Pitcher Named an NCBWA Second-Team Freshman All-American
Duchene Earns 4th Illini Freshman All-America Honor in Last 6 Years
2011 - Senior: Played in and started all 57 games, 54 in left field and three at designated hitter ... Named to the All-Big Ten third team ... Compiled 241 career hits, tied for 10th in school history ... Started 209 career games, which ranks ninth in school history ... Led the team with 11 multiple-hit games ... Reached base at a team-best .489 rate when leading off an inning ... Illinois was 16-5 when he hit in the No. 5 spot, 14-22 when he hit elsewhere ... Ranked the No. 16 toughest to strike out hitter in the nation (11 strikeouts in 220 at bats) ... Surpassed the 200-hit milestone against Northern Illinois on March 18 ... Started the season on fire, hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, seven RBIs and five runs in the first five games ... Had consecutive three-hit games against Northern Illinois (March 18) and Saint Louis (March 19), going 6-for-11 with four RBIs and four runs ... Went 4-for-9 with a triple, three RBIs and a run in the Penn State series (April 1-3) ... Broke out of a 13-for-80 (.163) slump from March 20-April 29 with a 3-for-5 game at Northwestern on April 30 ... Went 5-for-10 with two doubles, three RBIs and six runs in the Ohio State series (May 6-8) ... Hit a walk-off solo homer against Indiana on May 19 ... Went 4-for-11 with two homers, a double, three RBIs and five runs in the Indiana series (May 19-21) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run in the NCAA Fullerton Regional opener against host No. 11 Cal State Fullerton.
2010 - Junior: Played in 51 games, starting 50 ... Led Illinois with a career-best .348 average, 39 RBIs, 14 doubles and six home runs, quadrupling his career home run total entering the year ... Tied for the team lead with 20 multiple-hit games and was third with nine multiple-RBI games ... Led the team with a .404 average with two outs ... Had a 12-game hitting streak from March 12-April 2 ... Went 6-for-13 at the Keith LeClair Classic with three RBIs and two runs ... Tied the game at No. 12 Coastal Carolina on March 12 with a three-run homer in the seventh and the Illini scored three in the ninth for an 11-10 win ... Went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and a career-high five RBIs in that game ... Went 5-for-11 in the Caravelle Resort Classic with seven RBIs and six runs ... Went 9-for-20 with four RBIs and seven runs over Spring Trip ... Went 11-for-23 with a homer, a triple, five doubles, three RBIs and eight runs in Illinois' last six games.
2009 - Sophomore: Started all 54 games, 49 in left field and five at designated hitter ... Hit in the No. 2 spot in the batting order in all 54 games ... Ranked second on the team with a .405 average with runners in scoring position and 16 two-out RBIs ... Led the team with six outfield assists ... Had a streak of 56 consecutive games in which he reached base from May 17, 2008-May 21, 2009 ... Had a career-best 17-game hitting streak from Feb. 22-March 27 ... Had an 11-game hitting streak from April 25-May 9 ... Went 5-for-13 with three runs and two RBIs in Illinois' series win at No. 1 LSU on March 6-8 ... Went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the series finale against Akron on March 15 ... Went 8-for-21 with seven RBIs and two runs over Spring Trip, March 20-24 ... Started Big Ten play with a bang, going 3-for-5 with his first career home run, four RBIs and two runs against Michigan State on March 27 ... Had four consecutive multiple-hit games from April 17-22, going 7-for-15 with a double, five runs and four RBIs in the series against No. 23 Minnesota, and 2-for-6 with three RBIs at Saint Louis on April 22 ... Went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in the middle game of the Penn State series on April 25 ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in the Northwestern series finale on May 3 ... Drove in the winning run with a single through the right side to cap a three-run ninth inning and lift the No. 25 Illini over No. 27 Ohio State, 5-4, in front of a school-record 5,214 fans on May 8 ... Went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run in the second game of the Ohio State series on May 9 ... Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament opener ... Played for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League during the summer.
2008 - Freshman: Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as selected by Collegiate Baseball ... Started 48 games, all in left field, and played in 51 ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 28 after hitting 11-for-15 (.733) in four games against Penn State with six RBIs, a four-hit game and a five-hit game ... His 54 hits rank 10th in Illinois freshman history and his .331 average is just outside the top-10 ... Had a career-high five hits and a career-high three RBIs against PSU on April 25 ... Also went 4-for-4 in the series finale against PSU on April 27 ... Had three games with two doubles - Akron, Central Connecticut State and Penn State ... Hit mostly in the No. 9 hole, starting there 30 times and hitting .347 ... Played for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League during the summer ... Traveled to Cuba with the Foresters and also helped the squad reach the National Baseball Congress World Series, which it won ... Hit .325 with a .441 on-base percentage, 11 RBIs, 17 runs and stole 7-of-8 bases in 77 at bats for the Foresters.
Ranked No. 9 in the state of Illinois Class of 2007 by Prep Baseball Report ... Along with Illini teammates Pete Cappetta and Nick Chmielewski, led Top Tier summer team to 2007 Connie Mack World Series ... Named a 2007 first-team Louisville Slugger High School All-American ... Earned 10 varsity letters playing football, wrestling, and baseball ... Led Lyons to regional and sectional championships in his junior and senior years ... Batted .500 during the 2006 season ... Named first-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune, IHSBCA and Prep Baseball Report in 2006 and 2007 ... Named the 2007 Chicago Sun Times Male Athlete of the Year ... Named first-team All-State by the Sun Times in 2007 ... Played in the Jack Kaiser Junior All-Star Game and the Stevenson Showcase, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and eight RBIs at Stevenson ... Led Prairie Gravel to three summer state championships from 2004-06 ... Led Lyons to a 2006 IHSA state finals berth ... 2006 state qualifier in wrestling ... Finished his wrestling career with a 100-25 record ... Seven-time West Suburban All-Conference selection - three times in wrestling (2004-06), twice in football (2005-06) and twice in baseball (2004-05) ... Running back for Lyons' football team that qualified for the IHSA 8A playoffs three times.
Born Dec. 27, 1988 ... Parents are Kevin and Carol McMurray ... Has two brothers, Matt and Ryan ... Majoring in communication ... Father, Kevin, was a diver at Western Illinois ... Brother, Ryan, wrestled at Augustana College ... Grandfather played in the Cubs organization from 1946-1948 ... Earned the J Kyle Braid leadership award in 2005.