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    Joe Ziemba
    Player Profile
    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Darien, Ill.

    High School:
    Nazareth Academy

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 195

    Position:
    RHP

    Birthdate:
    10/22/1981

    Experience:
    *

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R

    2002 - Pitched a shutout inning of relief in game one of the Northwestern series . . . Started his first Big Ten game of the season in game four versus Michigan . . . Started midweek game versus Indiana State and threw five innings, allowing five runs on five hits while striking out a season-high four . . . Threw two innings of relief while giving up only one run against Dartmouth.

    2001 - Took a medical redshirt while rehabbing his throwing elbow after undergoing ‘Tommy John’ surgery in May of 2000.

    2000 - Illinois’ No. 3 starter before going down with an arm injury in early April . . . First collegiate win came in start against then-No. 3 Houston; threw five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits . . . Also defeated Michigan, allowing two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work . . . Threw seven innings against Northwestern, allowing only one run, in a game Illinois eventually won in extra innings . . . Posted a 3.44 ERA over 34 innings pitched for the season.

    High School - Earned five varsity letters at Nazareth: two in baseball and three in golf . . . Named to the 1999 Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association all-area team, the 1999 Chicago Sun-Times all-area team and earned Chicago Tribune all-state special mention honors . . . Also earned Player of the Year honors from Suburban Life . . . Named the 1999 Nazareth Academy Athlete of the Year . . . Was 10-3 in 68 innings of work as a senior . . . Struck out 112 and posted a 1.23 ERA as a senior . . . Posted a career record of 18-5 . . . Holds school record for career K's (202) and is tied with former Illini Tom Zidlicky for school single-game K record (19) . . . Earned Nazareth's Roadrunner Award for baseball, an award presented based on talent and leadership.

    Personal - Parents are Roberta and the late Raymond Ziemba . . . Majoring in finance . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as coming to Illinois to play Big Ten baseball under Coach Jones . . . Favorite athlete is Fred Couples . . . Lists his mother as the person who most influenced his athletic career because "she always believed in and supported my baseball career."

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