Former Catcher Becomes Second Illini Called Up in Last 10 Days
No. 5 Illinois Set to Play No. 4 Minnesota at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday at Target Field
Justin Parr Picked as Player of the Year; Duchene Tabbed Freshman of the Year
2007 Sophomore: Named to the All-Big Ten second team after going 8-2, 6-1 in the Big Ten ...His six wins in conference play tied for the league lead and his 54 2/3 innings pitched were second-most in the conference ...His eight wins were second-most in the Big Ten in all games, and his 83 innings pitched were fifth in the conference ...Named one of Collegiate Baseball's Top Players to Watch in the Big Ten ...Earned his first win of the season against Dartmouth on 3/22, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings ...Defeated Purdue in the Big Ten opener ...No-decision against Ohio State was the only time he didn't record a win or loss in conference play ...Dominated Northwestern on 4/13, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk with a career-high nine strikeouts in a career-high seven innnings for the win ...Allowed just one run at Iowa on 4/20, striking out six in the win ...Defeated Minnesota on 4/27 ...Took the loss at Michigan on 5/4, his only conference defeat ...Finished the regular season with wins over Indiana and Michigan State ...Tossed his first career complete game against Iowa on 5/23, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
2006 Freshman: Was the first Illinois pitcher to finish the season undefeated since 1998, going 4-0 ...Made 11 appearances and 10 starts, eight of those starts in Big Ten play ...Was Illinois' third starter in all but one Big Ten series, making a relief appearance in the season-opening series against Purdue ...Earned his first collegiate win at Indiana State, throwing five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out a career-high five ...Got the win against Iowa on 4/22, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in five innings while striking out three ...Along with Ben Reeser, became the first Illini freshman duo to sweep a Big Ten doubleheader (vs. Iowa) since 1990 ...Got the win against Michigan with five solid innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts ...Pitched Illinois to a key win against Michigan State on 5/20, giving up three runs - two earned - on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings ...Was Illinois' starter in the elimination game of the Big Ten Tournament against Purdue, going a career-high six innings and leaving the game with the lead ...Played for the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League in the summer with Illini teammate Blake Hopkins.
Led Wilmington to two state championships, in 2003 and 2005 ...Directed the Wildcats to a third-place finish in 2004 ...Went 2-0 with a save in the 2005 state tournament, not allowing a run in 10 innings ...Named MVP of the state tournament in 2003 and 2005 and named to the all-tournament team in the 2004 state tournament ...Named first team All-State by the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 2003-05 ...One of the Chicago Tribune's top prospects in 2004 ...Named to the Chicago Suburban All-Area team in 2004 ...Pitched five innings of a combined perfect game in the 2004 Danville supersectional ...Played in the Jack Kaiser All-Star Game in 2004 ...Won eight letters at Wilmington, four in baseball, three in football and one in basketball ...Led the Wildcats to a class 3A state runner-up finish in football in 2003 as quarterback and free safety ...Also piloted Wilmington to the 3A state semifinals in 2002 and the quarterfinals in 2004 ...Named an All-State quarterback in 2004.
Born Oct. 5, 1986 ...Parents are Toby and Jodi Roark ...Majoring in sport management ...Has an older sister, Samantha (23) and a younger brother Dillon (19) ...Lists his biggest sports thrill as winning the state baseball championship and being named MVP as a sophomore ...Muhammad Ali is his favorite athlete because he always stood up for what he believed in ...Lists playing in the Pinto World Series championship at age seven is his earliest baseball memory.