Illinois Makes Final Push for Big Ten Tournament
Jordan Parr Blasts 3-Run Homer in Defeat
Fan-Favorite Event Kicks Off Crucial Series with Spartans
Returning Ace Kevin Johnson Leads Talented, Deep Staff
2012 - Senior: Made three appearances on the season, all in relief ... Made his season debut against Gonzaga on Feb. 24 ... Also saw action at Nebraska on March 24 and against Southern Illinois on May 1.
2011 - Junior: Made 19 appearances on the season with one start ... Went 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA, best among regular pitchers ... Held Pittsburgh to one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings of relief in the season-opener ... Limited Florida Gulf Coast to one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief ... Held Southern Illinois to two runs on two hits with a season-high five strikeouts in eight innings in his lone start on the season ... Posted scoreless relief outings against Illinois State (March 30) and at Penn State (April 1), striking out four in 2 1/3 innings of work ... Held the Nittany Lions to one earned run in 4 1/3 innings of relief on April 3 ... Held Ohio State scoreless in four innings of relief on May 6.
2010 - Sophomore: Made 11 appearances on the season with nine starts ... Went 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA in 44 innings of work with 33 strikeouts ... Was Illinois' Friday starter through the second Big Ten series ... Started Illinois' season-opener against Notre Dame, striking out a career-high six while allowing only one run on five hits in six innings for the win ... Gave up three runs on five hits in five innings against No. 19 East Carolina ... Held Lipscomb to three unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings with five strikeouts, but got a no-decision ... Gave up three runs in five innings to Dartmouth on Spring Trip ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer, going 1-0 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings over 11 relief appearances.
2009 - Freshman: Named to the All-Big Ten third team and to the Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Made 15 appearances on the season with nine starts ... Posted a 6-1 record, which tied the school record for wins by a freshman, including a 4-0 mark in Big Ten play, with a 3.84 ERA in 68 innings pitched ... Had a team-best 18 walks allowed, which ranked fifth in the Big Ten ... Led the Big Ten in runs allowed, finished third in earned runs allowed and ninth in hits allowed ... Earned his first career win with 3 2/3 innings of relief against West Virginia on Feb. 22 ... Made his first start against Akron on March 15, allowing two runs in four innings ... Gave up only one earned run in a six-inning start against Central Connecticut State on March 23 ... Twirled a complete-game shutout against Michigan State on March 29, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out three ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for that effort ... Struck out three in 2 2/3 innings of relief at Michigan on April 11, earning his first career save ... Allowed only an unearned run on five hits in a six-inning start against Eastern Illinois on April 14 ... Earned his fourth win with 6 2/3 solid innings on April 25 ... Needed only five pitches to pitch a perfect inning at Northwestern on May 2 for his second save ... Allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 6-0 at Purdue on May 15 ... Pitched for the DuPage Dragons of the Prospect League during the summer, playing alongside Illini teammates Adam Davis and Bryan Roberts.
Named the 2008 Western Sun Conference MVP ... Named to the IHSBCA 3A/4A All-State first team as a pitcher ... Named a second-team All-State outfielder by the Chicago Tribune ... Went 9-2 with a 0.93 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 68 innings in 2008 ... Led Sycamore to a regional championship and a Western Sun Conference title in 2008 ... Named the 2008 Daily Chronicle Player of the Year ... Named the 2008 Sycamore High School Athlete of the Year ... Tossed a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts against DeKalb on April 1, 2008 ... Named All-Suburban Prairie Conference as a pitcher in 2006 ... Conference invitee for the Plainfield South baseball prospect showcase ... All-Western Sun Conference selection in football as a wide receiver and defensive back in 2006 and 2007, and as a wide receiver in 2008 ... Led Sycamore to the 2007 IHSA Class 5A football playoffs ... Earned seven varsity letters - three in baseball and two each in basketball and football ... Named All-Western Sun Conference in basketball in 2008 ... Academic All-Suburban Prairie Conference baseball selection in 2007.
Born May 25, 1990 ... Parents are Ted and Rachel Strack ... Has a younger brother, Joe, and a younger sister, Tessa ... Majoring in accountancy ... Member of honor roll, National Honor Society and Standard Is Excellence program in high school ... His brother, Joe, most influenced his athletic career because "he was always there to play one-on-one, catch or wiffleball. He has always supported me and we have pushed each other to succeed."