First Illini pitcher to finish undefeated in Big Ten since 1998
2006 Senior: Began the season as Illinois' closer before becoming the No. 1 starter in late April Converted his first six save chances and six of eight on the season Recorded his first win of the season at Ohio State in the third game after blowing a save, going 3 1/3 shutout innings and allowing three hits while striking out two Gave a heroic effort after blowing a save in the doubleheader nightcap against Northwestern (4/15), going six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits with six strikeouts for a no-decision Won two of his three first starts - getting a no-decision in the other - defeating Iowa and Michigan Was virtually unhittable against Michigan, throwing a complete-game six-hitter, allowing one run and one walk while striking out a career-high eight Allowed a season low for hits in a start - three - against Iowa, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing three runs with four walks and six strikeouts to get the win Threw five strong innings at Indiana, giving up a run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts before leaving with what was later discovered to be a small labrum tear.
2005 Junior: Finished 3-0 in the Big Ten, the first Illini pitcher to go undefeated in Big Ten play since Brett Weber in 1998 Defeated Ohio State (4/2), Michigan (4/16) and Penn State (4/30), helping the Illini sweep the Buckeyes and salvage splits with Michigan and PSU Had best outing of season vs. Michigan, throwing a complete-game four-hitter, allowing one run and two walks while striking out five Earned a save in Illinois' first win of the season, going four innings in a 7-6 victory at #21 Winthrop Pitched for the East Peoria Scrappers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League in the summer of 2005 Named CICL Pitcher of the Week on Aug. 1 after striking out 13 in a seven-inning complete game Finished 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA for East Peoria, allowing opponents to hit only .229.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
2003-04: Earned two varsity letters for baseball at John A. Logan College Had a career record of 22-4 at John Logan with 174 strikeouts and 53 walks in 172 innings Named a third team NJCAA All-American in 2004 Named Great Rivers Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Named Region 24 Pitcher of the Year Named to the All-GRAC, all-Region 24 and all-district teams in 2004 Helped lead John Logan to a GRAC championship and a Region 24 championship.
Earned six varsity letters, three each in baseball and basketball, at Evansville (Ind.) Central Notched a 21-6 record in three seasons, including a 9-3 mark with a 1.27 ERA in his 2002 senior season Twice named to the All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference team Twice named to the All-Metro team.
Born Feb. 14, 1984 Parents are David and Jennifer Majoring in kinesiology Has two younger sisters - Nichole, 18, and Krissie, 15 Lists his favorite athlete as Albert Pujols because he's an amazing player After graduating, he plans to be a coach Enjoys golfing and fishing in his free time.