Former big-leaguer Scott Stahoviak, who is entering his third season, continues to make his presence felt upon the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad as the Flames turned in another record-breaking performance on their way to their first-ever NCAA Regional berth in 2003.
UIC set school-records in both hits (630) and batting average (.329) during the 2003 campaign. The Flames' .329 batting average was also good for 11th in the country.
A first round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1991, Stahoviak spent 10 seasons playing professional baseball, including three in the Major Leagues as a member of both the Twins and the Chicago Cubs. His best year in the majors came in 1996 with the Twins as he batted .284 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI.
Stahoviak, a former first and third baseman, played his college ball at Creighton University for Jim Hendry, now the general manager of the Chicago Cubs, and still ranks among the top five in several career categories. Stahoviak's .418 career batting average is first in the Bluejays record book while he's tied for first with 63 doubles, ranks second for hits with 282 and is fifth with 200 runs scored.
A freshman All-American in 1989, Stahoviak's most impressive season with the Bluejays came during his junior season in 1991 as he led Creighton to its only College World Series appearance. Stahoviak batted .449 with 87 runs scored and 120 hits, which are still both single season records, while driving in 74 runs. Following the campaign, he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, a First Team All-American and the American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year.
Stahoviak has also worked extensively as a hitting instructor, giving both private and group lessons. He currently resides in Mundelein, Ill., with his wife, Susan and children Michael (9) and Emily (5).