Scouting Report: Should be a mainstay in starting rotation ... competitor with solid Big Ten experience.
Summer 2001: Helped lead the Harrisonburg Turks of the Shenandoah Valley League to playoff appearance ... teammates included fellow Boilermakers Luke Howard, Simon Klink and Kris Luce ... was 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 36.1 innings while fanning 30 batters ... posted one save.
2001: Posted a 6-3 record with a 4.92 ERA in 15 games, including 12 starts ... had one complete game and one save ... ranked second on team with six wins and was fourth with 60.1 innings pitched ... was 2-1 with 3.86 ERA in five Big Ten starts ... posted third-best ERA among starters in all games and in league play ... started the season by making three relief appearances, including scoreless outings at Austin Peay (2/25) and vs. Vanderbilt (3/4) ... made first start of season at Cincinnati (3/11) ... threw six innings and struck out four in 1-0 loss at UC-Riverside (3/16) ... earned first victory of season with two-inning outing that included three strikeouts at IUPUI (3/21) ... won start vs. Valparaiso (3/27) ... won third consecutive start with five-inning, four-strikeout performance at Ball State (4/4) ... won fourth-straight outing allowing just two hits and no walks in six-inning shutout performance at Northwestern (4/8) ... posted consecutive solid six-inning, no-decision starts vs. Penn State (4/15) and at Illinois (4/22) ... earned win and fanned seven in five innings at Chicago State (5/8) ... threw six shutout innings and allowed just three hits to earn victory vs. Iowa (5/14).
2000: Compiled 2-0 mark with 4.71 ERA as freshman ... made ten appearances with three starts ... earned first collegiate victory in six-inning starting performance, allowing six hits and only one earned run at Illinois State (4/19) ... earned win by throwing three shutout innings vs. IUPUI (4/24).
High School: Earned three baseball letters at Oak Park-River Forest High ... named to the Illinois all-state summer team following junior year ... captained high school team as senior and earned all-state second-team accolades.
Personal: Born January 18, 1981 ... son of Michael and Jean O?Neil ... has one older brother, Jason, and one younger sister, Megan ... organizational leadership and supervision major.
O?Neil?s Career Bests:
Innings Pitched (Start): 6.0, Four times, last vs. Iowa, 5/14/01
Innings Pitched (Relief): 3.2, at Duke, 3/14/00
Strikeouts (Innings): 7 (5.0), at Chicago State, 5/8/01
Complete Games: Two, last at UC-Riverside (6.0 innings), 3/16/01
Low-Hit Complete Games (Innings): 6 (6.0), at Illinois State, 4/19/00; 6 (6.0), at UC-Riverside, 3/16/01
Won four consecutive starts during 2001 season with wins over IUPUI (3/21), Valparaiso (3/27), Ball State (4/4) and Northwestern (4/8). Allowed just six earned runs, six walks and 14 hits while striking out 12 in 17.0 innings during that span.