Illinois Wins Series Opener in Happy Valley to Snap Three-Game Skid
Junior Starter Equals Career High with Eight Scoreless Innings and Seven Strikeouts
Krug, Kerian Deliver Clutch Base Hits; Jay Earns Win in Relief
Johnson Matches Career-High 10 Strikeouts as Illini Score Second-Most Runs This Season
Goldstein Goes 4-for-4 with 3 RBI; Nielsen Earns First Career Victory
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos of the Illini playing Mizzou at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Photos from Illinois vs. Nebraska baseball
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
2014 - Junior: Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Sophomore: First-team All-Big Ten selection after hitting .313 with a home run, 39 RBI, 23 stolen bases and a .390 on-base percentage ... Tied for first in the Big Ten with 23 steals and had the fewest errors among Big Ten first baseman with five for a .990 fielding percentage ... Career-best performance came vs. Purdue (4/12), where he went 4-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run for his first career home run and tallied career highs with three runs and six RBI ... Finished 8-for-12 (.667) with nine RBI, five runs, two doubles and one home run during sweep of Purdue while also slugging 1.083 and reaching base at a .733 clip ... Turned in a career-best 11-game hitting streak from March 15-April 2 during which he hit .439 (18-for-41) with five multi-hit games ... Took over at first base in the third game of the season and started 50 games there along with making two starts in left field at Indiana (4/6) and vs. EIU (4/9) ... Walked six times during PSU series, including a career-high four on 5/11 ... Notched first career triple vs. Missouri (4/2) that scored two runs and gave UI the lead at Busch Stadium ... Was named Big Ten Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following the Keith LeClair Classic ... Posted a breakout performance at the Keith LeClair Classic, where he led the Illini in hitting with a .571 average (8-for-14), .643 slugging percentage and .625 on-base percentage ... Also had a team-high nine total bases, four RBI and 31 putouts at first base for the tournament in Greenville ... Had second career three-hit game vs. Oakland (3/29), finishing 3-for-4 with a run, and collected three RBI the next day vs. Oakland (3/30) ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League with Illini teammate Drasen Johnson during the summer. | Game-By-Game Stats
2012 - Freshman: Played in 22 games, starting four at designated hitter ... Hit .192, going 5-for-26 with two RBIs and four runs ... Drove in his first career run against Notre Dame on 2/17 ... Recorded his first hit in his first career start against St. John's on 2/19, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run ... Notched a pinch-hit at Oregon State on 3/10 ... Went 1-for-1 as a late-game replacement at Nebraska on 3/24 ... Started at designated hitter against Mississippi Valley State on 3/31, going 2-for-3 with three runs ... Played for the Springfield Sliders of the Prospect League along with Illini teammates Chase Hainline, Michael Hurwitz and Rob McDonnell during the summer.
Selected in the 42nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals ... Hit .508 with 14 home runs, 44 RBIs, a 1.038 slugging percentage, a .601 on-base percentage and 19-of-19 steals during 2011 season ... Holds Bishop Heelan records for single-season home runs and career doubles ... Led Bishop Heelan to the Iowa State High School Athletic Association substate championship game in 2011 ... Earned seven letters in baseball, football and basketball ... Helped Crusaders to Iowa Class 3A state titles in basketball in 2009-10 and 2010-11 ... Led Crusaders' football team to Iowa Class 3A state runner-up finish in 2010, catching 19 passes for 386 yards, recording 88 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five interceptions and three interceptions returned for touchdowns ... Also returned kickoffs and punts.
Born Feb. 9, 1993 ... Parents are Steve and Tina Kerian ... Majoring in communication ... Has two brothers, Jeff and Matthew ... Favorite athlete is Bryce Harper ... Earliest baseball memory is watching his father play fastpitch softball ... Lists his father as the person who has most influenced his athletic career because he has kept pushing David to reach his goals.
Updated December 2013