Ben Reeser
Ben Reeser


Bloomington, Ill.

High School:
Normal University

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 195




2008 - Junior: Illinois' closer, made 23 appearances - ninth-most in school history - out of the bullpen with five saves ... Posted a 3-2 record with wins over Eastern Kentucky, Akron and Northwestern ... Saves came against Lamar, Kansas, Michigan State, Indiana and Minnesota ... Tied a career high with five strikeouts against Lamar on Feb. 24 ... Had 14 scoreless outings totaling 20 2/3 innings ... Held opponents to a .239 average with runners on base ... Proved to be durable, posting eight outings of two or more innings ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named a George Huff Award winner ... Pitched for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer with teammates Aaron Martin and Nick Chmielewski.

2007 - Sophomore: Made 18 appearances with three starts on the season ... Started at Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 25, versus Eastern Illinois and versus Minnesota on April 28 ... Tossed a scoreless ninth inning to combine with Aaron Martin on a shutout of Massachusetts ... Earned his first win of the season at Northwestern on April 14, tossing 4 1/3 innings of relief ... Followed that up with two innings of work to get the win against Robert Morris on April 18 ... Shut out Eastern Illinois through four innings to get the win ... Tossed a scoreless inning at Iowa on April 21 and against Greenville ... Threw an inning of shutout relief against Michigan State in the doubleheader opener on May 19 ... Struck out a season-high four batters against Minnesota during two scoreless innings of work in the Big Ten Tournament ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer along with Illini teammates Dominic Altobelli, Aaron Martin and former Illini John Schlichter ... Named a midseason all-star in the CPL ... Named the CPL Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the summer with an 8-0 record and a 1.61 ERA.

2006 - Freshman: Made 14 appearances and five starts with all five starts coming in the Big Ten ... Finished fifth on the team in innings pitched (47 2/3) and third in walks allowed (10) ... Earned two relief wins on Spring Trip against Northern Iowa and Cornell (March 23) ... Tossed four shutout innings of relief against UNI, giving up just two hits and striking out a career-high five ... Gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief against Cornell while striking out three ... Threw two shutout innnings of relief at Bradley, walking one and striking out one ... Earned a win in his first collegiate start, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings against Iowa (April 22) while striking out three ... Along with Tanner Roark, became the first Illini freshman duo to sweep a Big Ten doubleheader (vs. Iowa) since 1990 ... Was masterful against Michigan on May 6, throwing a five-hit seven-inning complete game, but allowed a solo home run that was the difference in a 1-0 loss ... Named a George Huff Award winner ... During the summer, played for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League with Illini teammates Joe Bonadonna and former Illini Lars Davis and the Twin City Stars of the Central Illinois Collegiate League ... Posted a 2.59 ERA in 24 1/3 innings with Twin City, striking out 16 and walking four.

Helped his team to a third-place finish in the Illinois American Legion state tournament in 2004 ... Helped lead his junior American Legion team to a state championship in 2003 ... Earned 11 varsity letters at University High, four each in baseball and cross country and three in basketball ... Played in the Jack Kaiser All-Star Game in 2004 ... Qualified for the state cross country meet 2002-04, helping U-High to third-place finishes in 2002-03.

Born Aug. 6, 1986 ... Parents are Alan and Doris Reeser ... Majoring in supply chain management and marketing ... Has two older sisters, Natalie and Rebecca, and a twin brother, Collin ... Lists winning the state basketball title in 8th grade and winning the state Junior Legion baseball tournament in 2003 as his biggest sports thrills ... Nolan Ryan is his favorite athlete ... Has worked on his dad's farm in past summers ... Member of Boys State and the U-High Academic Honor Roll ... His Fighting Illini hero growing up was Frank Williams.