Joel Barickman
Joel Barickman


Streator, Ill.

High School:

Last College:
North Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190



2006 Senior: Made 19 appearances on the season as Illinois' second-most used reliever • Finished the season 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA • Was better in the Big Ten, goign 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA • Threw scoreless outings against Purdue, Bradley, Northwestern, Illinois State, Minnesota, St. Xavier and Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament • Had his best outing of the season at the Metrodome, shutting the Gophers out in 2 2/3 innings, giving up just one hit while striking out one and picking up a win • Also got the win against Vermont with two innings of relief work, giving up a run on four hits while racking up a career high-tying three strikeouts • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005 Junior: Made 11 appearances, including one start • Notched first win at Texas-Arlington, throwing two innings of shutout, hitless relief • Also defeated Robert Morris • Had scoreless relief appearances at Michigan State (4/8) and vs. Missouri • Played for Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2005 • Led Rochester with eight wins, and had a 2.94 ERA in 49.0 innings of relief.

Earned two varsity letters in baseball at North Central College • Led the CCIW in strikeouts and innings pitched as a sophomore in 2004 • Named to the All-CCIW first team in 2004.

Earned six varsity letters at Streator-Woodland High School, four in baseball and two in football • Had a 1.40 ERA and a 9-3 record in his senior season • Notched 125 strikeouts while allowing only 42 hits in 74 innings his senior season • Named first team All-Midstate Conference in both his junior and senior seasons • Tossed two scoreless innings in the Bloomington Pantagraph's All-Area All-Star game.

Born Oct. 25, 1983 • Parents are James and Judith Barickman • Majoring in general engineering • Brother Jason, 30, is an '05 graduate of UI College of Law and is the chairman of the Champaign County GOP • Lists his biggest thrill in sports as striking out 21 batters in a seven-inning game in his last home start of high school • Lists his father as his biggest influence in baseball • Greg Maddux is his favorite athlete because of his knowledge of the game • His earliest baseball memory is playing catch with his dad in their front yard and not being able to catch the ball • Played under Bill Dwoinen of the Melrose Park Indians in the summer of 2004.