2002 Highlights: Drafted in the 26th round (789th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the First Year Major League Baseball draft…was second on the team with 65 strikeouts in 61 innings of work…completed season with a record of 5-1 and an ERA of 2.80…struck out nine batters to earn the 3-2 victory over No. 23 Ohio State on March 24th…tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts against Cleveland State on May 3rd…allowed one hit and struck out seven batters as he took a no-decision in a 2-0 victory over Florida A&M on February 23rd…struck out 10 batters in seven innings to help propel UIC to the 11-2 victory over Drexel on March 17th…finished second in UIC history with 202 strikeouts…was fifth in UIC history with a career ERA of 3.74…is ninth in UIC history with 13 career victories…pitched 206.2 innings which is good for eighth in UIC history.
2001 Highlights: As a junior, made 13 appearances and 11 starts and finished the year with a 4.16 ERA, which was third lowest on the UIC staff…was the Flames’ hard-luck hurler as he compiled a 2-6 record as four of his six losses were decided by two or less runs…in 62.2 innings of work, he racked up 62 strikeouts while holding the opposition to a .241 batting average, which was second best in the league…was named the MCC Pitcher of the Week in early April after tossing seven complete innings with eight scattered hits and a career-high 11 strikeouts in a 4-2 win over Cleveland State…against the Vikings, he fanned six of the first nine batters he faced and struck out the side in both the second and sixth innings…picked up a win over Concordia as he tossed one inning and struck out a pair…in five innings of work against Indiana, he allowed just one hit and struck out seven before turning the mound over to Steve Carlson.
2000 Highlights: Sat out the year as a redshirt…1999 Highlights: Finished his sophomore season with the lowest ERA on the UIC pitching staff at 4.42…matched the most wins of Flames' pitchers with five while his 52 strikeouts were second-most…held opponents to a .263 batting average and in 13 appearances, completed two games…racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts and gave up just three hits in UIC's win over Illinois Tech…enjoyed one of his best performances of the year in UIC's 6-0 conference win over Detroit as he tossed seven complete innings, allowed just four hits and struck out eight batters…was nearly as effective in the 2-1 league win over Cleveland State as he surrendered just three hits and struck out six in seven complete innings.
1998 Highlights: As a rookie, he compiled a 1-1 record with a team-best 3.46 ERA...he tallied 22 strikeouts and held opponents to a .272 batting average in 26.0 innings pitched...picked up his first collegiate win against Maryland Eastern Shore as he went four complete innings with four strikeouts and one earned run...was UIC's hard luck hurler in the 1-0 extra-inning loss to Butler as he threw eight and a third innings and struck out five while allowing just three scattered hits and one unearned run.
Prep/Personal: On the mound as a senior, he compiled a 7-2 record as the Thunderbirds finished the year with a 28-11-1 record...in 78 innings pitched, he struck out 106 batters, the second-best single season performance in school history, while allowing 51 walks en route to a 4.22 ERA...earned SICA East All-Conference accolades while Thornwood finished second in the conference race with a 7-3 mark...also earned honorable mention all-area recognition...as a junior, hurled 32.3 innings with 35 strikeouts...racked up a 3-3 record with a 4.11 ERA while helping Thornwood capture the SICA Conference championship and finish the season with a 25-8 record...born July 31, 1979...son of Paul and Karen Gilliam...a Liberal Arts and Sciences major.