Illinois' top lefthanded arm in 2005
Finished third on the team in wins
2006 Junior: Made 14 appearances, all out of the bullpen Had a stellar inning of work vs. Missouri (5/17), striking out two in a perfect appearance Pitched twice in the Iowa series, allowing just one hit in two scoreless innings of work Also threw scoreless innings against Massachusetts and Cornell Did not allow an earned run at Stetson, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and a walk in an inning Allowed two hits in a scoreless 1 1/3 innings againist Cornell on 3/24 with one strikeout while earning his only win of the season.
2005 Sophomore: Illinois' top arm out of the bullpen, making 20 appearances and posting a 3.38 ERA Posted most innings out of the pen and fourth-most on the team Allowed opponents to hit only .222 for the season Lefthanded hitters hit only .170 against Saving Even better with two outs, holding foes to a .185 average Had a career-long six-inning outing vs. Northwestern (5/7), allowing two runs on four hits and picking up the win in relief Did not allow a run in 11 of 20 appearances, a total of 18 2/3 scoreless innings Earned the save in game one vs. Michigan State (4/8), throwing 1 2/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts Got the win in game two vs. MSU (4/9) by pitching three innings of two-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts Recorded an extra-inning win at Southern Illinois, tossing three innings of one-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts Recorded first save in game one at Indiana (4/22) and notched second at Penn State (4/30) Began the season 4-0 before losing twice late Earned the win in game two at Penn State before saving game three for the Illini Pitched for the East Peoria Scrappers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League in summer of 2005 Finished 2-2 with a 1.90 ERA for East Peoria in 23 2/3 innings, striking out 31 while walking nine and allowing a .169 opponents' batting average.
2004 Freshman: Made 12 appearances out of the bullpen in 2004 Had scoreless conference outings against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State Season-high outing was against Western Michigan, going 2.2 innings while allowing one run on four hits.
Earned six varsity letters at Metamora: three each in baseball and golf As a senior, had 93 strikeouts in 84 innings of work Won 15 games between his junior and senior seasons Earned all-conference honors in baseball, and was most valuable pitcher in baseball as a junior and senior and also earned team MVP honors in golf as a senior Participated in McDonald's All-Star Game as both a junior and senior.
Born May 17, 1985 Parents are Glen and Kay Saving Majoring in finance Lists his favorite athlete as Carlos Beltran Member of the high honor roll all four years of high school; also a National Honor Society member Credits his father as being the biggest influence on his athletic career Lists his biggest thrill in sports as pitching in pressure situations in front of lots of people.