .648 slugging percentage
* Was crucial in Illinois' four-game sweep of Northwestern, earning four RBI on a 5-13 performance
* Smacked a home run, triple and double against the Wildcats
* Hit his first collegiate home run against Penn State
* Was hit in the mouth by a ball on a bad hop and required surgery during the Purdue series and did not return to the infield until two weeks later
* Appeared in 33 games and started 18 at second base.

HIGH SCHOOL:
* Earned seven letters: three in hockey and four in baseball
* Hit .492 with six home runs and 38 RBI his senior year.

PERSONAL:
* Parents are Dennis and JoAnn Svihlik
* Majoring in speech communications
* Lists biggest thrill in sports as being given the opportunity to play baseball at Illinois
* Cites his father as the person who most influenced his career because he gave up time and always encouraged him to achieve his highest potential
* Admires Oakland Athletics left fielder "professional hitter" Matthew Stairs
* Hopes to pursue a career in professional baseball or naval special operations
* Enjoys lifting weights and extreme sports

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