UI Wins Game One 9-6, Takes Game Two 4-1 on Monday
McInerney Belts 3-Run Homer as Part of 6-Run Fourth Inning
Junior Becomes Seventh Illini with Three-Homer Game, First Since Argo in 2009
Johnson Matches Career-High 10 Strikeouts as Illini Score Second-Most Runs This Season
Illinois Takes Two Out of Three in First Big Ten Series; Finishes Homestand 7-2
2014 - Freshman: Played in 21 games and started 15 times as an outfielder and designated hitter ... Hit .203 with eight runs, two doubles, a home run and five RBI ... Had a hit in his first three collegiate games ... Made collegiate debut at Georgia State (2/14), going 1-for-4 ... Went 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI at Georgia State (2/15) ... Hit first career home run at Georgia State (2/16), becoming first Illini true freshman to homer since Brandon Hohl in 2010 ... Had a single and a run against Southern Illinois (4/30) ... Collected two RBI at Northwestern (4/4) ... Scored two runs vs. Purdue (3/30) ... Scored a run with an evasion slide at Coastal Carolina (2/22) ... Played for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes League along with Illini teammate Dan Rowbottom during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Earned IHSA Class 3A all-state honors as a senior ... Third-team all-state by the Chicago Sun Times in 2013 ... Named Naperville Sun Player of the Year in baseball and basketball in 2013 ... Collected all-area honors from the Daily Herald ... Named East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year after leading his team to the conference title ... Hit eight home runs and batted .381 with 38 RBI as a senior ... Went 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA during his senior season ... Three-year starter ... Earned four varsity letters between baseball and basketball ... Was second on team with four home runs in 2012 as team finished third in the East Suburban Catholic Conference ... Hit over .400 for Benet with five doubles, three home runs and six stolen bases during the summer of 2012 ... Member of the all-tournament team at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla.
Full name is Patrick Joseph McInerney ... Born September 14, 1994 ... Parents are Mike and Judy ... Sister, Kaitlin, played basketball at Northwestern ... Brother, Michael, played soccer at Illinois Wesleyan ... Majoring in business ... Biggest thrill in sports was beating No.1 Simeon in basketball in 2011 in front of 8,000 people at the UIC pavilion ... Favorite athlete is Derrick Rose.
Updated September 2014