Illini Stay Alive in Big Ten Tournament Behind Sophomore's 7.1 Innings, 7 Strikeouts
Illinois Wins Fifth Straight Following Two-Hour Rain Delay to Move into Fourth in the Big Ten
Duchene Improves to 8-1, Equals Most Wins Ever by an Illini Freshman
Roper Knocks in Game-Winning RBI Single in the Eighth after Failed Pick Off
Illinois Reaches 30 Wins for Fifth Time under Coach Hartleb
2012 - Redshirt Junior: Made three appearances on the season, all in relief ... Allowed an unearned run in his season debut against No. 27 St. John's (2/19) ... Tossed a scoreless inning at Southern Illinois (3/16) ... Also pitched an inning against Southern Illinois on May 1.
2011 - Junior: Redshirted the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery following the 2010 campaign.
2010 - Sophomore: Made 21 appearances on the season, all in relief ... Was 9-for-9 in save opportunities on the year ... Tied for fourth in the Big Ten in saves in all games with nine and second in conference games with six ... Had a team-best 3.90 ERA among pitchers with over 25 innings of work ... Struck out 29 in 27 2/3 innings, allowing only 22 hits and seven walks with a .210 opponent batting average ... Had a team-best rate of 9.43 strikeouts per nine innings ... Posted 16 scoreless outings out of his 21 appearances ... Had a 0.00 ERA in save situations, allowing only five hits and no walks with 15 strikeouts ... Had a scoreless innings streak of 10 1/3 innings from April 17-May 16 with five saves and a 2-0 record ... Struck out 16 batters in 14 2/3 scoreless innings of work in his six Big Ten saves ... Opponents hit only .189 with runners on base and .162 with two outs ... Four of his nine saves lasted more than one inning.
2009 - Freshman: Made 13 appearances on the season with 10 starts ... Led the team with 57 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in all games with 25 batters struck out looking and fifth in conference games with 17 ... Made his first career start and earned his first career win against Akron on March 14 ... Rebounded from two tough outings to start the season by pitching seven shutout innings against Central Connecticut State on March 24, striking out a career-high eight ... Tossed eight solid innings in his next outing, limiting Michigan State to two runs on seven hits, to improve to 2-0 and help the Illini sweep the Spartans ... Pitched seven innings in the series sweep-clinching win at Penn State on April 26, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts ... Struck out seven while pitching seven shutout innings at Northwestern on May 3, clinching that series sweep ... Pitched for the DuPage Dragons of the Prospect League during the summer, playing alongside Illini teammates Adam Davis and Will Strack ... Led the Dragons with a 5-2 record and 71 strikeouts, while compiling a 3.81 ERA over 54 1/3 innings.
Listed as the No. 5 recruit in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... Earned second-team EA Sports All-America honors in 2008 ... Named to the IHSBCA Class 3A/4A All-State team in 2008 ... Named the Chicago Sun Times 2008 Player of the Year ... Went 9-2 with 133 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings with a 0.79 ERA in 2008 ... Also hit .404 with four home runs and 27 RBIs ... Named the East Suburban Catholic Conference's Co-Player of the Year in 2008 ... Named all-area and All-East Suburban Catholic Conference in 2007 ... Compiled a 1.41 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings in 2007 ... Member of Team Illinois, a summer club team ... Two-year baseball letterwinner.
Born Oct. 9, 1989 ... Son of Lisa Roberts ... Has two older brothers, Don and Mike, and an older sister, Dawn ... Majoring in communication ... Grandfather, Tom Roberts, played football at DePaul and eventually for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears ... Lists Roger Clemens as his favorite athlete.