2000: Threw his first career shutout with a 4-0 win over Ohio State to win an elimination game at the Big Ten Tournament ¥ One of four Illini pitchers that combined to throw five complete games at the tournament, setting a tournament record as a staff ¥ Started Illinois' elimination game at the NCAA Regional, allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings against Middle Tennessee ¥ Was shutting out Middle Tennessee until getting into trouble in the eighth inning ¥ Picked up his first Big Ten win at Michigan State, striking out six and allowing only two runs ¥ The six strikeouts were a personal season best ¥ Posted a 1.29 ERA in seven innings of work against Michigan ¥ Allowed a season-high nine hits and eight runs at Purdue ¥ Threw 3 1/3 innings of relief in game three against Indiana, allowing two runs on three hits before leaving the game in position to pick up a win ¥ Did not allow any hits in three innings against Illinois State ¥ Did not allow any walks in 6 2/3 innings against Butler ¥ Won his first start at Illinois, 6-2, over Iowa on the Spring Trip ¥ Started 10 games this season (second on the team) ¥ Threw three complete games, all against Big Ten competition.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS: Starting pitcher as a freshman at NE Illinois before the school dropped baseball ¥ Transferred to Prairie State Junior College as a sophomore where he posted an 8-8 record and 2.96 ERA as the No. 1 starter ¥ Led NJCAA Region IV in strikeouts a year ago ¥ Also led the team in batting with a .432 average ¥ Played third base when not pitching ¥ Team finished second in NJCAA Region IV to Kishwaukee, the team that went on to win NJCAA World Series.
HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Bloom ¥ Earned all-conference honors twice and all-area honors as a junior in baseball ¥ A member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born September 1, 1979 ¥ Parents are Philip Kvasnicka and Dawn Mitropoulos ¥ Majoring in sports management ¥ Brother, Jay, played in the Chicago White Sox organization for two years after being drafted by the club out of NE Illinois and now plays for the Cook County Cheetahs ¥ Michael Jordan most influenced his athletic career because he has done so much as a role model and influence for athletes both on and off the playing field.