Baseball


Lee Zerrusen
Lee Zerrusen
18

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Teutopolis, Ill.

High School:
Teutopolis

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 205

Position:
RHP

Birthdate:
04/23/1988

B/T:
R/R

AT ILLINOIS
2011 - Senior: Made 11 appearances, including five starts, on the season ... Was 0-3 with an 8.68 ERA ... Pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings against Northern Illinois on March 18 ... Started and allowed two runs - one earned - in four innings of work against Benedictine-Springfield (April 6) ... Held Eastern Illinois to three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a start (April 12) ... Pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning at Northwestern on April 29 ... Tossed four scoreless innings in a start against Illinois College (May 4), striking out two while allowing two hits and a walk ... Entered the game trailing 6-3 in the second inning against Indiana (May 20) and held the Hoosiers to four runs over 4 1/3 innings of work while striking out a season-high five batters ... Started the NCAA Fullerton Regional final against No. 20 Stanford (June 5) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2010 - Junior: Made 16 appearances on the season and 11 starts ... Became Illinois' Friday starter in the fourth Big Ten series and held that role through the end of the year ... Went 2-7 with a 6.90 ERA in 60 innings of work ... Started the year as Illinois' closer but transitioned into the starting rotation against Ball State, earning the win by allowing three runs in seven innings of work ... Had a career-high six strikeouts against North Dakota State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League over the summer.

2009 - Sophomore: Made 18 appearances on the season and five starts ... Became a long-relief specialist for the Illini, averaging over 2 1/3 innings per relief appearance ... Started the season with consecutive scoreless outings at Texas-Pan American (Feb. 27) and against Akron (March 15) ... Struck out a career-high four in a four-inning spot start against Central Connecticut State on March 22 ... Earned his first career win with six solid innings in a spot start against Michigan State on March 27 ... Struck out two in a scoreless inning of work against SIU Edwardsville on April 1 ... Recorded his second win at Michigan on April 11 when he entered in the second inning for an injured Ben Reeser and allowed only two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts ... Didn't allow an earned run against Southern Illinois on April 15 ... Notched his first save against Minnesota on April 17 with 2 2/3 innings of shutout work ... Pitched two scoreless innings in a start against Southern Illinois on April 28 ... Posted four consecutive scoreless outings from April 26-May 5, totaling seven innings ... Struck out Purdue slugger Dan Black with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth to preserve Illinois' 6-3 win and earn his second save on May 15 ... Pitched for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the sumemr ... Was named a midseason CPL All-Star ... Posted 15 saves in 24 appearances during the summer, tying for the league saves lead ... Finished the summer 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 32 innings pitched with 37 strikeouts and a .142 opponent batting average.

2008 - Redshirt-Freshman: Made 12 appearances, all in a relief role ... Combined on a shutout of Illinois College ... Had a streak of six scoreless innings from April 23-May 16 ... Recorded his first career save with three shutout innings in the series finale against Northwestern, tying a career high with three strikeouts ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named a George Huff Award winner ... Played for the Crestwood Panthers of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League during the summer along with Illini teammate Blake Fairchild.child.

2007 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2007 season.

HIGH SCHOOL
Named to the 2006 Decatur Herald & Review All-Area first team ... In 2006, led team to a third-place finish in the state tournament, going 1-0 with a save and zero earned runs ... Finished 2006 with a 6-1 record and a 1.30 ERA ... Coached by Justin Fleener ... Named a first-team All-State selection in 2006 ... National Trail Conference MVP in 2005 ... Named honorable mention All-Area by the Decatur Herald & Review in 2005 ... Letterwinner in baseball and basketball ... Member of 2006 Elite Eight basketball team ... 2006 Illinois State Scholar ... Member of National Honor Society.

PERSONAL
Born April 23, 1988, in Effingham, Ill. ... Son of Dan and Diane Zerrusen ... Has three sisters, Jennifer (28), Lori (26), and Katie (17) ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Father, Dan, is president of 3Z Printing ... Favorite Illinois athlete is Kiwane Garris ... Names Chris Carpenter as his favorite athlete because he steps up even on his bad days ... Hobbies include sports and hunting ... Plans to become a physical therapist after finishing school.

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