Career Honor Roll - Third-Team All-Big Ten 2003 Academic All-Big Ten 2003 Academic All-Big Ten 2002
2003 - Finished fifth in the Big Ten in innings pitched with 53, allowing an opposing batting average of .264, which ranked him ninth in that category in the Big Ten Finished third in the Big Ten in wins and 10th with a 3.40 ERA Filled the No. 3 hole in the Big Ten rotation and was the pitcher with the best record on the team, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career Finished the year 7-2 with a 3.77 ERA Appeared in 12 games, starting 10 games and throwing 62 innings Struck out 36 while walking only 12 Opponent's batting average against him was .264, which was the lowest of all four of the Big Ten starters In Big Ten play, posted a 6-2 record with a 3.40 ERA, which was second on the team Threw the first shutout of his career against Penn State, throwing seven innings of shutout ball while allowing only three hits while walking four and striking out three In four of eight Big Ten starts, recorded an ERA under 2.60 and en route to Illinois wins Played for the Twin City Stars of the CICL over the summer.
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 Played for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Virginia Valley League over the summer.
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 Graduated in finance in May of 2003 and is now pursuing a second degree in sports management 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."