Roper Knocks in Game-Winning RBI Single in the Eighth after Failed Pick Off
Illinois Reaches 30 Wins for Fifth Time under Coach Hartleb
Illini Look to Even Season Series against the Panthers
Senior Totals Most Innings by an Illini with 333; Justin Parr's Streak Reaches 22
Sunday's Illini-Buckeyes Game to Be Aired Live on Big Ten Network
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos from Illinois vs. Nebraska baseball
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
Illinois baseball at Houston Baptist and UT Arlington. 3/1/13 - 3/3/13
Illinois at Tennessee Tech - 2/15-2/17
2012 - Junior: Selected by the New York Yankees in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft but did not sign a contract, opting to return for his senior season ... Appeared in 14 games, all as Illinois' No. 1 starter ... Had a career season, going 7-5 with a 3.97 ERA and 43 strikeouts with only 27 walks in a team-high 88 1/3 innings ... Tied for seventh in the Big Ten in wins (7) ... Ranks sixth in Illinois history in career innings pitched (267.0) ... Broke the Illinois record for career innings pitched in Big Ten play (153 2/3) and ranks sixth in career strikeouts in Big Ten play (93) ... Pitched four complete games, tied for the Big Ten lead and 44th in the nation ... Won five consecutive starts from March 2-30, becoming the first Illini pitcher to do so since Brian Blomquist won six in a row from March 19-April 22, 2005 ... Averaged a team-high 6.31 innings per appearance and threw seven or more innings in nine of his 14 starts ... Induced a team-high 11 ground-ball double plays ... Pitched seven shutout innings against No. 27 St. John's on March 2 ... Named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame National All-Star Lineup, was a College Baseball 360 Prime Time Performer on March 13, and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on March 12 after holding No. 18 Oregon to one run on four hits, striking out five and walking one in a complete-game effort ... Struck out eight in a win at Southern Illinois (3/16) ... Bounced back from consecutive losses by holding Ohio State (4/20) to one run on four hits while striking out five in 7 2/3 innings ... Threw a complete-game shutout at Northwestern on 4/27, striking out a season-high nine batters ... Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Jordan Parr, Justin Parr and Reid Roper during the summer.
2011 - Sophomore: Appeared in 16 games, all of which he started as Illinois' No. 1 starter ... Pitched a team-high 103 innings on the season, the most by an Illinois pitcher since current pitching coach Drew Dickinson threw 114 2/3 IP in 2002 ... Recorded the most strikeouts on the season among all Illini pitchers with 68 ... Averaged 6.4 innings per start ... Pitched seven-plus innings in eight of his 16 starts & five-plus innings in 14 of his 16 starts ... Had a 1.54 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched), third-best among regular pitchers ... Received only 3.3 runs of support per start ... Tossed seven shutout innings against Central Michigan on March 4 but received a no-decision ... Struck out a career-high 11 in 7 2/3 innings against Northern Illinois on March 17, but lost a 3-0 game ... Allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four in 7 1/3 innings against Iowa on April 8 ... Threw a complete game against Michigan on April 15, allowing only two runs on six hits ... Gave up three runs - two earned - on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts in seven innings at Purdue, but lost ... Struck out eight in 8 2/3 innings while allowing three runs - two earned - on eight hits and three walks against Indiana, but received a no-decision ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammate Reid Roper during the summer.
2010 - Freshman: Made 13 appearances, all starts, on the season ... Went 5-2, including a 4-2 Big Ten record, equaling the second-most wins by a freshman in school history ... Ranked fourth in wins (4), sixth in opponent batting average (.266) and eighth in strikeouts (36) in the Big Ten during conference play ... His 36 strikeouts in Big Ten action tied for 10th in school history ... His 53 total strikeouts led the team ... Started the season by pitching four no-hit innings against St. John's before allowing four unearned runs in the fifth inning ... Earned his first career win against Dartmouth on March 24, allowing only one run in six innings ... Struck out a career-high seven against Michigan on April 17 and won after giving up only two runs in 7 2/3 innings ... Allowed only four earned runs in 24 innings pitched over three starts from May 1-15 ... Capped that string with his first complete-game shutout against Purdue on May 15 ... Played for the DuPage Dragons of the Prospect League along with Illini teammate Brian de la Torriente during the summer ... Named a midseason Prospect League all-star.
Listed as the No. 13 recruit in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... PBR lists him as having the fourth-best off-speed pitch in the state in the Class of 2009 ... Went 11-3 with eight complete games, a 1.35 ERA and 108 strikeouts in only 79 innings ... Named a first-team All-Area pick by the Northwest Indiana Times ... Went 8-2 with a 1.56 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 2008 ... Threw a no-hitter in 2008 ... Started on Mt. Carmel's varsity squad as a sophomore ... Was an honorable mention All-State selection by the Chicago Sun Times in 2008 ... 2008 All-Chicago Catholic League selection ... Earned the Cesar Carillo King of the Hill Award in 2008 ... Played in the 2008 Jack Kaiser All-Star Game ... Played on the Illinois Sparks summer team and for Cangelosi Fall Baseball.
Born Apr. 5, 1991 ... Parents are Kevin and Christina Johnson ... Has a sister, Lauren ... Majoring in community health ... Father, Kevin, played tennis at Southwest Baptist University and Baylor ... Favorite athlete is Josh Beckett.