Pitcher Named an NCBWA Second-Team Freshman All-American
Duchene Earns 4th Illini Freshman All-America Honor in Last 6 Years
2006 Wallace Award Watch List
Baseball America Top 50 Senior Prospects
2006 Reshirt Senior: Went 4-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 12 appearances and nine starts Was nearly unhittable at South Florida on March 3, getting the win with six shutout innings of four-hit ball while striking out three Earned a win in the Big Ten opener over Purdue Also got the win with 5 1/3 strong innings of relief in the series finale at Minnesota on April 30, earning back his spot in the starting rotation Pitched Illinois into the Big Ten Tournament with eight shutout innings at Michigan State on May 21, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high eight Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after that performance.
2005 Redshirt Junior: Was Illinois' game-one Big Ten starter the entire season, posting a 10-3 record and a 3.53 ERA Tossed four complete games and led the Illini in innings pitched with 102.0 Allowed only 13 walks on the season, compared with 46 strikeouts Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on 3/1 after a pitching six shutout innings in his first start back from Tommy John surgery Threw a complete-game two-hit shutout at Texas-Pan American in only his second start after elbow surgery Opened the season 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in nonconference action Tossed a complete game in Illinois' Big Ten opener against Ohio State, getting the 7-1 win Went 47 2/3 innings before allowing his first home run at Michigan State Won six straight starts from 3/19-4/22, averaging over seven innings per start in that stretch Had a 6-2 record in Big Ten action, repeatedly starting series well for the Illini Never walked more than two hitters in any game and had five walk-free games Won the NBC World Series with Prairie Gravel during the summer.
2004 Junior: Missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John reconsructive elbow surgery.
2003 Sophomore: Was the game four Big Ten starter for the majority of the season with an ERA of 4.02 with nine appearances and seven starts with a record of 2-2 Collected his first win of the season against Western Michigan, throwing eight innings giving up only two runs, striking out four and walking none Earned his second win and first in the Big Ten against Iowa by throwing 6 2/3 innings while giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out two without a walk Pitched for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer before becoming injured.
2002 Freshman: 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 Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer.
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.
Born Nov. 26, 1982 Parents are Bill and Donna Blomquist Plans to major in sports management 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 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."