Duchene, Jay, Walton Named Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch
Experienced Staff Owns Nearly 100 Career Starts Combined
Offense Produces 15 Hits as Duchene Earns Fourth Win and Jay Collects 10th Save
Illinois Moves Back into Tie for Second in Big Ten at 17-5 Behind Duchene, Walton
Illini Notch School-Record Fourth Big Ten Series Sweep, Improve to 9-0 in Conference Road Games
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos from Illinois vs. Oakland baseball doubleheader
Photos of the Illini playing Mizzou at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Photos from the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina
2015 - Junior: Game-by-Game Stats
2014 - Sophomore: Went 4-1 with a Big Ten-best 1.80 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 55 innings pitched in nine starts, including a team-high two complete games ... Turned in the third-best opponent batting average (.215) in the Big Ten ... Collected fourth win with six innings against Ohio State (5/22) in the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park ... Earned third win with one run over six solid innings against Nebraska (5/16) which included a stretch of 14 straight retired ... Threw 55 pitches in three-plus innings at Iowa (5/11) in his second start back following his missed time due to forearm tightness ... Made first start after being sidelined for six weeks with forearm tightness when he took the mound against Michigan State (5/4) and threw 44 pitches in three innings ... Took a perfect game into the seventh inning before cruising to a complete-game 5-1 victory over Southern Illinois (3/14), where he faced two over the minimum while allowing four hits and striking out six on 93 pitches ... Received a no-decision after allowing one run in 5.2 innings at Western Kentucky (3/8) ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on March 3 after his three-hit complete-game shutout at No. 23 Florida (2/28), which marked his first win of the season ... Struck out a season-high seven vs. George Mason (2/21) but suffered first loss ... Received no decision after allowing two earned runs over 6.1 innings at Georgia State (2/14) as the Opening Day starter ... Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch ... Helped lead the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to the Cape Cod League championship and was the winning pitcher in the championship game during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Freshman: Named a Freshman All-American by four different organizations (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, NCBWA, Baseball America, Perfect Game) ... Earned ABCA/Rawlings Second-Team All-Mideast Region honors ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Second-Team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection ... Joined Bubba Smith (1989) as second Illini to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Won his final start vs. Georgia Tech (5/31) at the Nashville Regional and improved to a team-best 9-1, which ranked as the second-most wins in the Big Ten ... His nine wins set the school record for most wins by a freshman, breaking John Kravetz's mark of eight from 2012, and are the most by an Illinois pitcher since Brian Blomquist's 10 in 2005 ... Appeared in 18 games, starting 12 times, and had a team-best 2.79 ERA among starters, which ranked 10th in the Big Ten ... After allowing nine earned runs in his first two starts, he only allowed 16 earned runs in his final 10 starts, finishing the year with three earned runs or fewer in 10 straight starts ... Did not give up an earned run in eight innings of relief ... Was Big Ten co-Pitcher and Freshman of the Week for the first time in his career after racking up a career-high 11 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout of Penn State (5/10) in which he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning ... His 11 strikeouts vs. PSU (5/10) equaled the most by an Illini pitcher since Drew Dickinson fanned 12 in an 11-inning win over Bucknell on March 15, 2002 ... Tied for third in the Big Ten in ERA (1.74) in conference games only and fifth in strikeouts (68) ... Won first career game vs. Ohio (2/22), tossing 5.1 innings with four earned runs ... Did not allow an earned run over 8.2 quality innings for his second win vs. Houston Baptist (3/1) ... Won third game after six solid innings in game one of the doubleheader vs. Oakland (3/30) while allowing two runs and striking out four ... Notched fourth win following a scoreless fifth inning vs. Missouri (4/2) at Busch Stadium ... Tallied three wins in Big Ten play with 2.1 scoreless innings vs. Purdue (4/13), the two-hit shutout vs. Penn State (5/10) and six innings with two earned runs at Minnesota (5/16) ... Won sixth game after striking out seven in 3.2 innings at Illinois State (4/16). | Game-By-Game Stats
Listed as the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2012 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... Named a Perfect Game All-American honorable mention selection ... Went 8-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 2011 with 71 strikeouts and 14 walks in 52 innings pitched ... Named an All-East Suburban Catholic Conference selection in 2011 ... Had a 15-4 career record ... Named to the World Wood Bat Association World Championship All-Tournament team after leading Cangelosi Baseball to the round of 16 at the tournament in October 2011 ... Didn't allow an earned run and struck out 12 with one walk in seven innings at the WWBA World Championship ... Threw a no-hitter in a 2011 IHSA Class 4A regional game.
Born December 10, 1993 ... Parents are Roy and Christine Duchene ... Majoring in communication ... Has two siblings, Brent Duchene and Rita Hughes ... Favorite athlete is Ryan Quigley ... Past summer jobs include working as an umpire and shingle technician ... Plans to go into public relations/marketing after finishing school.
Updated February 2015