Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Offense Produces 15 Hits as Duchene Earns Fourth Win and Jay Collects 10th Save
Illini Notch School-Record Fourth Big Ten Series Sweep, Improve to 9-0 in Conference Road Games
Junior Becomes Seventh Illini with Three-Homer Game, First Since Argo in 2009
Every Illini Contributes on Offense; Castellanos Earns Win with Six Solid Innings
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
Illinois baseball at Houston Baptist and UT Arlington. 3/1/13 - 3/3/13
Illinois at Tennessee Tech - 2/15-2/17
2014 - Sophomore: Went 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 22.2 innings and 18 appearances all out of the bullpen ... Boasted a 1.74 ERA over his final 16 appearances on the mound ... Did not allow a run in 14 of 18 appearances ... Earned first win with two scoreless innings of relief at Iowa (5/11) ... Had a scoreless inning at Penn State (4/20) and against Southern Illinois (4/30) ... Allowed two runs to Missouri (4/23) in an inning at Busch Stadium ... Pitched a scoreless 10th inning at Northwestern (4/5) ... Turned in a scoreless inning at home vs. Illinois State (3/26) and posted 2.1 scoreless innings on the road at Illinois State (4/15) ... Tallied two scoreless and hitless appearances during the Xavier series (3/22-23) ... Threw a season-high three scoreless innings at Southern Illinois (3/15) ... Held onto a one-run lead with a scoreless eighth inning vs. FGCU (2/28) ... Had a scoreless inning vs. Connecticut (2/23) ... Pitched out of the bullpen in the final two games of the Georgia State series ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Played for the Wisconsin Rapids River Rafters of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Michael Hurwitz and John Kravetz during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Freshman: Started six games and finished 2-1 with three no decisions along with making four appearances out of the bullpen ... Compiled a 5.17 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts and 11 walks ... Turned in a quality start in his first career win over Boston College (2/24), striking out five over 6.2 innings with no earned runs ... Won his second-straight game by allowing two earned runs over 6.2 innings vs. Houston Baptist (3/2) ... Retired all 11 batters he faced in a perfect 3.2 innings of relief at Ohio State (4/21) ... Received a no decision after pitching five innings and allowing three runs at Baylor (3/9) in game one of the doubleheader ... Made Illini debut at Tennessee Tech (2/17), allowing three earned runs over 4.1 innings while receiving a no decision ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League along with Illini teammates Ryan Nagle and Adam Walton during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Listed as the No. 21 prospect in the class of 2012 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... Led Neuqua Valley to an IHSA Class 4A regional title in 2011, earning the victory in the regional championship game ... Went 4-3 with a 4.70 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings in 2011 ... Went 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 15 innings during the 2011 summer state tournament ... Named to the 2011 Phil Lawler Summer Classic All-Tournament team ... Named Academic All-Upstate Eight Conference in 2011.
Born July 10, 1994 ... Parents are Tim and Nancy Blackburn ... Majoring in business ... Has one sister, Lauren, who also attends Illinois ... Favorite athlete is Mariano Rivera ... Earliest baseball memory is going to a White Sox game with his dad (but he is a Cubs fan) ... Lists his father as the most influential person in his athletic career because he taught him the game and coached his youth travel team ... Plans after school include either playing professionally or finding a secure job in the business field.
Updated September 2014