2002 - Defeated Blackburn College, 6-1, with five innings of work in the nightcap of a non-conference doubleheader . . . Threw well at Iowa, going five innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball in relief of Josh Gold in game two of the series . . . Pitched two shutout innings in Illinois’ win against Illinois State . . . Entered the Kent State game in relief of Tim Gorski and went on to throw 5 2/3 innings in his Illini debut while allowing only two hits to pick up his first win in an Illinois uniform . . . First collegiate start came against Massachusetts on the Spring Trip . . . Posted a 2.87 ERA in 13 appearances and 11 starts for the Waterloo, Iowa Bucks of the Northwoods League . . . Threw a complete game shutout, striking out 10 and walking one, in the first round of the playoffs . . . Team won the Northwoods League Championship.
High School - Earned five varsity letters at Glenbard North: three in baseball and two in basketball . . . Posted a 23-5 career record . . . Struck out 93 and walked only eight as a senior for a strikeout to walk ratio of 11.6:1 . . . All-area and all-state honoree in baseball as a junior and senior . . . DuPage Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2001 . . . Participated in all-star games after both his junior and senior seasons . . . All-conference baseball selection in 1999, ’00 and ’01.
Personal - Parents are Bill and Donna Blomquist . . . Plans to major in education . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as “signing letter of intent knowing I’d be playing for the Fighting Illini” . . . Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because of his determination, preparation and focus . . . Plans after school include playing professional baseball and then teaching secondary education and coaching . . . Past summer jobs include working at America’s Pasttime Baseball Academy . . . Lists his parents as the biggest influence on his athletic career by “always pushing me to be the best.”