4 Jeff Thomas
2007: Belted a pair of dramatic home runs, the second and third round trippers of his career, in consecutive games against Western Michigan ... Totaled seven multi-hit games and six multi-RBI contests, including four outings with three RBI, on the year ... Hit two home runs, had 10 RBI and scored 10 runs in 17 MAC games ... Went 3-for-5 (.600) with two RBI as a pinch-hitter on the year ... Hit .429 (3-for-7) with seven RBI in bases-loaded situations during the season ... Led NIU with a .429 average and seven runs scored with four RBI in night games ... Singled and scored a run in the season opener at Texas Tech (2/23) ... Scored two runs and had two hits, including double, at Texas Tech (2/24) ... Drove in two runs, scored twice and doubled vs. Maine (3/10) ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI at Florida Atlantic (3/14) ... Drove in three runs on two hits, including a double, vs. Fordham (3/15) ... Collected three hits, two runs scored and a stolen base in game one of a doubleheader at Bradley and had a RBI single and run scored in the nitecap (3/28) ... Delivered a clutch pinch-hit RBI single with two strikes and two outs in the ninth to send game into extra innings at Akron (4/1) ... Recorded a pinch-hit RBI single at Illinois State (4/10) ... Had two hits and a stolen base vs. St. Xavier (4/17) ... Had a pinch-hit single and eventually came around to score at Central Michigan (4/21) ... Hit a three-run game-tying home run in ninth inning vs. Western Michigan (5/5) ... Belted a two-run game-tying home run in the seventh inning as part of three-RBI, two-hit game vs. Western Michigan (5/6) ... Had two singles, two runs scored and two stolen bases at Ball State (5/11) ... Scored four runs and went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored vs. Chicago State (5/15) ... Singled vs. Kent State at the MAC Tournament (5/23) ... Had two RBI vs. Eastern Michigan at the MAC Tournament (5/25) ... Totaled 14 hits, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer season.
2006: Earned team's Most Improved Player award ... Hit .294 with 11 doubles, one home run and 23 RBI while starting 47 of 54 games played on the season ... Placed ninth in the MAC with 15 stolen bases ... Had 25 hits and 12 RBI in 26 MAC games ... Tied for fourth in the MAC with eight steals in conference play ... Delivered a pinch-hit single and went 2-for-2 with a run scored at Arizona State (2/3) ... Walked and singled, with a RBI and a run scored at Arizona State (2/4) ... Blasted his first career home run as part of a two-hit, two-RBI performance vs. UW-Milwaukee (2/26) ... Had three hits, including a double, and scored a run at Southern Illinois (3/4) ... Belted out four hits, including a double, and scored a run at St. Mary's (3/10) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and a run at San Jose State (3/13) ... Had two hits with a run scored and a RBI at Nevada (3/18) ... Totaled three hits with a RBI, run scored, and stolen base in game one of a doubleheader at Ohio and added two hits with a RBI, run scored, and a stolen base in the nitecap (3/26) ... Had two hits, including a double, with two runs vs. Kent State (4/9) ... Doubled and tripled with two RBI and a run scored vs. Chicago State (4/19) ... Collected three hits, including a double, with two RBI vs. Central Michigan (4/22) ... Walked, singled, and scored twice vs. Chicago State (4/26) ... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI, one run scored and a stolen base vs. Northwestern (5/3) ... Singled, scored, and stole a base at Western Michigan (5/5) ... Had a hit, stolen base and run scored vs. Toledo (5/19).
2005: Played in 10 games with five starts and hit .250 as a freshman ... Totaled six hits, two runs, and one RBI for the season ... Recorded his first collegiate hit at Western Michigan (4/8) ... Walked twice, singled, and scored a run vs. Chicago State (4/19) ... Reached base on a hit and a walk vs. Central Michigan (4/24) ... Drove in first collegiate RBI against Purdue-North Central (4/26).
High School: Named NIC-9 Conference and team Most Valuable Player after hitting .566 with school-record 14 doubles and six triples while adding 13 stolen bases as a senior ... Led team to a 31-7 record and regional and sectional championships during his senior campaign ... Earned basketball team's MVP award during his senior year on the hardwood.
Personal:Preventative and rehabilitative exercise science major ... Born Aug. 6, 1986 ... Son of Michael and Deborah Thomas ... Admires Kenny Lofton and Andruw Jones.
THOMAS' CAREER STATISTICS
YR AVG G/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO
2007 .228 49/39 162 32 37 5 1 2 24 8 9 17
2006 .294 54/47 180 30 53 11 1 1 23 15 13 18
2005 .250 10/5 24 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 5
Career .262 113/91 366 64 96 16 2 3 48 23 25 40
Long Hit Streak: 7 (2006)
THOMAS' CAREER HIGHS
Hits: 4, at Saint Mary's, 3/10/06
Runs Batted In: 3, 3x, last vs. Western Michigan, 5/6/07
Runs Scored: 4, vs. Chicago State, 5/15/07
Doubles: 1, 16x, last vs. Chicago State, 5/15/07
Triples: 1, twice, last at Akron, 3/30/07
Home Runs: 1, 3x, last vs. Western Michigan, 5/6/07
Stolen Bases: 2, at Ball State, 5/11/07