2003 Highlights: Connected for a walk-off, two-run homer to lead UIC to the 5-4 extra-inning victory over Viterbo on March 23rd?picked up his first homer of the season in a 7-6 win over UL-Lafayette on March 15th?went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Flames to the 7-0 victory over Youngstown State on April 7th?went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in a 5-4 loss against Northern Illinois on April 2nd?connected for three hits and scored three times in a 28-0 whitewash of Trinity International on April 16th...finished third in UIC history with 50 career doubles...was hit by 26 pitches during his career, good for fifth in school history.
2002 Highlights: Missed a majority of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee?set a school-record with eight RBI as UIC blasted Tennessee-Martin, 27-1?finished that contest with six hits and five runs scored, including two home runs?connected for his third home run in two days as he crushed a solo home run in a 9-3 win over Tennessee-Martin?went 3-for-4 with six RBI in an 11-2 win over Drexel on March 17th.
2001 Highlights: Finished the year with a .318 batting average, which was fifth-highest on the squad?played in 56 of the team?s 60 games while starting in 54?led the team as well as the MCC with 24 doubles and 16 hit-by-pitches and was second for runs scored with 45...his 24 doubles also ranked 18th nationally?also added 32 RBI while compiling a .570 slugging percentage and a .423 on-base percentage, which were both tops on the squad?his 24 doubles were second most in UIC single season history?batted .339 in MCC action?put together 15 multiple-hit outings during the year, including a pair of games with three hits?tallied five multiple-RBI contests?paced the Flames in their three wins over Detroit during the regular season as he hit .467 (7-for-15) with seven hits and four runs scored?compiled a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with a pair of home runs in UIC?s four-game sweep of Cleveland State during the year?was impressive behind the plate as he tallied a .987 fielding percentage with just two errors in 159 total chances.
2000 Highlights: Earned a spot in the starting lineup in 49 of UIC's 59 games, working 13 games behind the plate while batting as the designated hitter in 36 contests?was voted to the MCC's All-Newcomer Team after compiling a .318 batting average with 29 runs scored and 27 RBI?led the Flames with a .526 slugging percentage and was second on the squad with six bombs and 14 doubles?tallied a .400 batting average when the bases were loaded and hit .321 in MCC action?had 11 multiple-hit games, including a 3-for-4, four RBI performance against Wright State in the first round of the 2000 MCC Baseball Championships had a solid weekend at the plate against UW-Milwaukee during the regular season as he hit .428 (6-for-14)?batted .400 (4-for-10) with four runs and four RBI in UIC's three-game sweep of Iowa?put together a 10-game hitting streak during the year, which was fourth-longest on the team?compiled a .988 fielding percentage when behind the plate as he committed just one error in 86 total chances.
Prior to UIC: Began his collegiate career at the University of Florida, but redshirted the 1999 season, giving him four years of eligibility at UIC.
Prep/Personal: Had a tremendous career at The Blake School as he set nine single-season records and 14 career records, including all-time marks for batting average (.419), slugging percentage (.761), hits (102), RBI (76) and home runs (17)?as a senior, he batted .549 with 29 RBI and eight home runs which were all Blake school records?also added 28 runs scored, five doubles and one triple?stole 10 of 11 bases?following the year, he earned Tri-Metro All-Conference and 14A All-Sectional accolades and was voted First Team All-State in the coaches poll while additionally being named team MVP?as a junior, he hit .446 with six home runs, 19 runs scored and 25 RBI as a junior and for his effort was chosen to all-conference and all-sectional teams?a four-year all-district selection in American Legion play, he was named the Fifth District All-Star game MVP?earned a total of 13 letters in high school, including four in both football and hockey?played in the Northwest Collegiate Baseball league during the summer of 1999 and won the batting title (.425) and home run title (five)?was honored as the baseball program?s student-athlete of the year in 2001 while he also earned Verizon/CoSIDA District V Baseball All-Academic First Team honors?born August 3, 1979?son of Bill and Pat Bowen?majoring in Business.