Junior Becomes Seventh Illini with Three-Homer Game, First Since Argo in 2009
Top of the Order Tallies Three Two-Out, Two-Run Singles
Johnson Matches Career-High 10 Strikeouts as Illini Score Second-Most Runs This Season
Goldstein Goes 4-for-4 with 3 RBI; Nielsen Earns First Career Victory
Illinois Racks Up 11 Hits; Kravetz Gets First Win with Seven Solid Innings
2014 - Redshirt-Sophomore: Did not allow a run in 11 appearances out of the bullpen for a 0.00 ERA ... Totaled 10 strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched and held opponents to a .184 batting average ... Tossed a career-high two scoreless and hitless innings while notching a career-high four strikeouts at Northwestern (4/4) ... Threw eight pitches as part of a perfect ninth inning in his first appearance vs. FGCU (3/1) ... Made second appearance vs. Xavier (3/21), pitching 0.2 innings ... Had a scoreless inning and his first strikeout vs. Illinois State (3/26) ... Also posted a scoreless inning vs. Michigan (4/12), at Illinois State (4/15), at Penn State (4/19), vs. Missouri (4/23) at Busch Stadium, vs. Southern Illinois (4/30) and vs. Michigan State (5/23) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Will Krug, Rob McDonnell and Adam Walton during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Redshirt-Freshman: Appeared in five games and pitched seven innings out of the bullpen with a 3.86 ERA ... Turned in two scoreless innings at Michigan State (5/3) ... Pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the 9-2 victory at Ohio State (4/19) ... Posted two innings vs. Oakland (3/30) with one earned run ... Tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in the 12-3 victory over Houston Baptist (3/2) ... Made first appearance of the season at East Carolina (2/21), allowing two runs ... Helped the Madison Mallards win the Northwoods League World Series title during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
2012 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2012 season ... Played for the Southland Vikings of the Midwest Collegiate League during the summer.
Ranked the No. 21 overall prospect in the class of 2011 in Illinois by Perfect Game USA ... Named a 2010 All-Chicago Catholic League selection and a 2010 Regional News All-Area honorable mention ... Was a 2010 Under Armour Preseason All-American ... Named the top prospect at the 2010 Perfect Game USA Illinois indoor showcase ... Primarily played catcher until the summer of 2010, when he began converting to a starting pitcher ... Went 5-1 with a 0.90 ERA with 45 strikeouts and five walks in 31 innings, allowing only eight hits during the summer of 2010 ... Led St. Laurence to an appearance in the finals of the summer state tournament ... Hit .367 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 2009 ... Played for the Illinois Sparks during the summer and with Cangelosi Baseball in the fall.
Born January 30, 1993 ... Parents are Chuck and Therese Naso ... Majoring in broadcast journalism ... Has two sisters, Lindsay and Kelsey ... Was a member of National Honor Society in high school ... Mark Buerhle is his favorite athlete because of his competitive drive ... Lists his Illini heroes as Dick Butkus because of his fierce, competitive style and former Illini pitcher Donn Pall because of his success on and off the field.
Updated September 2014