2000: Allowed only one earned run and one hit in first two appearances this season ? Threw 1/3 of an inning against Clemson at the NCAA Regional ? Nonconference action included appearances against UTPA and Illinois State ? Was hampered by a shoulder injury that sidelined him through the middle of the season ? Threw three scoreless innings, allowing only three hits in comeback appearance against Illinois State ? Owned a team-low 1.80 ERA over five innings.
1999: Sophomore posted 9.90 ERA and 0-1 record in second season ? Highlights of year included scoreless outings against both Ohio State and Minnesota ? Appeared in 12 contests with one save ? Save came against Indiana: allowed only one run in three innings while striking out three in early nonconference match-up ? Pitched for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League over the summer ? Posted a 7-5 record and was a league all-star ? Led his team in K?s (69) and innings (75 2/3).
1998: Posted a 4.09 ERA in eight appearances ? Held nationally-ranked Miami hitless in one inning of work against the Hurricanes in first collegiate appearance ? Only Big Ten appearance came in relief against Iowa.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned seven letters at St. Charles: three in football and two in both baseball and hockey ? Compiled a 9-1 record with a 1.42 ERA along with 90 strikeouts in 65 innings his senior season ? Named to the Upstate 8 All-Conference and all-area teams as a senior ? Was also a special mention all-state selection ? A member of the '97 Upstate8 and Illinois Coaches Association All-Star Team ? Also a standout football player, he grabbed 47 catches for 647 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year.
PERSONAL: Parents are Dave and Kathy Trayser ? Majoring in speech communications ? Plans to go into consulting or public relations ? Came to Illinois because of the good people and program in place ? Father played baseball at Illinois State where he won the national championship in 1969 ? Admires Michael Jordan for his desire, competitiveness and love for the game ? A two-year Human Relations Award winner in high school ? Involved in the D.A.R.E. Role Model and Peer Leadership groups ? Lists his parents as the biggest influence on his athletic career because of their support on and off the field.