Junior Starter Equals Career High with Eight Scoreless Innings and Seven Strikeouts
Illinois Takes Two Out of Three in First Big Ten Series; Finishes Homestand 7-2
Goldstein Goes 4-for-4 with 3 RBI; Nielsen Earns First Career Victory
Kolakowski Executes Suicide Squeeze Bunt to Score Fletcher in Finale
McDonnell Earns First Career Win with Five Shutout Innings
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
Illinois at Tennessee Tech - 2/15-2/17
Photos from the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina
Photos from Illinois' Honor and Serve Day and 8-6 win over Michigan State.
2014 - Senior: Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Junior: Finished 3-1 with two saves and a 2.70 ERA, the second-lowest mark out of the Illini bullpen ... Made 19 appearances and pitched 26.2 innings, totaling 19 strikeouts and nine walks ... Pitched in an NCAA Regional for the second time in his career ... Collected second save by tossing final two innings vs. Penn State (5/11) ... Tallied third win with four scoreless innings of relief at Michigan State (5/4) ... Picked up second win vs. Northwestern (4/28) and did not give up an earned run over 3.2 innings ... Missed a month in the middle of the season due to a forearm strain and came back from it with 1.2 scoreless innings vs. Northwestern (4/26) ... Earned first win of the season at Baylor (3/8) after the Illini made a ninth-inning comeback to overcome a one-run deficit following his unearned run in the eighth ... Recorded first save of the season by getting final four outs vs. Boston College (2/24) ... Named to NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. | Game-by-Game Stats
2012 - Sophomore: Made 23 appearances on the season, all in relief ... Went 2-1 with a 4.36 ERA and three saves in 33 innings, allowing only 28 hits and striking out 32 ... Made three of Illinois' six saves on the year ... Tied for 10th in the Big Ten in saves with three ... Allowed only 14 walks in 33 innings ... Didn't allow an earned run in 15 of 23 outings, totaling 24 2/3 innings ... Posted a 1.69 ERA in April, notching 17 strikeouts in 16 innings over 10 appearances ... Struck out 16 in 13 innings over his final nine appearances of the season ... Held opponents to a .038 average (3-for-38) with two outs in an inning ... Limited right-handed hitters to a .203 average (16-for-79) ... Ranked second on the team with 8.73 strikeouts per nine innings ... Stranded 14 of the 19 runners he inherited ... Tossed consecutive scoreless two-inning outings at Lamar (2/25) and against St. John's (3/2), holding both teams hitless, allowing only one walk and striking out four ... Bounced back from a rough stretch by recording his first save of the season against Indiana (4/7), allowing only one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of work ... Struck out four in three scoreless innings against Missouri at Busch Stadium (4/11) ... Struck out one in a perfect inning of work to earn a save against Illinois State (4/17) ... Struck out two in a perfect inning against Ohio State (4/22) ... Struck out four in two innings at Indiana State (4/24), allowing only an unearned run ... Earned a save at Northwestern with three near-perfect innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two ... Recorded a win against Michigan State (5/6), allowing one earned run in two innings of work ... Notched the win against Minnesota (5/17) with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three while allowing one hit and two walks ... Played for Wisconsin Rapids of the Northwoods League with Illini teammate Brandon Hohl during the summer.
2011 - Freshman: Made nine appearances on the season, all in relief ... Went 0-0 with one save and a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings of work ... Threw a pair of scoreless innings across two appearances in the Western Kentucky series ... Tossed a scoreless inning against Eastern Illinois on April 20 ... Threw a scoreless inning against Illinois College on May 4, striking out one ... Struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against No. 20 Stanford on June 5 ... Played for the Lombard Orioles of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League during the summer.
Named the No. 38 prospect in the state by Prep Baseball Report ... Pioneer Press North Stars Player of the Year in 2010 ... Bugle Newspapers Male Athlete of the Year in 2010 ... Went 12-4 with a 2.48 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 80 innings in 2010 ... Also hit .370 with six homers and 38 RBIs ... Led Maine South to a sectional title in 2010 ... All-Area selection by the Chicago Sun-Times 2008-10 ... All-Central Suburban Conference pitcher in 2008 and 2009 ... Broke the single-season strikeouts record for Maine South with 98 in 2009 ... Posted a 0.77 ERA in the summer of 2008 ... Tossed a perfect game in 2008 ... Helped Maine South to a regional championship in 2008 ... Helped Maine South football team to the 2008 IHSA Class 8A state title, returning an interception 34 yards before halftime in the championship game ... Has earned five varsity letters, three in baseball and two in football.
Born Aug. 23, 1991 ... Parents are Ron and Judy Muck ... Has three brothers: Tommy, Frankie and Charlie ... Majoring in communication ... Brother, Tommy, played football at Illinois Wesleyan in 2008 ... Uncle, Frank Fichera, played baseball at Illinois State from 1968-72 ... Favorite athlete is C.C. Sabathia because he is dominant on the mound ... Credits his brother, Tommy, as the biggest influence on his athletic career because they always competed against each other and made each other better.
Updated December 2013