2006: Appeared in 50 games, with 35 starts at first base ... had 11 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games ... tied for the team lead in doubles with 13 ... tied for second on the team with three home runs ... knocked in a season-high three runs, including a home run, in a 4-2 win over No. 28 Southern Mississippi (3/3) ... launched his second home run of the season to help lead the `Birds to an 8-3 win over regular-season and MVC tournament champion Evansville (4/29) ... one of only two Redbird pitchers with more than five appearances to not allow a home run ... posted a career high five strikeouts in a 7-3 win over Northern Illinois ... preseason All-Valley selection.
2005: Played in 50 games, with 44 starts at first base ... .311 batting average ranked third on the team ... played solid defense at first base with a .991 fielding percentage ... ranked third on the team with three home runs ... recorded seven multi-RBI games ... tallied four RBI in final game of the season against Southern Illinois (5/21).
2004: Worked his way into the role of the everyday first baseman ... played well down the stretch as he collected 10 hits in a seven-game span in May (5/7-5/15) ... made four appearances on the mound, recording four strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Glenbard East HS: Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Player of the Year ... Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year ... 11-1 with a 0.87 ERA as a senior, with 107 strikeouts and only 23 walks ... hit .504 with 49 RBI, five home runs and 19 doubles ... other accolades include DuPage Valley Conference MVP, captain of all-area team, IHSBCA first-team all-state ... team won sectional championship (34-5).
Personal: Born 1-25-85 in Elmhurst, Ill. ... son of Bill and Donna O'Brien ... major: political science.