Honor Roll - Collegiate Baseball Third-Team All-American 2001, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year 2001, ABCA First-Team Mideast Region 2001, First-Team All-Big Ten 2001, Big Ten Pitcher of the Week 3/26/01
2001 - 2001 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year is the first pitcher of the year with a chance to defend his title since Ohio State's Justin Fry won the award as a sophomore in 1997 ... University of Illinois Athlete of the Year finalist ... Dickinson finished the year ranked among Illinois' single-season top 10 in wins (11, 5th), innings pitched (115.1, 3rd), strikeouts (99, 3rd) and winning percentage (.917, 6th) ... Needs just one more career victory to rank among Illinois' career wins leaders and 11 wins to tie Mark Dressen's all-time mark of 30 ... Already ranks among UI career top 10 in winning percentage (.792, 8th) ... Led the Big Ten in wins (11), strikeouts (99), games started (15) and innings pitched (115.1) ... Also ranked among league leaders with a 3.51 ERA (3rd) and 20 appearances (6th) ... In conference games led the league in wins (5) while ranking second in strikeouts (53) and innings pitched (56.0) ... Averaged 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings ... Won Illinois' only game at the Big Ten Tournament with a 9-5 upset decision over second-seeded Purdue after throwing a complete-game nine innings even though the game was played over two days (four innings the first day and five innings the next morning) due to severe weather in Columbus ... Victory marked Dickinson's second complete-game win at a Big Ten Tournament as he improved his postseason record to 2-1 overall ... Posted a 5-1 conference mark ... Threw seven complete games and twice took shutouts into the ninth inning against Big Ten teams ... Did not allow a run until at least the eighth inning in three of seven conference starts ... Earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors after a dominant 10-1 win over Michigan State at home ... Tenth Illini pitcher in school history to win 10 games in a single season ... Also had two saves (the most on the team) in midweek work ... Struck out a career-high 12 against Iowa and struck out 10 or more on four different occasions ... Only loss came at Ohio State ... Perfect 6-0 in six starts at home including an upset, 11-4 win over then-first place Purdue on April 20 ... Threw complete games in both the Illini Desert Classic (vs. BYU) and Lousiville Cardinal Baseball Classic (vs. Illinois State) to help Illinois win two consecutive preseason tournament titles.Ê
2000 - Threw a complete game, three-hitter against the nation's top offense in shutting down Penn State, 5-3, in game two of the Big Ten Tournament ... One of four Illini pitchers to combine to throw five complete games at the tournament, a Big Ten tournament record for a pitching staff ... Penn State game was his third complete game effort ... Started Illinois' game against No. 8 Clemson at the NCAA Regionals, allowing four earned runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings ... Threw his first complete game in his first collegiate start April 12 against Indiana State University ... Struck out a career-high eight batters against Indiana State ... Picked up his first Big Ten victory of the season at Michigan State after pitching seven innings and striking out two in his first Big Ten start ... Allowed a season-high seven runs against Purdue ... Rebounded against Ohio State, picking up his sixth win after allowing only one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings ... Threw second career complete game in 7-1 win over Indiana ... Allowed only six hits while striking out five Hoosiers ... Had three no-walk appearances ... Eight wins were second on the team ... 22 appearances were second to only closer Matt Vorwald on the team ... Got wins against UTPA, Duquesne and IPFW in early season relief work.
1999 - Freshman was scheduled to redshirt but coaches made decision to play him once injuries began to plague the pitching staff ... Posted a 10.00 ERA in nine appearances, all out of the bullpen ... Struck out eight and walked only three in nine innings of work ... Posted an 0-1 record, suffering a loss against Ohio State ... Recorded final two outs to get Illinois out of bases-loaded jam in game four, 7-1 win at Michigan ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League ... Posted a 4-0 record with 3.26 ERA and two saves in 58 innings of work for the Bucks.
High School - Earned six varsity letters at Freeport: one in basketball, two in golf and three in baseball ... Co-conference baseball MVP as a senior along with fellow Illini Matt Vorwald ... A two-time first-team all-conference selection ... Hit .436 as a senior and .424 as a junior ... Recorded a 17-1 mark on the mound over high school career ... Also picked off 33 runners in three years of high school.
Personal - Parents are Harold and Debra Dickinson ... Majoring in speech communications ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning the Big Ten Tournament in 2000 ... An honor roll student all four years of high school ... Parents most influenced his athletic career by encouraging him to be the best he could be.
Andy Dickinson Career Statistics
Andy Dickinson Career Big Ten Statistics