Offense Produces 15 Hits as Duchene Earns Fourth Win and Jay Collects 10th Save
Illinois Moves Back into Tie for Second in Big Ten at 17-5 Behind Duchene, Walton
Kravetz, Muck Keep Illini in Second Place in Big Ten with Second Quality Pitching Performance
Illini Starter, Closer Combine for 12 Strikeouts in Series Opener
Junior Drills Second Consecutive Game-Winning Hit to Complete Comeback Victory
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos of the Illini playing Mizzou at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Photos from Illinois vs. Nebraska baseball
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
2014 - Junior: Opening Day starter at first base and started 51 games at the position ... Tied for the team-lead with 33 RBI and hit .280 with 17 multi-hit games, which was tied for the second-most on the team ... Hit .333 (4-for-12) with a double, two triples and seven RBI during the Michigan State series ... Notched a season-high five RBI with a two-run triple and three-run double in the 10-9 comeback win against Michigan State (5/4) ... Tallied the game-tying RBI triple and scored the winning run on a wild pitch against Michigan State (5/2) ... Smacked second home run and tallied a season-high four RBI as part of a 3-for-5 day against Michigan (4/12) ... Hit his first home run that left the yard at Western Kentucky (3/8) with a two-run shot, marking his second career homer ... Led the Illini with a .385 (5-for-13) average and three RBI in Northwestern series ... Equaled a career-high with two doubles vs. Connecticut (2/23) and led the team with 12 doubles ... Started season on an eight-game hitting streak ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Drasen Johnson, Ryan Nagle and Cody Sedlock during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Sophomore: First-team All-Big Ten selection after hitting .313 with a home run, 39 RBI, 23 stolen bases and a .390 on-base percentage ... Tied for first in the Big Ten with 23 steals and had the fewest errors among Big Ten first baseman with five for a .990 fielding percentage ... Career-best performance came vs. Purdue (4/12), where he went 4-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run for his first career home run and tallied career highs with three runs and six RBI ... Finished 8-for-12 (.667) with nine RBI, five runs, two doubles and one home run during sweep of Purdue while also slugging 1.083 and reaching base at a .733 clip ... Turned in a career-best 11-game hitting streak from March 15-April 2 during which he hit .439 (18-for-41) with five multi-hit games ... Took over at first base in the third game of the season and started 50 games there along with making two starts in left field at Indiana (4/6) and vs. EIU (4/9) ... Walked six times during PSU series, including a career-high four on 5/11 ... Notched first career triple vs. Missouri (4/2) that scored two runs and gave UI the lead at Busch Stadium ... Was named Big Ten Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following the Keith LeClair Classic ... Posted a breakout performance at the Keith LeClair Classic, where he led the Illini in hitting with a .571 average (8-for-14), .643 slugging percentage and .625 on-base percentage ... Also had a team-high nine total bases, four RBI and 31 putouts at first base for the tournament in Greenville ... Had second career three-hit game vs. Oakland (3/29), finishing 3-for-4 with a run, and collected three RBI the next day vs. Oakland (3/30) ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League with Illini teammate Drasen Johnson during the summer. | Game-By-Game Stats
2012 - Freshman: Played in 22 games, starting four at designated hitter ... Hit .192, going 5-for-26 with two RBIs and four runs ... Drove in his first career run against Notre Dame on 2/17 ... Recorded his first hit in his first career start against St. John's on 2/19, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run ... Notched a pinch-hit at Oregon State on 3/10 ... Went 1-for-1 as a late-game replacement at Nebraska on 3/24 ... Started at designated hitter against Mississippi Valley State on 3/31, going 2-for-3 with three runs ... Played for the Springfield Sliders of the Prospect League along with Illini teammates Chase Hainline, Michael Hurwitz and Rob McDonnell during the summer.
Selected in the 42nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals ... Hit .508 with 14 home runs, 44 RBIs, a 1.038 slugging percentage, a .601 on-base percentage and 19-of-19 steals during 2011 season ... Holds Bishop Heelan records for single-season home runs and career doubles ... Led Bishop Heelan to the Iowa State High School Athletic Association substate championship game in 2011 ... Earned seven letters in baseball, football and basketball ... Helped Crusaders to Iowa Class 3A state titles in basketball in 2009-10 and 2010-11 ... Led Crusaders' football team to Iowa Class 3A state runner-up finish in 2010, catching 19 passes for 386 yards, recording 88 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five interceptions and three interceptions returned for touchdowns ... Also returned kickoffs and punts.
Born Feb. 9, 1993 ... Parents are Steve and Tina Kerian ... Majoring in communication ... Has two brothers, Jeff and Matthew ... Favorite athlete is Bryce Harper ... Earliest baseball memory is watching his father play fastpitch softball ... Lists his father as the person who has most influenced his athletic career because he has kept pushing David to reach his goals.
Updated September 2014