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.