Junior right-hander picked 877th overall in 29th round
2009 HORIZON LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE YEAR 2009 ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST TEAM 2008 HORIZON LEAGUE RELIEF PITCHER OF THE YEAR 2008 ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
Career: Two-time All-Horizon League selection (2008, 2009)...career earned run average of 3.78 ranks 10th in school history...107 career appearances ranks second in school history... 13 career saves is tied for the third-most in a career by a UIC pitcher...177 career strikeouts ranks eighth in school history...224 career innings pitched is ninth in school history...drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 606th overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
2009: First season as a starting pitcher after spending last three seasons as a reliever...Horizon League Pitcher of the Year...All-Horizon League First Team pick...appeared in 15 games, making 13 starts...had a 3.48 earned run average...struck out 73 hitters and allowed just 21 walks...had eight quality starts (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs allowed)...went seven innings or more in 10 of his 13 starts, including three complete games...allowed just one run in 7.2 innings in first career start at fourth-ranked Texas on Feb. 22...struck out six and gave up just one run in 7.2 innings at Vanderbilt on Mar. 5...fanned 10 in complete-game gem, allowing just one run, against Cleveland State on Mar. 20...struck out career-high 12, allowing just one unearned run in 8.2 innings, at Butler on Apr. 11...went the distance in back-to-back wins against Wright State on May 1 and Milwaukee on May 8...two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, earning the honor for the first time on Feb. 23 for performance against Texas and on Mar. 10 for outing against Vanderbilt.
2008: Horizon League Relief Pitcher of the Year...All-Horizon League Second Team selection...appeared in a league-high 31 games, finishing a league-best 28 contests...recorded five saves in his return to the role of closer...charged with a 2-4 record and a 3.99 earned run average...recorded 39 strikeouts in 47.1 innings...did not allow an earned run in eight consecutive appearances, spanning 14 innings, from Apr. 18-May 11...went 3.2 innings against Milwaukee on Mar. 23, striking out six and keeping the Panthers scoreless to earn the win...tossed a career-high four innings against Houston in the NCAA College Station Regional on Jun. 1.
2007: Made 23 appearances out of the pen, serving primarily as the Flames' setup man...went 4-1 with 29 strikeouts in 33 innings...earned the win in the second game of a doubleheader versus Youngstown State on Mar. 31 with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief...got the last five outs to earn the win in UIC's 5-4 comeback victory over Wright State on Apr. 13...earned a three-inning save without allowing a run against Trinity International on Apr. 18.
2006: Served as the closer as a true freshman...made a Horizon League-leading 38 appearances, the most during a single-season in UIC history...posted a 2.62 ERA, the team's second-lowest mark...pitched 48 innings...struck out 36 hitters...3-1 overall record...picked up six saves, the second-most in the league...did not allow an earned run in his last eight appearances... went 10 straight innings without giving up a run between Apr. 22-May 5...debuted against Air Force on Feb. 17... earned his first career save with a scoreless ninth against No. 18 Ole Miss on Mar. 3...earned a three-inning save against Ohio State on Mar. 21...earned his first collegiate victory with 2.1 innings against Youngstown State on Apr. 2.
Prep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner as a pitcher and shortstop for the Warren Township High School baseball team....named to All-Area and All-North Suburban Conference First Team as a senior...earned selection to Team Illinois...batted a team-best .470 as a senior with five home runs while picking up a record of 6-2 on the mound and posting an ERA of 1.91...made the Stevenson Junior Showcase All-Star team...named the 2005 Preseason Player of the Year...as a junior batted .390 at the plate while fanning 15 batters in 20 innings on the bump...guided Warren to a regional title as a junior...helped the Blue Devils to North Suburban Conference title as a sophomore...born August 20, 1987...son of Bob and Erin Worthington...majoring in criminal justice.