#21 Joey Cresta
HONORS & AWARDS:Â Monogram (letter) Winner (2014, 2016).
CAREER STATS (2013-16): Made 26 appearances (1 start) over four-year career â€¦ finished with an 0-2 record and 5.30 ERA over 18.2 innings of work â€¦ struck out 13 batters and held opponents to a .227 batting average.
SENIOR SEASON (2016):Â Made 11 appearances out of the bullpen and earned one start in final season in an Irish uniform â€¦ finished with an 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA in 11.2 innings of work â€¦ struck out nine batters â€¦ started in season finale against No. 16 Clemson (May 21) â€¦ allowed two runs while striking out three in 2.1 IP â€¦ hurled 0.2 perfect innings while striking out one in first appearance of season against Incarnate Word â€¦ didn’t allow a run in first four appearances of year, which spanned 3.0 innings of work â€¦ tossed a clean inning against Eastern Michigan (April 27) and two scoreless frames versus Pittsburgh (May 7) â€¦ pitched a clean inning against No. 11 LSU (May 11) â€¦ participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) â€¦ earned a monogram.
JUNIOR SEASON (2015):Â Saw action in three games during the year â€¦ opened up season at Oklahoma (Feb. 13) … walked a pair of batters before inducing a double play to end the Sooner threat … recorded two outs at Clemson (March 14) â€¦ also pitched an inning out of the bullpen against No. 12 Virginia.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014):Â Made 11 appearances out of the Irish bullpen â€¦ hurled 4.2 innings and finished with a 3.86 ERA â€¦ struck out five batters while giving up seven hits â€¦ hit four batters and walked two â€¦ fanned two hitters in one inning of work against Robert Morris (IL) (March18) â€¦ didn’t allow a run in last eight appearances â€¦ earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013):Â Did not see any game action during rookie year.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL:Â Two-time all-conference and all-area selection (2011, 2012) … all-state honorable mention (2012) … helped Plainfield North High School win conference championships all four years … had spectacular senior campaign as he led team in strikeouts, set the school record for strikeouts in a season and had an earned run average under one … earned two letters … also played football for two seasons … played club baseball for the Northern Illinois Reds … full name is Joey John Cresta … born in Chester, Pennsylvania … son of Joe and Barbara Cresta … has a younger sister, Emily, and a younger brother, Sam … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in accounting.