Illini Starter, Closer Combine for 12 Strikeouts in Series Opener
Junior Drills Second Consecutive Game-Winning Hit to Complete Comeback Victory
Castellanos Wins Game One, 6-1; Kravetz Takes Game Two, 6-2
2014 - Freshman: Made five starts with three at designated hitter and two at first base ... Hit .190 with six runs, eight walks and two hit by pitches ... Pinch-hit 13 times, going 2-for-8 with four walks and a hit by pitch ... Played first base in both games of the doubleheader vs. Xavier (3/22) ... Scored a run at Iowa (5/9) ... Entered the finale against Michigan State (5/4) and scored a career-high two runs ... Ripped a double for his first career hit and scored a run in his first career start at Southern Illinois (3/15) ... Made Illini debut with a walk in his pinch-hit appearance vs. Connecticut (2/23) ... Played for the Lexington Snipes of the Midwest Collegiate League during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Ranked the No. 26 player in the Class of 2013 in the state of Illinois by both Perfect Game USA and Prep Baseball Report ... Named Louisville Slugger first-team All-American in 2013 after hitting .411 with 38 RBIs in his senior year ... Set school season records in triples (7) and ERA (0.62) ... Set school career records in triples (15), assists (164), wins (28), ERA (1.08) and strikeouts (288) ... Was named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American in 2012 and 2013 ... IHSBCA Class 4A All-State pitcher in 2011 and 2013 ... Named Pantagraph Area All-Star in 2013 ... Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2013 ... Three-time All-Big 12 Conference selection (2011-13) ... Led Normal West to a regional championship in 2012 ... Was the only sophomore named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association's Class 4A All-State team in 2011 ... Named the Big 12 Conference and CornBeltBaseball.com Pitcher of the Year in 2011 ... Went 9-1 with a 0.62 ERA, 107 strikeouts, eight walks in 67 innings, with six shutouts in 2011 ... Threw a perfect game in 2011, striking out 14 of the 15 batters he faced ... His 0.62 ERA in 2011 was a school record ... Hit a team-best .437 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs, 29 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 2011 ... Broke the school record for triples in a season with seven in 2012 while hitting .356 with eight doubles and 29 RBIs ... Went 7-1 on the mound in 2012 with a 1.48 ERA in 42 2/3 innings, striking out 58 while walking only 13 and allowing just 27 hits ... Three-time Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete from 2011-13 ... Earned four varsity letters in baseball.
Born April 23, 1995 ... Parents are Brad and Denise James ... Father, Brad, played baseball at Illinois State from 1987-91 and in the Atlanta Braves' organization from 1991-92 ... Uncle, William Murray, played for the Detroit Lions ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies and plans to major in accounting ... Hobbies include playing sports and golfing ... Biggest thrill in sports was throwing a no-hitter against in-town rival his senior year ... Favorite athlete is Derek Jeter ... Wants to be a CPA after finishing school ... Listed father as person who most influenced his athletic career because he taught him baseball at a young age.
Updated September 2014