Honor Roll - Academic All-Big Ten 2001
2001 - Illinois' No. 2 pitcher much of the season ... Posted a 4-4 record with 4.74 ERA ... 2-4 in the Big Ten with a 4.79 ERA ... Threw a nine-inning complete game to defeat Indiana 8-5 in regular season finale ... Tied for team lead with six complete games ... First win of the season came vs. IPFW as he threw seven innings, giving up three hits and one unearned run while striking out a career-high 10 batters ... Earned first career Big Ten win vs. Northwestern after throwing a complete game in which he allowed seven hits and one earned run ... Came out of the bullpen at the Big Ten Tournament against Ohio State, allowing three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work as the Buckeyes eliminated Illinois from the tournament ... Lost at Michigan after allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in game two of the series ... Pitched six strong innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run in 3-2 loss to San Jose State in first start of the season.
2000 - Threw 29 2/3 innings over seven appearances before succumbing to an arm injury after three weeks of Big Ten action ... Picked up only win after throwing eight innings at North Florida ... Allowed only four runs on seven hits while striking out seven against the Ospreys ... Allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings of work in a start against No. 3 Houston in early March.
1999 - Freshman posted a 6.50 ERA in 12 appearances ... Started five games and finished the season with a perfect 3-0 record ... Wins came against Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Western Michigan ... Threw a career-high seven innings against Western Michigan to earn third win ... Allowed three runs in five innings against Western to pick up first collegiate win ... Struck out season-best six against Western ... Second win came in five inning, one run effort against Eastern ... First collegiate start came against Florida A&M on Spring Trip in which Olson lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out five ... Allowed only three earned runs over two games and 8 2/3 innings against Illinois State ... Played for the Harrisonburg, Va., Turks of the Virginia League over the summer with teammates Jeff Gertz and Craig Marquie.
High School - Earned four varsity letters at OPRF: twice in both baseball and football ... Drafted in the 44th round of the 1998 Major League First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs ... Was 8-0 with a 1.01 ERA his senior year ... Baseball team was undefeated in the conference and was seventh in the nation with a 37-5 record his senior season ... Baseball team captain ... A Dean's List student all four years of high school and recipient of both baseball and football academic awards.
Personal - Parents are Gary and Dawn Olson ... Majoring in kinesiology with hopes go into athletic training, physical therapy or coaching ... Chose Illinois over Michigan State, Iowa State, Illinois State and Iowa.
Justin Olson Career Statistics
Justin Olson Career Big Ten Statistics