Photos from the first game of the Illinois-Penn State series.
AT ILLINOIS 2011 - Senior: Made 17 appearances, all in a starting role, on the season ... Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team ... Tied for the Big Ten lead in complete games with four ... Six of his seven longest outings came on the road, as he posted a 6-3 record with a 2.86 ERA in games away from Illinois Field ... Held opponents to a .243 average with two outs ... Ranked second on the team with a 1.36 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) ... Received only 3.0 runs of support per start ... Allowed only one runs over five innings in his first career start against Cincinnati on Feb. 19, earning a win ... Notched a win against Western Kentucky on March 12, holding the Hilltoppers to two runs on five hits in six innings ... Posted three shutout innings against Illinois State on March 30 to earn the victory ... Took the loss despite holding Penn State to three runs - two earned - in an eight-inning complete-game effort on April 2 ... Gave up three runs on seven hits in another eight-inning complete-game loss at Michigan on April 17 ... Threw a nine-inning complete game against Michigan State on April 23, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts ... Allowed three runs - one earned - while striking out six in a complete-game effort to beat Northwestern on April 30 ... Earned a win at Purdue on May 14, giving up four runs in 8 2/3 innings of work ... Held Michigan State to one runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings to earn a win in the Big Ten Tournament ... Notched a win against Kansas State in the NCAA Fullerton Regional on June 4, allowing three runs - one earned - in eight innings ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010 - Junior: Made 14 appearances on the season, all out of the bullpen ... Posted eight scoreless outings on the year ... Tossed two shutout innings against St. John's on Feb. 28 and a scoreless inning against East Carolina on March 5 ... Had consecutive scoreless outings against Dartmouth (March 24) and Illinois State (3/30) ... Pitched a scoreless inning against Eastern Illinois on April 13 ... Worked a career-high six innings of relief against Michigan on April 16 ... Struck out a career-high four at Michigan State on April 24 ... Finished the season with three consecutive scoreless outings: Butler (5/5), Purdue (5/14) and at Indiana (5/20) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Derby Twins of the Jayhawk League during the summer.
2009 - Sophomore: Joined the team in the fall of 2008 after making it through walk-on tryouts ... Made 20 relief appearances on the season, posting a 1-2 record and a 4.10 ERA in 26 1/3 innings ... His .235 opponents' batting average was a team-best ... Became a dependable arm out of the bullpen with 10 scoreless outings ... Pitched in 13 of Illinois' last 25 games of the season ... Allowed one or zero hits in 16 of his 20 appearances ... Started his career by tossing four scoreless innings over four appearances, including a save against Texas-Arlington on March 1 ... Posted four consecutive outings without allowing an earned run from March 27-April 15 ... Didn't allow an earned run in three outings from May 5-8, racking up five strikeouts with only two hits allowed, including a perfect inning against No. 29 Ohio State to allow Illinois to pull off a 5-4 comeback win in the ninth inning.
CLUB 2007-08: Played for the Illinois club baseball team, which finished second at the 2008 NCBA D-II World Series ... Went 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and a save in the World Series and led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings.
Earned eight total varsity letters - three in baseball, four in soccer and one in football ... First-team All-South Seven Conference and honorable mention All-State as a kicker in 2005 ... First-team All-South Seven Conference for soccer in 2005.
Born June 7, 1988 ... Son of Edwin and Sarah Anderson ... Earned his bachelor's degree in political science with a history minor in May 2010 ... Finished his master's degree in library information science in August 2011 ... His biggest thrill in sports was kicking the game-winning field goal to clinch the conference championship during his senior year in high school ... His favorite athlete is Ernie Banks because he is Mr. Cub and his passion for baseball is greater than anyone else's ... Made Illinois' Dean's List in 2007 ... His earliest baseball memory was winning the league championship when he was eight.