Illini Look to Qualify for Big Ten Tournament to Remain in Minneapolis
Pair of Illini Begin Professional Careers
Junior Becomes Highest-Drafted Illini Since 2001
Illinois Loses Game, Tiebreaker for Big Ten Tournament
Freshman Earns 8th Win with 7 Strong Innings
2012 - Junior: Selected by the Miami Marlins in the 11th round of the MLB Draft and signed a professional contract, becoming the highest-drafted Illini pitcher since 2001 ... Made 20 appearances on the season, including two starts ... Ranked ninth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (10.98) ... Led the Big Ten in opponent batting average (.207) and ranked ninth in strikeouts (65) in all games ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in opponent batting average (.194), tied for sixth in strikeouts looking (13) and tied for 10th in strikeouts (39) in Big Ten games ... Had a team-best 1.59 ERA in April, notching 35 strikeouts in 22 2/3 IP over seven appearances ... Struck out 45 in 34 IP over his last 11 appearances of the season ... Allowed only three hits (3-for-30) with two outs in Big Ten games ... Struck out four in 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief against Gonzaga on Feb. 25 ... Held Coastal Carolina to one run while striking out six over four innings of relief but took the loss on March 4 ... Started against Northern Illinois on March 18, holding the Huskies to two runs - one earned - and striking out five over five innings, but took the hard-luck loss ... Finished March with consecutive scoreless innings against Bradley (3/28) and Mississippi Valley State (3/31) ... Struck out 10 in five scoreless innings of relief against Indiana on April 8 to earn the victory and Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week honors ... Struck out a pair in a perfect inning of relief at Eastern Illinois on April 18 ... Fanned four in two scoreless innings against Ohio State on April 21 ... Punched out a career-high 11 in 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief at Northwestern to get the win on April 29, allowing only two hits and two walks ... Fanned four and allowed only an unearned run over three hitless innings of relief against Michigan State on May 5, but took the loss ... Struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief at Penn State on May 12.
2011 - Sophomore: Appeared in 12 games, including two starts, on the season ... Went 2-2 with a 6.03 ERA while striking out 20 batters in 31.1 innings of work ... Held opponents to a .167 average (4-for-24) with two outs ... Earned his first win of the season with a scoreless 2/3 of an inning at Southern Illinois on March 20 ... Allowed only one run in four innings in a start at Bradley on April 5 ... Held Iowa to one run in three innings of relief on April 9 ... Tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief vs. Southern Illinois on April 13 ... Threw a season-high five innings in a start against Illinois-Springfield on April 26 ... Allowed only two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief against No. 20 Stanford on June 5 ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Willie Argo and Justin Parr during the summer.
2010 - Freshman: Appeared in 11 games, including seven starts ... Made his first career start against Chicago State on March 31, earning his first career win by allowing only one run in five innings while striking out five ... Allowed only one run in a four-inning start against Southern Illinois on April 14 ... Tossed a perfect inning of relief against Bradley on April 27 ... Struck out five and only allowed two earned runs in a four-inning start against SIU on May 4 ... Made his first career start at Ohio State on May 9, giving up three earned runs in two innings ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer along with Illini teammate Lee Zerrusen, seeing time both on the mound and in the field.
Drafted in the 35th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox ... Listed as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... PBR lists him as the No. 1 two-way player, as having the No. 4 fastball, as the No. 7 defensive outfielder and the No. 9 best athlete in the state in the Class of 2009 ... Named the Tri-Cities captain on the Daily Herald All-Area team ... Named the Aurora Beacon-News Player of the Year in 2009 ... Hit .466 with eight doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 35 RBIs and a .556 on-base percentage in 2009 ... Also went 7-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 101 strikeouts in only 51 2/3 innings in 2009 ... Hit .467 with 44 RBIs, seven home runs, a .900 slugging percentage and 43 hits in 2008 ... Blasted three home runs in Marmion's sectional game in 2008 ... Named American Legion League MVP ... Named All-Area by the Aurora Beacon News, the Daily Herald and the Kane County Chronicle ... Named the 2008 Beacon News Player of the Year ... Broke the Marmion records for average, home runs and RBIs in 2008 ... Played in the Plainfield South Showcase ... Member of Team Illinois, a summer club team ... Three-year baseball letterwinner.
Born Oct. 5, 1990 ... Parents are Timothy and Tamarah Milroy and Robert and Jennifer Gray ... Majoring in communication ... Brother, Tim, plays baseball at Concordia ... Cousin, Joe Milroy, played baseball at Northern Illinois ... Cousin, John Milroy, played baseball at Northwestern ... Cousin, V.J. Bellafonte, played football at Eastern Illinois ... Cousin, Brian Bonamarte, played football at Carthage College ... Grandfather, Bernard Milroy, played basketball at Loras College ... Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan.