Played for the Quincy Gems of the Central Illinois Collegiate League ... was a mid-season and post-season all-star selection ... was 2-3 in the mid-season all-star game ... recorded an 11-game hitting streak, the longest streak in the CICL ... batted .424 (14-33) during the 11-game streak ... had 33 hits in 147 at-bats, an average of .224 ... posted a fielding percentage of .938 ... scored eight runs and drove in 11.
Played in 50 games, starting 48 at shortstop ... batted .299, collecting 41 hits in 137 at-bats ... scored 27 runs and drove home 29 ... hit .261 in Big Ten action, producing 18 hits in 69 at-bats ... was the top fielding shortstop in the Big Ten with a .989 fielding percentage in conference games ... fielded at a .970 percentage for the season, committing just six errors in 200 chances ... had 11 multi-hit games ... was 2-4 against Sacred Heart (3/2) with two runs and one RBI ... had first career three-hit game vs. Kentucky (3/7) in four at-bats ... drove home a career-high four runs on two hits, including second career home run, against Middle Tennessee State (3/15) ... was a perfect 4-4 at the plate at Ball State, scoring two runs while driving home three ... was 8-12 in a four-game series against Indiana (5/11-12) ... was 3-4 at Indiana (5/11) with a double and two RBI.
Played for the Quincy Gems of the Central Illinois Collegiate League ... batted .192 in 48 games, collecting five doubles, one triple and one home run ... scored 17 runs and drove home 17.
Played in 50 games, starting 44 ... batted .293 with 39 hits, eight doubles, 25 runs scored and 21 RBI ... had 10 multi-hit games ... stole two of his season's four stolen bases vs. George Washington (3/3) ... was 2-3 with two runs scored against Wofford (3/11) ... collected two hits in each of two games against Coastal Carolina, batting a collective 4-8 with a double, three runs and three RBI ... had back-to-back two-hit games, batting 2-4 against Ball State (4/3) with two runs and two RBI, then 2-4 vs. Illinois (4/5) with one run and two RBI ... hit 2-2 with a double and drove in two runs against Northwestern (4/13) ... had two, two-hit games against Ohio State (4/26 and 4/27), scoring two runs and driving in one in the latter ... drove in two runs in a game against Indiana (5/14) ... was 2-3 with a run scored vs. Evansville (5/15).
Hit .256 with 12 runs batted in for Decatur Blues of Central Illinois Collegiate League ... had eight doubles, one triple and five stolen bases.
Played in 26 games and made 11 starts ... started first six games of season at third base ... scored eight runs and drove in five ... had eight hits, including one home run ... had .347 on-base percentage ... played in seven Big Ten games with two starts ... had four conference at-bats ... scored three runs in league games ... had a base hit and drove in one run in collegiate debut vs. top-ranked Rice (4/16) ... went 2-4 with one RBI and converted 5-4-3 double play to seal win against Wake Forest (2/18) ... had a base hit vs. Ball State (2/23) and at Austin Peay (2/25) ... entered game as pinch-hitter vs. Vanderbilt (3/4) ... starting third baseman at San Diego (3/13) ... had a pinch hit in only at-bat at UC-Riverside (3/16) ... had RBI sacrifice-fly at Cal State Northridge (3/17) ... scored a run and drove in one run vs. Valparaiso (3/27) ... pinch-ran and scored run at Northwestern (4/7) ... pinch hit at Butler (4/11) ... drew walk as pinch-hitter and scored run against Penn State (4/15) ... scored two runs, had one base hit and drove in one run vs. Illinois State (4/18) ... drew walk as pinch-hitter and scored run at Illinois (4/21) ... drew walk as pinch-hitter vs. Michigan in Big Ten Tournament game (5/17).
Four-year letterwinner at Teutopolis High School ... was conference player of the year and all-state selection as both junior and senior ... earned area player of the year accolades as junior ... all-conference, all-area selection as sophomore ... also earned four letters in basketball ... was basketball second-team all-state and conference and area player of the year as senior.
Mitch Andrew Koester was born on Dec. 4, 1981, in Effingham, Ill. ... son of Steve and Tina Koester ... has two brothers, Cole and Wade ... is enrolled in the School of Liberal Arts.