SOPHOMORE YEAR: 2013
Started all 65 games and batted third in each despite a broken hamate bone ... paired with Kyle Schwarber to become only college teammates to compete for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team over the summer ... ranked second in the Big Ten with 22 doubles (18th nationally), 57 RBI, 10 homeruns, 133 total bases and 39 walks ... also ranked in the conference's top-10 for runs (53, 3rd), slugging (.545, t-3rd), on-base percentage (.419, 7th) and hits (77, 8th) ... 22-double total is tied with Mickey Morandini (1986) for the third-most in school history ... Second Team All-Big Ten selection ... elevated his game in the postseason, batting .435 with four homeruns, six doubles, 17 RBI, 11 runs, an .826 slugging percentage and .517 OBP in 12 games ... earned Most Outstanding Player accolades at both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Bloomington Regional ... concluded the season on a 13-game hitting streak ... named the Big Ten Player of the Week twice (Feb. 18, Apr. 1) ... drove in eight runs on six hits in a series sweep at Iowa ... totaled eight RBI, nine hits, two homers and five runs in the B1G Tournament ... accounted for seven runs (4 scored, 3 driven in) versus Austin Peay in the NCAA Regional second day ... tallied five more RBI in the Super Regionals at Florida State ... recorded a hit in all three College World Series games, including a two-double day versus Mississippi State.
FRESHMAN YEAR: 2012
Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the second in school history (Alex Dickerson, 2009) ... tabbed a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper ... also a Perfect Game selection for the Freshman All-American squad ... voted as the All-Big Ten second team first baseman ... unanimous choice to the Big Ten All-Freshman squad ... selected as the Big Ten Player of the Week twice (Mar. 26/Apr. 2) and Freshman of the Week thrice (Mar. 26/Apr. 2/May 7) ... ranked in the conference's top-10 of six offensive categories: 50 RBI (2nd), 17 doubles (4th), nine homeruns (t-5th), 118 total bases (t-5th), 74 hits (t-9th) and .509 slugging percentage (10th) ... added a .319 batting average, .509 slugging number, .397 on-base percentage, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases ... 27 RBI came during Big Ten play, the ninth-highest total in school history ... successfully reached base in the first 30 games of his collegiate career, including a 17-game hitting streak ... stroked two or more hits in nine of the 17 contests during the hitting streak ... started all but one game, playing in each of the 60 ... upped his game in conference contests, hitting .340 with six homeruns and a .995 fielding percentage ... led the team with 23 multi-hit, 15 multi-RBI games and an OPS of .906 ... batted .381 (43 of 113) with runners on and .391 (27 of 69) in scoring position ... combined to go 7-for-10 with three doubles and four runs scored in back-to-back games at Indiana State (3/7) and Cal State Northridge (3/9) ... went 4-for-5 and drove in a pair in his Big Ten debut at Penn State (3/23) ... terrorized Iowa (3/30-4/1) to the tune of five hits, seven RBI and four runs scored in a series victory ... accounted for seven runs on Apr. 6 at Illinois, driving in five and scoring two of his own.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 40th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball June Draft ... named the Illinois Player of the Year by the Chicago Tribune ... posted huge power numbers en route to Providence High School's Class 4A Illinois State Runner-up finish, compiling 17 homeruns, 17 doubles, three triples, 75 RBI and a .504 batting average in 41 games ... he also scored 53 runs and slugged at a 1.023 clip ... named team MVP ... the son of John and Nadine Travis ... has a sister, Irene ... born on August 27, 1993 ... a General Studies major.