Illinois Makes Final Push for Big Ten Tournament
Season-High Crowd of 2,499 Sees Argo, Shelton Homer in Loss
Jordan Parr Blasts 3-Run Homer in Defeat
Justin Parr, Argo Each Record 2 Hits
Roper Notches 2 Hits in Defeat
2012 - Redshirt-Senior: Made eight appearances on the season, including six starts ... Held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in six of eight outings ... Started against No. 27 St. John's on Feb. 19, his first appearance since March 13, 2010, after missing nearly two seasons following Tommy John surgery ... Started and held Lamar to one earned run over 4 1/3 innings on Feb. 25 ... Limited West Virginia to one earned run over 3 1/3 innings in a start on March 11 ... Earned his first win since April 1, 2009, when he held Bradley to one unearned run on one hit and three walks while striking out three over a career-high six innings on March 28 ... Tossed two scoreless innings of relief against Southern Illinois on May 1 ... Held Michigan State to two runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief on May 4, his first Big Ten appearance since May 16, 2009.
2011 - Senior: Redshirted the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the 2010 season.
2010 - Junior: Made three appearances, all in a relief role, before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with an arm injury ... Pitched 1 1/3 innings against St. John at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge on Feb. 28 ... Also pitched against No. 12 Coastal Carolina on March 12 and 13.
2009 - Sophomore: Made a team-high 21 appearances, all in a relief role ... Averaged a team-best 10.62 strikeouts per nine innings ... Totaled eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings over his first three appearances of the season ... Struck out the side in the ninth inning at No. 1 LSU on March 6 to record the save ... Struck out the final batter of the game on March 8 - the only hitter he faced - to seal Illinois' series win at No. 1 LSU ... Put together three consecutive perfect outings against Central Connecticut State (March 24), Michigan State (March 29) and SIU Edwardsville (April 1), notching four strikeouts over four innings of work ... Responded from a rough outing against Minnesota on April 18 by not allowing a run in his next five outings, a total of 4 2/3 innings, while striking out four ... Struck out six hitters over three innings in two outings at Purdue ... Pitched for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer.
2008 - Freshman: Made 15 appearances with three starts ... Shared midweek starter duties with Billy Barrett, beginning games against Saint Louis, Western Illinois and Southern Illinois ... Tossed three no-hit innings against Saint Louis ... Had his best outing against Western Illinois, allowing two runs in five innings to get the win ... Recorded a career-high five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings against Central Connecticut State ... Played for the Fayeteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer.
Ranked No. 8 in the state of Illinois Class of 2007 by Prep Baseball Report ... Along with Illini teammates Pete Cappetta and Casey McMurray, led Top Tier summer team to 2007 Connie Mack World Series ... Ranked 85th in the country in the Class of 2007 by Baseball America ... Named to 2007 Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Star newspapers All-State teams ... 2007 first-team IHSBCA All-State selection ... Named the Star Male Athlete of the Year ... Named All-Southwest Suburban Conference in baseball and football in his junior and senior seasons ... Played at the 2006 SICA All-Star Showcase ... Went 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA for Top Tier during the summer of 2007 ... Selected to play in the 2006 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. ... Earned 10 varsity letters playing football, basketball, and baseball ... Posted a 4-1 record and a 1.75 ERA his junior year at Sandburg ... Went 7-2 with a 1.69 ERA on the Top Tier travel team ... Caught 52 passes for 584 yards during his senior football season ... Made 46 percent of the three-pointers he attempted during the 2006-07 basketball season.
Born Jan. 29, 1986 ... Parents are Chris and Kim Chmielewski ... Majoring in community health ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning a national tournament of 108 teams and being named MVP when he was 13 ... Roger Clemens is his favorite athlete ... His earliest baseball memory is of pitching and hitting a home run in the championship game of a 7-year-old travel-team league ... Named to the honor roll his junior and senior years at Sandburg ... His Fighting Illini hero growing up was Frank Williams.