Biography and Career Highlights
2010: Made 20 relief appearances ... finished his career as Illinois State's all-time appearances leader (90) ... went 3-1 with a 7.04 ERA ... struck out 21 in 30.2 innings ... fourth on the team in appearances, games in relief and games finished (5) ... pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief against Indiana State at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (5/27) ... struck out a season-high four batters through 3.1 scoreless innings versus Vanderbilt at the NCAA Tournament.
2009: Led the team with 22 appearances ... has 70 career appearances, tied for second on Illinois State's all-time list behind Eric Theisen (86) ... moved into primary closer's role early in the season and saved four games ... went 4-2 with a 4.36 ERA ... struck out 33 in 33.0 innings ... limited opponents to a .264 batting average ... earned a save at Wichita State (4/3) to help the Redbirds snap a 25-game road losing streak to the Shockers at Eck Stadium ... struck out a season-high five batters at Bradley (5/8) ... didn't allow a run and scattered two hits over his final four appearances ... named recipient of the Duffy Bass Endowed Scholarship for 2009-10.
2008: Appeared in six games, with five starts, until suffering a season-ending shoulder injury ... received a medical redshirt ... threw a season-high seven innings and allowed only one run to pick up his first win of the year against Eastern Illinois (3/13) ... struck out 22 batters, while walking only five in 26 innings of work ... allowed only two runs in five innings of relief at Tennessee Tech (2/23) ... struck out a season-high five batters at Tennessee Tech (2/23), at Bethune-Cookman (3/8) and versus Eastern Illinois (3/13).
2007: Led the team with a 2.89 ERA and also appeared in a team-high 27 games, all as a reliever ... ranked ninth overall in the Valley regular season with his 2.89 ERA ... limited opponents to just a .239 batting average in 53.0 innings pitched ... second on the team with two saves and three wins ... allowed the fewest hits and runs among pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game ... threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn a win at Southeast Missouri State (3/9) ... worked five scoreless innings and struck out three in a 2-1, extra-inning win over Saint Xavier (5/6) ... named the team's most valuable pitcher by his coaches and teammates ... played summer ball for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League.
2006: Appeared in 15 games, with 13 starts on the mound ... 13 starts tied for the team lead ... ranked third on the team with 67.1 innings pitched ... struck out a season-high eight batters against Vermont (3/11) ... picked up first-career victory in eight innings of work at Indiana State (4/2) ... earned a no-decision in an eventual 4-3 win over then-No. 23 Wichita State (5/7) ... pitched for the Faquier Gators of the Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League over the summer ... appeared in 11 games and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.82 ERA in 38.1 innings of work.
Glenbard West HS: Three-time all-conference selection ... also played football for four years ... team advanced to Elite 8 in IHSA state tournament freshman season.
Personal: Born 9-14-86 in Chicago, Ill. ... son of John and Debbie Sajewich, and Joan Sajewich ... major: business administration.
Honors and Awards