2008 - Redshirt-Freshman: Missed the 2008 season after undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury sustained in preseason drills ... Played for the Crestwood Panthers of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League during the summer along with Illini teammate Lee Zerrusen.
2007 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2007 season.
Named unanimous All-Big 12 in 2005 and 2006 ... Honorable mention All-Area in 2005 ... Allowed opponents to hit only .161 in 2005 while striking out 79 batters ... Compiled a 1.62 ERA in 2005 ... Also starred at the plate, hitting .416 with eight home runs ... Earned the 2005 and 2006 team Cy Young Award ... Named 2006 team MVP and batting champ ... Two-time letterwinner in baseball.
Born Jan. 4, 1988, in Champaign, Ill. ... Parents are Cliff and Pam Fairchild ... Majoring in sport management ... Has a younger sister, Lauren (18) ... Enjoys bowling and fishing ... Lists his biggest thrills in sports as hitting a home run at Busch Stadium ... His favorite athlete is Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Zach Duke ... Person to most influence his athletic career is his dad.