Scouting Brookes: Top returning starter in conference rotation...competitive pitcher with ability to throw multiple pitches for strikes...pitches effectively to both sides of the plate...consistently gives his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound.
2006: Academic All-Big Ten selection...pitched a career-high 73.0 innings, second most on the team...struck out a career-best 54 batters, also good for second on the team...made 11 starts...possesses excellent control, as he tied for eighth in the Big Ten for fewest walks allowed (19)...opened the season with three shutout innings vs. Arkansas State (2/25)...picked up his first victory of the season by pitching three innings of scoreless relief, including three strikeouts, against Western Illinois (3/25)...fanned seven in a no decision vs. Minnesota (4/21)...struck out a career high 12 and allowed just one earned run in seven innings in losing effort at Northwestern (5/13)...notched his second win of the season with a solid effort vs. Illinois (5/19), allowing just two runs while striking out five in 7.2 innings of work.
2005: Third-Team All-Big Ten selection... Academic All-Big Ten honoree... took the the mound 14 times, starting in all but one appearance...led Michigan State with a 6-1 record...lone loss came to sixth-ranked Florida (3/13) in which he notched three strikeouts in 5.0 innings...placed second on the team in strikeouts (39) and innings pitched (61.1)...fanned three at Iowa (4/2), pitching a complete seven-inning game...struck out a season-high five batters, allowing just one earned run on five hits, while throwing his second complete seven-inning game of the season at Ohio State (4/16)...tallied four strikeouts on four occasions.
2004: Appeared in 16 games, with nine starts as a freshman...posted a 5-4 record with a 5.83 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched...finished third on the team in strikeouts with 36...amassed a 4-2 record in Big Ten games... earned first collegiate win against Siena Heights (3/30)... had career highs of six strikeouts and nine innings pitched against Iowa (4/4)...struck out five batters against Illinois (4/11)...scattered four hits and recorded three strikeouts in three innings to earn his first collegiate save against Michigan (5/1).
High School: Earned all-conference honors as a senior...led team to a No. 8 state ranking as a senior captain...went 10-1 with 79 strikeouts in 72 innings and a 1.76 ERA...set school record for fewest walks in a season (16)...compiled a 30-2 overall career record... played summer ball for the Norwood Blues, leading the team to a national third-place finish in 2003...earned two varsity letters each in baseball, golf and basketball...named Naperville Central's Business Student of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year in 2003.
Personal: Born March 13, 1985, to Rick and Sue Brookes...a marketing major...enjoys playing golf and basketball and listening to music...names father as biggest baseball influence...favorite team is the Chicago Cubs, and favorite player is Greg Maddux...pitched for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League the past two summers and was named an All-Star in 2005.
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