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Kevin Nelson
Kevin Nelson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
Rolling Meadows

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 180

Position:
C

B/T:
R/R


2003 Highlights: Named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after batting .429 (6-for-14), along with a homer and a team-leading seven RBI?collected four RBI, three hits and two runs scored in an 11-4 victory over Cleveland State in the Horizon League Tournament opener?connected for a two-run homer and three RBI in a 9-0 whitewash over Butler in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals?batting a career-high .309 on the campaign?tied for the team lead and is second in the Horizon League with 15 doubles?went 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored in a 20-2 victory over IPFW on April 26th?picked up two hits - including a homer - and two RBI in a 6-0 win over Viterbo on March 23rd?is batting .449 against left-handed pitchers?went 3-for-5 with a RBI in a 11-4 victory over UL-Lafayette?has thrown out 56.7% (21-of-37) attempted base stealers?is 10th in the league with a slugging percentage of .459.

2002 Highlights: Was second on the team with five home runs and third on the squad with 38 RBI?connected for home runs in three consecutive games against Xavier (March 1st) and Tennessee-Martin (March 8th, 9th)?blasted grand slams against Tennessee-Martin (March 9th) and Judson College (April 16th)?collected two hits and three RBI in a 14-4 victory over Ball State on March 15th?went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI in a 27-1 triumph over Tennessee-Martin on March 8th?garnered two hits and two RBI to help UIC claim the Horizon League regular-season title with a 10-5 victory over UW-Milwaukee on May 19th?batted .294 in Horizon League action.

2001 Highlights: In his sophomore campaign, played in 46 games while starting behind the plate in 35?compiled a .265 batting average with 19 runs driven in and 18 runs scored?his extra base hits included five doubles while he totaled nine multiple-hit games and three multiple-RBI contests?upped his average to .351 in MCC outings?was solid behind the plate all year long as he was errorless in 226 total chances for a 1.000 fielding percentage?had one of his best games of the season against UW-Milwaukee on April 29 as he went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI and finished the four-game series with the Panthers with a .565 batting average (6-for-11)?compiled a .500 batting average (1-for-2) in UIC?s four-game sweep of Cleveland State in early April.

2000 Highlights: As a rookie, handled the catching chores in 44 games while starting behind the plate in 25 outings?compiled a .200 batting average with 19 runs scored and 19 RBI?registered five multiple-hit outings during the year and four multiple-RBI contests?his four home runs during the season were third-most on the team while he also legged out three doubles?enjoyed a tremendous night at the plate in UIC's 17-8 win over Chicago State on April 5 as he went 3-for-4 with six RBI, three runs scored, one double and two home runs, including a grand slam?at Western Michigan, he enjoyed a 2-for-4, two RBI, two-runs scored afternoon?behind the plate, he compiled a .980 fielding percentage.

Prep/Personal: Had a strong career at Rolling Meadows and owns the school record for fewest errors by a catcher?as a senior, he led Mustangs to a 27-7 record and a division title with a .460 batting average, 46 hits and 31 RBI?hustled out 16 doubles and one triple while hitting four home runs?behind the plate, he recorded the fewest errors on the squad and also recorded the most putouts?following the year, he garnered Mid-Suburban South All-Conference accolades as well as all-area and third team all-state honors?selected the MSL East Player of the Year?also voted Rolling Meadows' Athlete of the Year?as a junior, he batted .330 with 36 hits, 26 RBI and 10 runs scored en route to all-conference recognition?as a sophomore, started on the varsity squad and hit .400 with team-bests of 36 RBI and eight home runes?tied a state record with three home runs in one game and set a new record with two bombs in a single inning?was called up to the varsity squad as a freshman for Rolling Meadows' trip downstate and backed up brother Erik behind the plate?also played football and basketball for the Mustangs?born April 8, 1981?son of Gary and Karen Nelson?plans to pursue a Secondary Education degree.

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