Illini Starter, Closer Combine for 12 Strikeouts in Series Opener
Illinois Ties It with Two RBI Triples in Eighth; Kerian Scores Winning Run on Wild Pitch
Illinois Wins Series Opener in Happy Valley to Snap Three-Game Skid
Illinois Pitches Back-to-Back 1-0 Shutouts for Second Time in School History
Johnson Matches Career-High 10 Strikeouts as Illini Score Second-Most Runs This Season
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos of the Illini playing Mizzou at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
Photos from the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina
Photos from Illinois' Honor and Serve Day and 8-6 win over Michigan State.
2014 - Redshirt-Junior: Boasted a 2.91 ERA, which ranked 11th in the Big Ten, and 5-7 record in 15 starts with the lowest run support on the team at 2.4 runs per game ... Ranked second in the Big Ten with 79 strikeouts, sixth with a team-high 96 innings pitched and tied for 10th with 20 walks allowed ... Equaled a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings against Michigan State (5/21) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Threw second career complete game in 2-1 loss at Nebraska (5/15) ... Fifth win came at Iowa (5/9) with one run and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings ... Cruised through the first seven innings against Michigan State (5/2), but ended up with a no decision after allowing four runs total ... Notched fourth win with seven shutout innings in 1-0 win over Michigan (4/11) ... Picked up his third win of the season by throwing seven scoreless innings and tying a career-high 10 strikeouts at Northwestern (4/4) ... Threw seven straight scoreless innings before allowing the only run of the game on a two-out RBI double in the eighth at Western Kentucky (3/9), suffering his first loss despite posting a complete-game eight innings ... Tossed 6.1 scoreless innings without a walk in his second win at Florida (3/2) ... Earned first win of the year at Coastal Carolina (2/22) with one earned run (three runs) and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings ... Made first career Sunday start at Georgia State (2/16) and received a no decision after recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in a career-high 6.1 innings ... Entered the Illini rotation this season after spending his first two years in the bullpen ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates David Kerian, Ryan Nagle and Cody Sedlock during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Redshirt-Sophomore: Finished 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 20 appearances, totaling 12 strikeouts ... In final 12 appearances, only allowed one run and 11 hits over 17.2 IP (0.51 ERA) while picking up three wins ... Appeared in 19 games out of the bullpen and made one start, compiling 29.1 IP ... Turned in two scoreless appearances in both the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Nashville Regional ... His third win clinched a berth into the Big Ten Tournament following 2.1 scoreless innings at Minnesota (5/17) ... Pitched a scoreless eighth vs. Penn State (5/12) and picked up his second win ... Earned first win vs. Southern Illinois (4/30), tossing 3.1 innings of relief ... Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings at Illinois State (4/16), 1.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts at Ohio State (4/19) and struck out only batter faced at Ohio State (4/20) while appearing in three straight games ... Escaped a bases-loaded jam with a double play when he entered the game in the seventh at Southern Illinois (3/16) and finished with 2.1 scoreless innings ... Escaped another bases-loaded jam with a double play when he entered the game in the fifth at Indiana (4/6) and finished with 1.2 scoreless innings ... Tossed a scoreless inning vs. Missouri (4/2) at Busch Stadium ... Made first start of season in game two of the doubleheader vs. Nebraska (3/23) ... Threw a scoreless inning of relief in the extra-inning victory at Baylor (3/9) in game one of the doubleheader ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League with Illini teammate David Kerian during the summer. | Game-By-Game Stats
2012 - Redshirt-Freshman: Made 16 appearances on the season, including four starts ... Started the final four Big Ten series finales ... Went 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 39 innings, striking out 21 and walking 13 ... Allowed only 12 earned runs, striking out 16 while walking only four, in 27 2/3 innings (3.90 ERA) over his last seven appearances of the season ... Stranded 13 of the 20 runners he inherited ... Posted two scoreless outings at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, including 2 2/3 scoreless innings against No. 25 Louisville ... Had three consecutive scoreless relief outings against Connecticut (3/10), Northern Illinois (3/17) and Nebraska (3/23), totaling 3 1/3 innings ... Earned his first career win with 5 1/3 scoreless innings of relief against Illinois State (4/17), striking out four while allowing only three hits and one walk ... Held Ohio State to one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief on 4/22, striking out three and not walking a single Buckeye ... His best start of the season came at Penn State (5/13), where he held the Nittany Lions to one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer.
2011 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2011 season ... Played for the Arvada Colts of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League during the summer.
Listed as the No. 25 prospect in the class of 2010 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... Led IVC to a third-place finish at the IHSA Class 2A state tournament ... Went 8-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 67 innings in 2010 ... Earned Chicago Tribune honorable mention All-State honors and was named a Player to Watch by the Tribune ... All-NCIC selection 2008-10 ... Finished 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 2008, helping IVC to a second-place finish at the IHSA Class 2A state tournament ... Was listed as one of the Midwest's fastest-rising prospects by Perfect Game Crosschecker in August 2009 ... Missed much of the 2009 season following an injury suffered during the 2008 football season and a bout with mononucleosis.
Born Dec. 23, 1991 ... Parents are Greg and Jessica Johnson ... Has a brother, Austin, and a sister, Madisyn ... Majoring in community health with a concentration in health planning and administration ... Biggest thrills in sports were pitching in the IHSA Class 2A state championship game and pitching at Wrigley Field ... Plans to become a physical therapist following his baseball career ... Credits Cam Parr, father of former Illini teammates Justin and Jordan Parr - and father of former Illini Josh Parr - as the biggest influence on his athletic career ... Was an honor roll student at Illinois Valley Central H.S. ... Lists Derek Jeter as his favorite athlete.
Updated September 2014