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.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
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.