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    Matt Vorwald
    37 Matt Vorwald

    Freeport, Ill.

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    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 180






    Honor Roll: Baseball America Midseason First-Team Sophomore All-American 2000 ? Second-Team All-Big Ten 2000

    2000: Eight saves ranked fourth on Illinois' single-season saves list and seventh on Illinois' career saves list ? Earned his first career save against No. 3 Houston in March ? Has a 2.68 ERA ? Threw 14 scoreless outings (out of 29 appearances) against Houston, Iowa (twice), Butler, Ball State, Northwestern (three times), Michigan, Michigan State (twice), Illinois State, Ohio State and Saint Joseph's ? Picked up two wins in one day against Northwestern ? Turned around and got Illinois out of a bases loaded, no one out jam in the bottom of the 10th against Northwestern the next day in a game Illinois eventually won in the 13th inning ? One of four Illini to own a perfect 0.00 ERA over the four games at Northwestern - Vorwald threw a total of 6 2/3 innings at NU ? Has only allowed five earned runs in the Big Ten ? Posted a team-low 2.29 ERA in conference action ? Appeared in a staff high 29 games ? Ranked third in the Big Ten with eight saves ? Had some sort of decision in 34 percent (14-41) of Illinois' wins and in 41 percent (7-17) of the team's Big Ten wins ? Missed the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional because of an injury sustained at the tournament.

    1999: Freshman had team-best 4-1 record when sidelined by a stress fracture in his throwing elbow following the Michigan State series ? Posted a 4.61 ERA in seven appearances and three starts ? Picked up first collegiate win in game three against Texas-San Antonio after throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Roadrunners ? Also won against Indiana after allowing two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings ? First collegiate start came at Southern Illinois: allowed four earned runs in five innings and suffered only loss of the season ? Threw seven innings and struck out eight in start and win against North Florida ? Only Big Ten start came against Michigan State: threw four innings and allowed six hits and four earned runs ? Did not factor in the decision in the MSU game ? Returned to the active roster at the Big Ten Tournament but did not see any action in Columbus.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered five times at Freeport: three times in baseball and twice in golf ? Drafted in the 30th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates ? Was 7-0 with a 0.75 ERA his senior season ? Two-time all-conference pick ? Co-Conference MVP as a senior along with teammate Andy Dickinson ? Also Rockford Area Male Athlete of the Year as a senior ? Honorable mention all-state pick his senior year ? Team began 1998 season with a 22-game win streak ? Baseball team was conference and regional champion his junior season ? Listed as one of the top high school seniors in the state by Baseball America.

    PERSONAL: Parents are David and Patricia Vorwald ? Majoring in biology/pre-med ? Came to Illinois for a chance to compete for the national championship ? Lists biggest thrill in sports as pitching a no-hitter ? Favorite athletes are Nolan Ryan and Kevin Brown ? Father most influenced his athletic career.

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