We continue the countdown today with number 63, Indiana third baseman Sam Travis. In his sophomore campaign with the Hoosiers, Travis started all 65 games in a tough Big Ten schedule. During the 2013 season the 6’0” infielder batted an impressive .316 and ranked second in the Big Ten with 22 doubles, 57 RBI, 10 homeruns, 133 total bases and 39 walks. Travis earned a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hoosiers to their first College World Series appearance in program history. Along the way the third baseman earned Most Outstanding Player awards at both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Bloomington Regional.
The Orland Park, Ill native attended Providence Catholic where he was named the Illinois Player of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. The powerful right-hander put up huge numbers as a senior batting .504 with 17 homeruns, 75 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.023. After finishing just short of a Providence High School Class 4A Illinois State Championship, Travis was drafted in the 40th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
During the 2013 summer, Travis had a great opportunity to compete for the USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He traveled across the globe alongside teammate Kyle Schwarber as they helped the USA squad go 20-3. Indiana baseball was the only program in the country to place two student-athletes on the USA Collegiate National Team. Travis saw action in 19 games including 16 starts. Like any other player selected to the National Team, Travis was proud to represent his country on the baseball diamond.
Travis returns to Indiana for his junior season and looks to bring success to the 2014 Hoosiers season.
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