Baseball


Wes Braun
Wes Braun
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Deerfield, Ill.

High School:
Deerfield

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 195

Position:
RHP

Birthdate:
11/24/1987

B/T:
R/R

AT ILLINOIS
2011 - Senior: Named to the Jewish Sports Review All-America first team ... Named to the All-Big Ten third team ... Made 19 appearances, all out of the bullpen ... Went 2-0 with a team-best 1.47 ERA and six saves ... Didn't allow an earned run until May 1 at Northwestern, breaking a string of 13 innings without giving up an earned run ... Limited opponents to a .164 batting average ... Posted a 1.25 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) ... Held opponents to a .105 average with two outs ... Earned his first save of the year with a scoreless 1/3 of an inning at Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 25 ... Posted a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of work against Central Michigan on March 4 ... Had a scoreless 2/3 of an inning at Western Kentucky on March 13 ... Notched a save against Saint Louis with a scoreless inning of work ... Struck out two each in scoreless outings at Southern Illinois (March 20) and against Illinois State (March 30) ... Earned a save with a scoreless inning at Penn State on April 1 ... Pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning at Bradley on April 5 ... Notched a save against Iowa on April 8 with a scoreless inning of work ... Earned a win against Iowa on April 10, allowing two unearned runs in two innings of work ... Pitched scoreless innings against Southern Illinois (April 13) and Eastern Illinois (April 20) ... Earned a save with a scoreless 2/3 of an inning against Michigan State on April 24 ... Tossed a scoreless inning against Illinois College (May 4) and a perfect inning against Ohio State (May 6) ... Notched a save with a perfect 1/3 of an inning at Purdue on May 14 ... Pitched two perfect innings to earn the win against Indiana on May 21 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2010 - Junior: Made 16 appearances, all out of the bullpen ... Posted a career year, going 2-0 with a 4.43 ERA ... Had a 1.29 ERA in five appearances at home ... Didn't allow an earned run in 11 1/3 innings over seven appearances from April 7-23 ... Pitched a career-high 3 2/3 scoreless innings against Missouri at Busch Stadium on April 7 ... Pitched all but one of his innings over 15 appearances in Illinois' final 37 games of the year ... Pitched in 11 of Illinois' last 25 games, totaling 13 2/3 innings ... Pitched for the Albany Dutchmen of the New York Collegiate Baseball League during the summer.

2009 - Sophomore: Made seven appearances, all out of the bullpen ... Posted a scoreless, hitless inning against No. 1 LSU on March 7 ... Tossed a scoreless inning against Southern Illinois on April 28 ... Also had a scoreless inning against Evansville on May 6 ... Played for the Albany Dutchmen of the New York Collegiate Baseball League during the summer, allowing only 24 hits over 34 2/3 innings and recording a team-high 34 strikeouts.

2008 - Redshirt-Freshman: Made 13 appearances, all out of the bullpen ... All 13 appearances came in a span of 38 games from March 21-May 16 ... Kept Illinois' no-hit bid alive against Saint Louis with two perfect innings and two strikeouts ... Also tossed perfect innings against Minnesota and Western Illinois ... Turned in shutout appearances against Central Connecticut State, Illinois College, Michigan, Southern Illinois and Purdue ... Left-handed hitters hit just .190 against him ... Earned a spot on the team in the fall of 2007 following open tryouts ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Played for the Chicago Clout of the Skyscraper League during the summer.

2007 - Freshman: Not a member of the UI squad.

HIGH SCHOOL
Compiled a 1.80 ERA during Central Suburban League North play in 2006 ... All-CSL as a first baseman and pitcher in 2006 ... Deerfield team MVP in 2006 ... Named a junior all-star in the CSL as both a first baseman and pitcher in 2005, and named a senior all-star at first base and pitcher in 2006 ... Three-time letterwinner, earning two in baseball and one in soccer.

PERSONAL
Born Nov. 24, 1987 ... Parents are Sheldon and Lynn Braun ... Has two older sisters, Jen and Haley ... Earned his B.A. in speech communication in December 2009 and is pursuing an MBA ... Member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity ... Lists his biggest sports thrill as winning the CSL in 2006 and catching the final out of the clinching game ... His earliest baseball memory is former MLB outfielder Dave Martinez hitting a home run after rubbing Wes' hat on his jersey for good luck ... Four-year honor roll member at Deerfield.

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