Illinois State is a season-best eight games above .500
The Redbirds will play for the first time on a new FieldTurf infield surface.
Illinois State is 10-6-1 all-time versus SIUE.
JD Learnard tallied his first victory of the season.
Illinois State concludes its five-game Florida trip with a 3-2 record.
2011: All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention ... collected the second-most wins with a 8-2 record ... amassed a 4.04 ERA, striking out 41 ... appeared 17 times and started 14 games, which was second-most on the team ... pitched 78 innings and allowed opposing batters to hit .283 ... pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just one earned run in a loss at Miami (3/8) ... earned the win in a seven-inning, one-earned-run performance with six strikeouts against SIU Edwardsville (3/16) ... notched the victory at Purdue, pitching 7.2 innings with three strikeouts (3/22) ... won at Wichita State after pitching six innings with four strikeouts and just two earned runs allowed (4/24) ... earned the win against Indiana State with a 6.2-inning effort, including three strikeouts (5/1) ... got the victory in a six-inning win at Southern Illinois where he struck out four and allowed one earned run ... named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (5/12).
2010: Amassed the second-highest win total with a 5-3 record ... established a 6.02 ERA, striking out 24 ... made 19 appearance, including 10 starts ... pitched 61.1 innings ... earned one save ... allowed opposing batters to hit .277 ... made his first collegiate start at Florida, working four innings and giving up just one earned run (3/10) ... earned his first collegiate win by pitching a scoreless inning of relief against Indiana State (3/27) ... notched his first win as a starting pitcher at Illinois, going a career-high 7.2 innings, allowing just one earned run, while striking out three ... gave up one earned run through seven innings of work at Missouri State (5/9) ... earned the victory in Illinois State's first NCAA Tournament game win since 1976, pitching 6.2 innings, while allowing three earned runs and striking out a career-high four batters (6/5). Played summer ball for the Danville, Ill., Dans of the Prospect League.
Salt Fork (Catlin High School):Four-year starter in baseball for Salt Fork Athletics, a co-op consisting of Catlin and Sidell (Jamaica) school districts ... helped lead the Storm to a super sectional berth after capturing regional and sectional titles during senior campaign ... set the school-record for wins after posting a 10-2 record with a 2.30 ERA ... broke his own school-mark for strikeouts in a season with 127 in 76 innings, a record he also broke during his junior (115) and sophomore (101) years ... batted .480 at the plate and earned all-Vermilion Valley Conference, all-county, all-area and all-state honors ... went 7-3 during junior season with a school-best 1.77 ERA ... helped the Storm to a regional championship berth while earning all-Vermilion Valley Conference, all-county and all-area honors ... posted a 7-3 record with a then school-best 2.20 ERA during sophomore campaign ... was named all-Vermilion Valley Conference, all-county and all-area by the Danville Commercial News ... Storm captured a regional championship and advanced to sectionals ... lettered as a freshman ... also played four seasons on the football team and started two.
Personal: Born 6-12-91 in Danville, Ill. ... son of Steve and Lisa Learnard ... has two older sisters, Megan and Kalyn ... cousin, Joel, is also a Redbird pitcher ... major: Biological Sciences