2007 Senior: Made 19 appearances on the season, third-most on the squad ... Tossed a scoreless inning against Sam Houston State before recording a save against Stephen F. Austin with two shutout innings of work ... Struck out three in two shutout innings against Dartmouth on 3/19 ... Earned a save with a scoreless inning against Robert Morris ... Worked scoreless innings against Greenville and Michigan (5/6) before getting the win against Indiana on 5/13 after tossing five scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and one walk with a strikeout.
2006 Junior: One of Illinois' most reliable relief arms, making a team-high 20 appearances ... Finished third on the team with a 5.28 ERA ... Had 10 scoreless outings, earning wins in two of them, at Minnesota (4/28) and Indiana (5/14) ... Started the season strong with 3 1/3 shutout innings against South Florida on 2/25, giving up just two hits ... Had one of his sharpest outings in earning the Friday win at Minnesota, throwing two perfect innings and striking out two ... Also was strong at Indiana, giving up just one hit in three innings of shutout relief to get the win ... Allowed just two runs from 4/2-5/17, a string of 12 appearances and 15 1/3 innings ... Gave up just eight walks and 38 hits in 30 2/3 innings, both the fewest on the team ... During the summer, led the Ladora Red Top Sport Shop amateur team to an Iowa Valley State Tournament title, compiling a 1.05 ERA in 43 innings and a 6-1 record with 34 strikeouts and 13 walks.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
2005 Sophomore: ne of Eastern Illinois' top long relievers ... Led team in complete games in spot start duty ... OVC Pitcher of the Week on May 16 ... Led team in ERA in OVC play.
2004 Freshman: Led EIU with 28 relief appearances ... Had a season-high four strikeouts vs. Arkansas State.
Second team All-Catholic League in 2003 ... Named team MVP as a senior ... Named to 2001 IHSA All-Tournament team ... Three-time football letterwinner.
Born Sept. 13, 1984 ... Parents are Dave and Judy Long ... Majoring in aeronautical engineering ... Has two younger sisters - Pam, 19, and Nicole, 16 ... Served as a technical intern at Rockwell Collins, a communication and aviation electronics firm in the summer of 2006 ... Plans to work for an aeronautical company such as Boeing or Cessna following graduation ... Named to OVC Commissioiner's Honor Roll 2004-05 ... Most admires Roger Clemens because of his work ethic ... His biggest sports thrill is shutting out Morehead State in 2005 ... Enjoys watching movies, cooking and playing pool and cards outside of baseball.