Illinois Advances in Nashville Regional Behind Duchene's 9th Win
Fall Practice - Final Day
2007 5th Year Senior: Signed with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League ... Named one of Collegiate Baseball's Top Players to Watch in the Big Ten ... Made a team-best and career-high 22 appearances with one start ... Recorded a career-high seven saves, going 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA over 34 2/3 innings ... Missed first four weeks of the season because of calcium chips sustained after falling on the ice prior to the season ... Returned on 3/23 with a rehab start against Dartmouth, giving up two runs in three innings ... Moved back into the closer role from there, recording his first save of the season at Purdue on 3/30 ... Notched a save in the opener vs. Ohio State on 4/8 by throwing a perfect inning ... Saved the opener at Northwestern with 1 2/3 scoreless innings on 4/13, then notched a two-inning save in the doubleheader nightcap on 4/14 ... Blew his first save of the year at Iowa on 4/21 ... Pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in the opener at Michigan, then tossed 1 1/3 perfect innings in the doubleheader opener to earn the win ... Notched a pair of saves in the Indiana series, tossing 1 1/3 perfect innings in the opener and a scoreless frame in game three ... Pitched two flawless innings against No. 17 MIssouri ... Earned a four-out save in the first game of the Michigan State series, then threw 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief in the regular-season finale to earn the win and pitch the Illini into the Big Ten Tournament ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after his performances in the MSU series.
2006 Redshirt Junior: Began the season as Illinois' No. 2 starter, but moved into the closer role near the end of April ...Made 19 appearances and a career-high eight starts ...Pitched a career-high 55 innings, going 3-5 with a career high-tying five saves ...Earned his first win of the year with six innings at South Florida (3/4), giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four ...Defeated Purdue on the first weekend of Big Ten play, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, striking out five ...Also struck out five in a loss to Northwestern on 4/15 ...Struck out a career high-tying six against Northern Iowa on Spring Trip (3/18), but got a no-decision ...Moved into the closer role agaisnt Iowa on 4/22, recording a one-inning save ...Converted his first three save chances ...Blew a save against St. Xavier but recorded the win, then got a save against Michigan on 5/6 with 1 1/3 perfect innings and two strikeouts ...Saved Illinois' first win at Michigan State on 5/20, striking out three in two flawless innings of work ...Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League during the summer, helping the Honkers to an NWL championship ...Broke the Honkers and NWL saves record with 24 ...Named Rochester's Pitcher of the Year and an NWL Midseason and Postseason All-Star.
2005 Redshirt Sophomore: Appeared in 20 games, 19 in relief ...Was Illinois' primary right-handed arm out of the bullpen ...Threw 35 innings with a 3.60 ERA, five saves and a 1-4 record ...Was a clutch pitcher, allowing opponents to hit .188 with two outs ...Had a career-best outing in Illinois' 14-inning tie with Sam Houston State, tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout relief while giving up only five hits, no walks and striking out a career-high six ...Had an ERA of 0.60 before beginning Big Ten play, allowing one earned run on 11 hits in 15 innings ...Got his only win of the season with four near-perfect innings of relief in the series finale vs. Ohio State (4/3), allowing one hit and two walks while striking out two ...Earned a save at Texas-Arlington with two scoreless innings of work ...Tossed a perfect 1 1/3 innings vs. Miami (Ohio) to get a save ...Notched his third save at Michigan State (4/9), throwing a scoreless inning ...Nailed down Illinois' series-opening win vs. Michigan (4/15) with a scoreless inning of work ...Slammed the door on Minnesota in the series opener, earning his fifth save with a scoreless inning that included two strikeouts after entering with the bases loaded.
2004 Sophomore: Missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his elbow.
2003 Freshman: Threw 16 innings as a freshman, ending up with a record of 1-0 ...On the season, struck out 13 and walked six while allowing 10 earned runs ...Started and earned his first career win against IPFW ...Threw three innings, giving up one run, four hits and one walk while striking out one against the Mastodons ...Also threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings against Ohio State, giving up only one hit and one walk while striking out one ...First career start came against Northern Illinois, working 4 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two ...First career appearance came in early action at Louisville, where he struck out five in two innings of work without allowing a run or hit ...Pitched for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League during the summer.
Earned four varsity letters at Loyola: two each in football and baseball ...Posted a career record of 14-5 with five saves and a 1.49 ERA in 127 innings of work ...Struck out 160 in his career ...As a senior, posted a 7-2 record with a 1.13 ERA and 81 K's in 62 2/3 innings of work ...Earned All-Chicago Catholic League and All-Area honors in baseball as a senior along with being named honorable mention All-State ...Also earned All-Catholic League and honorable mention All-Area and All-State honors as a quarterback ...Baseball team won the regional championship in both his junior and senior seasons ...Participated in the Jack Kaiser Memorial All-Star Game at Comiskey Park ...Also participated in the Catholic League vs. Public League All-Star Game at Comiskey and the Catholic North vs. South All-Star Game.
Born July 6, 1984 ...Parents are James and Anne Toohey ...Majoring in speech communication ...Graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Academy ...Lists his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career because he "has always pushed me to do as well as I can while still having fun" ...Lists Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett as his favorite athlete ...His biggest thrill in sports is winning the 2005 Big Ten championship and the 2006 Northwoods League title with Rochester.