2009 - Junior: Made six appearances on the season, all out of the bullpen ... Went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA over five innings of work ... Notched the victory against Southern Illinois on April 28 with two scoreless innings of relief and two strikeouts against the Salukis ... Notched three other scoreless outings - against Akron on March 13, versus SIU on April 15 and against Minnesota on April 18.
2008 - Sophomore: Became one of Illinois' most trusted arms out of the bullpen, tossing 31 1/3 innings in 20 appearances ... Recorded seven scoreless outings and two more without giving up an earned run ... Put together a streak of 15 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run from April 1-19 ... Earned his first career save with three shutout innings and a career-high three strikeouts against Southern Illinois on April 1 ... Notched his first career win four days later at Indiana, tossing 2 1/3 innings ... Saved game two and recorded a win in game four at Minnesota ... Notched his third career save with three innings of relief in the completion of the suspended first game at Ohio State ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named a George Huff Award winner ... Played for the Nampa Outlaws of the Boise State League during the summer.
2007 - Redshirt-Freshman: Made two appearances on the season, pitching two innings ... Pitched a scoreless inning against Greenville ... Also tossed an inning of relief against Blackburn on April 25, recording his first career strikeout ... Earned a spot on the team as a walk-on following open tryouts held in September 2006.
2006 - Freshman: Named a second-team National Club Baseball Association All-American in 2006 as a relief pitcher for the University of Illinois Club Baseball team ... Also earned first-team All-Great Lakes South Conference and All-Great Lakes Region honors ... Went 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA and five saves, leading the NCBA in saves and finishing in the top 10 in the nation in ERA, appearances and strikeouts per nine innings.gs.
Posted a 1.03 ERA in 2004 to pace a 33-6 Brother Rice squad ... Had a career 7-3 record with a 1.65 ERA at BRHS ... Led the Crusaders to a sectional finalist berth in 2004 as well as a Catholic League championship ... Won two varsity letters in baseball at BRHS in 2004-05 ... Played for Steve Cosgrove with the Boys of Baseball National Travel Team in 2003-04..
Born March 16, 1987 ... Parents are Mark and Joyce Sterk ... Completed his B.S. in accountancy in August 2009 and is currently working on a master's degree in the same field ... His biggest thrill in sports was throwing a perfect game in the summer of 2006 with 16 strikeouts ... Says playing for the Illini has been a lifelong dream ... Named to the Illinois Dean's List in 2006 ... Was a four-year honor roll student at Brother Rice ... Lists his father as the biggest influence in his athletic career because "he always taught me to keep my head up."