Baseball


Joe Ziemba
Joe Ziemba
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Darien, Ill.

High School:
Nazareth Academy

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 195

Position:
RHP

Birthdate:
10/22/1981

Experience:
*

Bats/Throws:
R/R

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."

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