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.