2002 – Threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief at Bradley . . . Allowed three runs on four hits in three innings of work in a relief appearance against Michigan . . . Started game three against Purdue, winning his first Big Ten game after pitching five innings while giving up one earned run and striking out three . . . Pitched 6 1/3 innings while striking out four in his first Big Ten start in game four against Indiana . . . Illinois’ closer before assuming a starting role at the beginning of Big Ten play, had two saves in early non-conference action . . . Threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball to pick up an extra innings win against Massachusetts on the Spring Trip . . . Pitched an inning of shutout relief to pick up a save and secure Illinois’ 5-4 win against Wright State . . . Got the final out to pick up a save in relief of Andy Dickinson at Louisville . . . Made his first Illinois appearance in the first game of the season against Texas Pan-American . . . Pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief against Texas-Pan American in the second game of the season . . . Threw for the New Jersey Colts of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League over the summer, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.34 ERA in 11 appearances and five starts . . . Team won the ACBL title.
Prior to Illinois - Transferred to Illinois from Southwestern Illinois College where he lettered in 2000 and ’01 . . . Compiled a 6-4 record with a 2.71 ERA as a freshman at Southwestern . . . SW Illinois won a junior college regional in 2001 . . . Went 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA pitching for the Twin City Stars of the in the Central Illinois Collegiate League during the summer of 2000 . . . Pitched for the Waterloo, Iowa Bucks during the summer of 2001.
High School - Earned eight varsity letters at Mascoutah: three in baseball and football and two in basketball . . . Was a two-time all-conference honoree in baseball and an all-area selection as a senior . . . Also earned all-conference and all-area honors in football as a senior.
Personal - Parents are John and Debbie Lane . . . Majoring in history with a minor in secondary education . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as winning the 2001 Junior College Regional . . . Favorite athlete is Andre Dawson because “he played the game the right way” . . . Named an All-American scholar and earned distinguished Academic All-American honors . . . Plans after finishing school include pursuing baseball and getting a job related to politics that also gives him an opportunity to coach . . . Lists his high school coach, Scott Oltmann, as the biggest influence on his athletic career because “he taught me numerous little things about sports that have helped me throughout my career.”