Illinois Advances in Nashville Regional Behind Duchene's 9th Win
Fall Practice - Final Day
2006 Redshirt Junior: Began the season as Illinois' No. 2 starter, but moved into the closer role near the end of April ...Made 19 appearances and a career-high eight starts ...Pitched a career-high 55 innings, going 3-5 with a career high-tying five saves ...Earned his first win of the year with six innings at South Florida (3/4), giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four ...Defeated Purdue on the first weekend of Big Ten play, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, striking out five ...Also struck out five in a loss to Northwestern on 4/15 ...Struck out a career high-tying six against Northern Iowa on Spring Trip (3/18), but got a no-decision ...Moved into the closer role agaisnt Iowa on 4/22, recording a one-inning save ...Converted his first three save chances ...Blew a save against St. Xavier but recorded the win, then got a save against Michigan on 5/6 with 1 1/3 perfect innings and two strikeouts ...Saved Illinois' first win at Michigan State on 5/20, striking out three in two flawless innings of work ...Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League during the summer, helping the Honkers to an NWL championship ...Broke the Honkers and NWL saves record with 24 ...Named Rochester's Pitcher of the Year and an NWL Midseason and Postseason All-Star.
2005 Redshirt Sophomore: Appeared in 20 games, 19 in relief ...Was Illinois' primary right-handed arm out of the bullpen ...Threw 35 innings with a 3.60 ERA, five saves and a 1-4 record ...Was a clutch pitcher, allowing opponents to hit .188 with two outs ...Had a career-best outing in Illinois' 14-inning tie with Sam Houston State, tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout relief while giving up only five hits, no walks and striking out a career-high six ...Had an ERA of 0.60 before beginning Big Ten play, allowing one earned run on 11 hits in 15 innings ...Got his only win of the season with four near-perfect innings of relief in the series finale vs. Ohio State (4/3), allowing one hit and two walks while striking out two ...Earned a save at Texas-Arlington with two scoreless innings of work ...Tossed a perfect 1 1/3 innings vs. Miami (Ohio) to get a save ...Notched his third save at Michigan State (4/9), throwing a scoreless inning ...Nailed down Illinois' series-opening win vs. Michigan (4/15) with a scoreless inning of work ...Slammed the door on Minnesota in the series opener, earning his fifth save with a scoreless inning that included two strikeouts after entering with the bases loaded.
2004 Sophomore: Missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his elbow.
2003 Freshman: Threw 16 innings as a freshman, ending up with a record of 1-0 ...On the season, struck out 13 and walked six while allowing 10 earned runs ...Started and earned his first career win against IPFW ...Threw three innings, giving up one run, four hits and one walk while striking out one against the Mastodons ...Also threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings against Ohio State, giving up only one hit and one walk while striking out one ...First career start came against Northern Illinois, working 4 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two ...First career appearance came in early action at Louisville, where he struck out five in two innings of work without allowing a run or hit ...Pitched for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League during the summer.