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Mike Kornacker
Mike  Kornacker

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Lemont, Ill.

High School:
St. Laurence

Height / Weight:
6-3½ / 213

Position:
RHP

Birthdate:
12/26/1995

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right

04/01/2018

Purdue Sweeps Doubleheader, Series

Boilermakers open Big Ten play with a sweep for the first time since 1985

03/27/2018

Valpo in Town for Midweek Opener

Beard set to become Purdue's eighth pitcher to make home debut as starter at Alexander

03/10/2018

Baseball Hammers Tulane to Even Series

Purdue's leadoff man reaches base safely to begin an inning seven times

03/02/2018

Baseball Scores 9 Straight to Finish Win

McGowan homers again, extending hit streak to 10 straight games

02/25/2018

Boilermakers Stun Irish with 5 in the 9th

Purdue wins the Alamo Irish Classic after a pair of last at-bat wins

12/02/2016

Mike Kornacker, 2016 Action

Collection of action photos from the 2016 season.

03/10/2015

Corpus Christi Weekend

Corpus Christi Weekend Photo Gallery

2018 / AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Individual Game-by-Game Statistics

2017 / AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Academic All-Big Ten
Individual Game-by-Game Statistics
• Pitched in 12 games and made eight straight weekend starts from March 12 to May 7
• Helped lead Purdue to wins in series finales vs. Santa Clara, Ohio State and Illinois
• Worked a combined 10 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in the OSU and Illinois victories, helping Purdue win a rubber game in Columbus and sweep the home series vs. the Illini
• Pitched in relief the first three weekends in his return to the mound for the first time since March 2015
• Returned to the weekend rotation on the spring break trip, giving up a combined two earned runs over 7 1/3 innings vs. Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara
• Struck out a career-high five over five innings of two-run ball in the rubber game of the conference-opening series at Iowa
• Was Purdue's most effective pitcher in the hitter-friendly series finale with Indiana, working 4 1/3 innings of four-run ball in his first start at home since 2015
• Struck out four in two innings of scoreless relief over two appearances in the series-opening series at Texas State

2016 / AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Academic All-Big Ten
Individual Game-by-Game Statistics
• Played in 11 games as a position player, making three starts, before opting to undergo an arm surgery in late March that ended his season
• Started the first two games of the season at designated hitter after being strictly a pitcher as freshman
• Also started the series finale vs. Ohio at third base
• Singled and scored twice in the comeback win at Georgia State
• Played third base in all three games of the Ohio series, recording a single in the 15-inning win
• Record an RBI in the finale of the Cal series

2015 / AS A FRESHMAN
Individual Game-by-Game Statistics
• Pitched in six games, starting all six, before an injury in late March ended his season...
• Granted a medical redshirt
• Was Purdue's series-opening starter in all six of his outings
• Gave up just one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win in the opener at Oklahoma
• Worked 5 2/3 shutout innings in a no-decision vs. Butler
• Pitched a season-high six-plus innings against Northern Illinois, two of the four runs he was charged with scoring in the seventh after he left the game
• Surrendered no more than one run in any of his first three starts after working two innings of one-run ball in his collegiate debut vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and 3 1/3 innings vs. Gonzaga
• Left the Big Ten opener against Rutgers with two outs in the fifth inning with Purdue leading 3-2
• Became the rare freshman to start a Big Ten opener on the mound for Purdue under previous head coach Doug Schreiber
• Surrendered only five extra-base hits in 27 innings

HIGH SCHOOL
• Four-year varsity letterwinner for coach Pete Lotus at St. Laurence High School in the south suburbs of Chicago
• Catholic League Player of the Year as a senior after batting .417 and posting a 9-1 record with 88 strikeouts on the mound
• Two-time all-state and First Team All-Catholic League as an upperclassman
• Batted .429 with an 8-1 record, 82 strikeouts and 0.97 ERA on the mound as a junior to earn Area Player of the Year honors from the Southtown Star newspaper
• Three-time all-area honoree was Second Team All-Catholic League in each of his underclassman seasons
• Established new school records for games played, hits, RBI, runs scored and strikeouts
• Batted .405 and went 5-1 as a starting pitcher as a sophomore
• Batted .397 as the starting second baseman as a freshman playing varsity
• Also played three years of basketball, earning offensive team MVP honors as a junior after averaging 14 point per game
• Defensive team MVP as a sophomore playing varsity
• Helped lead St. Laurence to four straight regional titles in the IHSA playoffs
• Honor roll student graduated with a 4.0 GPA

PERSONAL
• Major: Organizational Leadership
• Full name is Michael Joseph Kornacker
• Born in Hinsdale, Illinois
• Parents are Dean and Debbie Kornacker
• Family also includes older siblings Lauren and Mark
• Father was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and reached the Double-A level after being a standout performer in college at Saint Xavier in Chicago
• Brother Mark played baseball at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, where his mother is a professor of nursing
• Sister Lauren is a nurse practitioner in Tampa

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Ball Player: Kris Bryant
Had the Biggest Impact on His Athletic Career: Dean Kornacker, Father
Favorite Playoff Format: NCAA Basketball Tournament
Favorite Pro Stadium: Wrigley Field
Favorite Field He's Played at (Besides Alexander): Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Toughest Pitcher for Him to Face Among Teammates: Jacson McGowan
MLB Hitter He'd Like to Face: Aaron Judge
Celeb or Pro Athlete He'd Like to Meet: Derek Jeter
Most Unique Baseball Feat He's Witnessed: Carlos Zambrano's No-Hitter at Miller Park
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Mark Cuban
In His MP3 Player: Brantley Gilbert
Last Concert He Attended: Jimmy Buffett
Favorite Multi-Media App: Spotify
Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
Dream Car: Audi R8
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Tommy Boy
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Show He Can't Stop Watching: Sons of Anarchy
Favorite TV Series: Seinfeld
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Purdue Buildings: Co-Rec
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Orange Beach, Alabama
City He'd Like to Visit: Paris
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Fishing
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: 408 Feet to Center (Pitcher Friendly)
Favorite Thing About College Baseball: Competing
Most Memorable Game at Purdue: Winning at Oklahoma in 2015

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