Biography and Career Highlights 2011: Started all 54 of Illinois State's games at first base ... hit .230 with 46 hits and 34 runs scored ... ranked second on the team with eight home runs and 12 doubles ... legged out one triple ... amassed 45 RBI, which was good for second-most on the team ... slugged .420 and established a .328 on-base percentage ... led the Redbirds with 13 multiple-RBI games ... had nine multiple-hit games ... started the season on a five-game hitting streak ... made the number five play on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 Plays of the Day by making a running catch while tumbling over a fence in front of the first base camera well against Evansville at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., for the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (5/25) ... collected a season-high five RBI on a 3-for-5 performance with two doubles and two runs scored against North Dakota State (3/13) ... slugged two home runs, knocked out a double and collected three RBI against Chicago State (4/2) ... went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in ISU's win at Miami (3/9).
2010: Started 55 of Illinois State's 56 games at first base ... batted .288 with 59 hits and 41 runs scored ... credited with 30 exta-base hits ... knocked out a team-high six triples ... hit the second most doubles and tied for second in home runs with 16 and eight respectively ... slugged .547, which was also second-best for ISU ... started the season on a 10-game hitting streak, and ended the season on a four-game hitting streak ... collected 16 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple RBI games .... knocked out a season-high four hits on a 4-for-5 performance, scoring four runs with two RBI on a double and a home run in Illinois State's win against Wichita State for the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship (5/29) ... drove in a season-high five RBI against St. Bonaventure (2/28) ... hit two home runs against Southern Illinois (4/16) ... earned State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team selection.
College of Lake County: Hit .430 with 11 home runs and an 70 RBI while helping the Lancers to a 32-10 record ... earned All-America honorable mention honors after leading the nation in RBI per game ... helped Lake County win the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference crown and a sectional title ... team finished within two games of the NJCAA Division II World Series ... batted .460 with six homers as a freshman while earning all-conference and all-region honors ... played summer ball with the Chillicothe (Mo.) Mudcats in 2009.
Carmel Catholic HS: Two-year starter in baseball ... earned all-conference honorable mention recognition after batting .390 with five home runs and 12 doubles ... awarded teams gold glove award ... helped team to a 31-6 record, a regional championship and a top-5 ranking in the state ... team won sectional championship and was ranked in the top-5 in the state during junior campaign ... attended same high school as Illinois State teammate Cory Stonelake.
Personal: Born 6-4-89 in Evanston, Ill. ... son of Joe and Darla Amrein ... has two younger brothers, Ben and Duncan ... major: criminal justice sciences