2002 - Threw a complete game seven inning shutout over Blackburn College for a 4-0 win in his first collegiate start . . . Made his first Big Ten appearance during the Saturday doubleheader against Michigan . . . Pitched five shutout innings in the Illini’s 6-0 victory over Illinois College while striking out seven . . . Struck out one of his two batters in 2/3 of an inning of relief in game one against Northwestern . . . Picked up his first collegiate victory against Northeastern after throwing 2 1/3 innings . . . Pitched a shutout inning of relief against Western Michigan . . . Pitched three shutout innings against Western Illinois in relief while striking out four . . . Wne 3-3 with a 4.75 ERA in 15 games and four starts for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League over the summer.
High School - Earned six varsity letters at Alleman: three each in baseball and basketball . . . Posted a 5-2 record with a 2.42 ERA as a senior with 59 strikeouts . . . Named to the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Class A All-State team . . . Hit .451 as a junior . . . Earned all-metro honors in baseball as a junior and senior and in basketball as a senior . . . Also named all-conference as a senior in baseball and basketball . . . Baseball team captain his senior season . . . Named Player of the Game for the Central Illinois Showcase and threw three innings in 2001 East-West All-Star Game . . . Named to the Quad City All-Metro team and earned recognition from the Quad City Times for Outstanding Achievement.
Personal - Parents are Greg and Sue Conroy . . . Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences . . . Chose Illinois because “it is a Big Ten school and has a great academic reputation” . . . Knew he would sign at Illinois as soon as he visited the campus for the first time and met the coaching staff and team . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as hitting a grand slam his senior year and nailing two free throws to clinch a sectional victory in basketball his junior year . . . One of two pitchers from his class at Alleman to sign with a Division I baseball program . . . Lists Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete of all time . . . Lists playing professional baseball as his plans after finishing school because it has been a dream of his since he was a little kid . . . Lists his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career because “since I can remember, he was always catching me or giving me batting practice in the backyard. My dad always made it a point to just have fun no matter how stressful or serious a game may be.”