Illini Mount Late Comeback But Game Ends in Tie after Nine Innings
McInerney Belts 3-Run Homer as Part of 6-Run Fourth Inning
Offense Produces 15 Hits as Duchene Earns Fourth Win and Jay Collects 10th Save
Five Named to Second Team, One Picked to Third Team; Two Tabbed All-Freshman
Illinois Moves Back into Tie for Second in Big Ten at 17-5 Behind Duchene, Walton
2014 - Junior: Second-team All-Big Ten starting pitcher ... Posted a 6-1 record in 13 starts with a career-best 3.00 ERA ... Improved to a 19-7 career record and is one win shy of T-8th in school history ... Totaled 42 strikeouts and 15 walks in 78 innings pitched ... Ranks ninth in school history with 256.1 career innings pitched ... Led Illinois with a 4-0 record and 2.68 ERA in seven Big Ten starts, pitching deep into every game with six or more innings in each contest ... Had a no-decision in his final start with six strikeouts over 6.2 innings against Michigan State (5/23) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Pitched 7.1 innings with one run at Iowa (5/10) for his sixth win ... Collected fifth win with a run in 7.1 innings in 2-1 win over No. 24 Indiana (4/26) ... Notched fourth win with three runs (two ER) in 6.2 innings at Penn State (4/19) ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career after throwing a career-high eight shutout innings and matching a career-high seven strikeouts in the 1-0 victory at Northwestern (4/6) ... Led the Illini to their first 1-0 victory since Feb. 24, 2008, against Lamar at the Al Ogletree Classic ... Allowed two runs in six innings vs. Michigan (4/13) and received a no decision ... Equaled his career-high with eight innings while only allowing two runs in his second win vs. Xavier (3/22) ... Earned first win with one run over seven innings vs. FGCU (3/1) ... Suffered only loss with three unearned runs in four innings vs. Connecticut (2/23) ... Played for the Wisconsin Rapids River Rafters of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Nick Blackburn and Michael Hurwitz during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Sophomore: Threw a team-high 90.2 IP and made the most starts with 15, finishing 5-3 with a 4.27 ERA and 52 strikeouts ... Pitched at least seven innings with two earned runs or less in five of final six starts ... Matched a career high with seven strikeouts and picked up his fifth win in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Michigan (5/23) ... Took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Minnesota (5/18) and only allowed two runs and four hits but suffered second loss ... Posted seventh no-decision against Penn State (5/12) despite seven innings and two earned runs ... Allowed one earned run and struck out five over 7.1 innings at Michigan State (5/5) but received his sixth no-decision ... Struck out a career-high seven over seven innings and nabbed his fourth win against Northwestern (4/27) ... Carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning vs. Oakland (3/30) and won third game after allowing three hits and two runs in 7.1 innings ... Picked up second win of the year in the second game of the doubleheader at Baylor (3/9), where he equaled a career high with 8 IP and allowed only one run and three hits ... Won first start of the year vs. New Mexico State (2/23), tossing 6.1 innings, striking out five and allowing two runs ... Received a no-decision vs. Southern Illinois (3/18) allowing one run and three hits over 6 innings at Rent One Park ... Also received no-decisions at Texas-Arlington (3/3), vs. Purdue (4/13) and at Ohio State (4/20) ... Played for the Wisconsin Rapids River Rafters of the Northwoods League during the summer. | Game-By-Game Stats
2012 - Freshman: Appeared in 15 games, including 14 starts ... Went 8-3 with a 4.72 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings pitched ... Broke the then-school record for wins by a freshman, passing Jason Anderson (6-0, 1998) and Will Strack (6-1, 2009) ... Tied for second in the Big Ten in wins ... Averaged 5.84 innings per appearance, second-most on the team ... Went 4-0 with a 3.15 ERA at home, compared to 4-3 with a 5.74 ERA on the road ... Had a 1.37 WHIP, best on the team among pitchers with 15 or more innings pitched ... Held right-handed hitters to a .208 average ... Held opponents to a .223 average with two outs ... Limited leadoff hitters to a .293 reached base percentage, best on the team among regular pitchers ... Started his career with 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against No. 27 St. John's (2/19), striking out six and allowing only two hits to earn his first collegiate win ... Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, College Baseball 360 Primetime Performer of the Week and College Baseball Insider Central Region Pitcher of the Week after that performance ... Limited Lamar (2/26) to three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after holding Connecticut (3/10) to one run in 7 2/3 innings, striking out six in a win, at the Nike Showcase ... Held Northern Illinois (3/17) to two runs on five hits in eight innings, striking out four, to earn the victory ... Bounced back from consecutive rough outings to hold Mississippi Valley State (4/1) to one unearned run over seven innings to earn a win ... Notched his first Big Ten win against Indiana (4/7), holding the Hoosiers to three runs in 7 1/3 innings ... Held Ohio State (4/21) to three runs in six innings for the victory ... Beat Northwestern (4/28), holding the Wildcats to four runs in a six-inning outing ... Kept Illinois' postseason hopes alive by earning the win over Minnesota (5/18) with seven innings of one-run ball, striking out three and now allowing a walk ... Played for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes League with Illini teammate Luke Joyce during the summer.
Named the 2011 Northwest Indiana Times Baseball Player of the Year ... Threw a no-hitter against St. Ignatius in 2011 ... Listed as the No. 22 overall prospect in the state and the No. 13 pitcher by Prep Baseball Report ... Went 11-4 with a 2.17 ERA and struck out 91 in 84 1/3 innings in 2011 ... Named to the All-Area second team by the Chicago Sun Times in 2011 ... Earned IHSBCA third-team All-State honors in 2011 ... Went 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 73 innings in 2010 ... Went 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 2009 ... Helped Top Tier Baseball to the 2010 CABA World Series title ... Led Mount Carmel to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 IHSA Class 4A state playoffs and regional championships in 2009 and 2010 ... Earned varsity letters in baseball three years and football one year.
Born October 3, 1992 ... Parents are Peter and Catherine Kravetz ... Majoring in communication ... Has one brother, Jeremy ... Biggest thrill in sports was finishing fourth in the state his senior year of high school ... Favorite athlete is Troy Aikman because of his leadership ... Was named to the honor roll all four years of high school ... Was a member of National Honor Society in high school ... Lists his father as the person that has most influenced his athletic career because he taught John everything he knows about being a successful athlete and person ... Illinois hero growing up was Pierre Thomas.
Updated September 2014