2008 - Freshman: Became Illinois' No. 3 starter in the Minnesota series ... Made 10 appearances with seven starts ... Earned the final Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor after tossing a two-hit shutout against Purdue on May 17 with three strikeouts and two walks ... Started his career with a streak of five innings without allowing an earned run against Indiana, Illinois College and Michigan ... Struck out three in his first career outing at Indiana and struck out a career-high five in three innings against Michigan ... Allowed one earned run in six innings against Northwestern to get his first career win ... Joined the baseball team in mid-January after playing football in the fall ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with teammates Aaron Johnson, Craig Lutes and Kevin Manson ... Went 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA and only 57 hits allowed in 68 2/3 innings for the Honkers with a .236 opponent batting average.
Helped Henry Sibley to a fourth-place finish at the Minnesota state tournament in 2005 ... Three-time baseball All-State selection from 2005-07 ... Recorded a 0.90 ERA as a sophomore, a 1.10 ERA as a junior and a 1.89 ERA his senior season ... All-Classic Suburban Conference selection in five sports: baseball, football, basketball, tennis and wrestling ... Earned 14 varsity letters, including four before reaching ninth grade (tennis - 2, wrestling - 2) ... Three-time All-Classic Suburban selection in baseball, two-time all-conference in football and tennis, and one-time all-conference in basketball and wrestling ... Reached the Minnesota state tennis quarterfinals in doubles in 2003 and 2004, and led Henry Sibley to a state team quarterfinalist berth in 2002 and 2004.
Born Dec. 23, 1988 ... Parents are Allan Haig and Jennifer Christensen ... Majoring in sport management ... Has two sisters, Andrea (25) and Joanna (22) ... Mother, Jennifer, played volleyball at Iowa State ... Both sisters played college soccer, with Andrea playing at Wayne State and Joanna playing at Louisville ... Joanna also is a member of the U.S. U-23 national team player pool ... Lists his favorite athletes as Brett Favre and Johan Santana because they are the best in the sport they play ... His earliest baseball memory is hitting a grand slam in second grade ... Lists Kirby Puckett as his hero growing up.