11 former Northwestern players enjoying successful summers in America's pastime
2010: Selected by Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft ... First-team All-Big Ten selection ... Paced the Wildcats with 92.1 innings pitched, tied for the team lead with five victories and ranked second among all starters with a 4.39 ERA and 62 strikeouts ... In Big Ten play, went 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA and led the conference with 63.2 innings pitched ... Didn't allow an earned run while striking out 7 over 5 innings of work at UNLV (3/12) ... Surrendered only two runs over 8 innings in a win over Ohio State (4/3) ... Fanned a season-high 8 batters in the team's win at Penn State (4/10) ... Hurled an eight-inning complete game at Purdue (4/24) but came up on the short end despite allowing only two runs ... Struck out 7 in a complete-game victory over Indiana (5/8) ... Finished one out shy of a complete game against Michigan State (5/20), allowing only one run over 8.2 innings ... Named Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week for the performance ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2009: Paced the Wildcats with four wins, five complete games and 88.2 innings pitched ... Struck out a season-high nine batters in a complete-game season-opening victory over Georgetown (2/20) ... Struck out eight in seven innings of work at Kansas (3/6) ... Went the distance in a win at UIC (3/13), surrendering only one earned run ... Dropped first two Big Ten starts against Purdue and Michigan State despite allowing just three earned runs over 17 innings ... Blanked Notre Dame over the first five innings to get a win over the Fighting Irish at U.S. Cellular Field ... Struck out eight batters at Indiana (5/9) ... Went eight innings in final start of the season to earn a win over Michigan (5/16) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... Ping!Baseball Third-Team Freshman All-American ... Led the Wildcats with an 8-2 record, a 4.17 ERA, 73.1 innings pitched and four complete games ... Led the Big Ten with seven wins in conference play, the most ever by a true freshman in Big Ten history and tying the team mark (Dan Brauer, 2006) ... Hurled first collegiate shutout in final start of the season, a 2-0 win at 17th-ranked and Big Ten regular season champion Michigan ... It marked the first time the Wolverines had been shut out all season and the first time at home in 64 games ... Honored as co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the effort ... Posted wins in each of his final six starts of the season ... Team posted a 10-2 record in games in which he started ... Went six innings, allowing just two hits and no earned runs while striking out a career-high six to earn the win in first collegiate start vs. Cal State Northridge (2/23).
High School: Selected in 39th round of 2007 MLB Amateur Draft by Cleveland Indians ... Received state tournament MVP honors ... Posted a 9-0 record with a 0.94 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched, while batting .658 with 41 RBI as a senior ... Three-time participant in State Journal-Register Baseball Classic ... Jacksonville Journal-Courier first-team pitcher ... Received Western Illinois Valley All-Conference honors ... Team MVP ... Four-year letterwinner ... Led team in batting average and stolen bases in 2006 ... Threw a no-hitter against rival high school Calhoun in 2006 ... No-hit Pittsfield in 2005 Regional ... Struck out 21 and walked none in a seven-inning game against Petersburg PORTA in the 2006 Regional Semifinals ... 2005 All-Academic team ... Also lettered four years in basketball and golf ... Named first-team 6th man by the Jacksonville Journal-Courier in 2005 ... Made WIVC All-Tournament team in 2006 ... Led team in assists, steals, and free throw percentage as MVP in 2005 ... Was a sectional qualifier in golf as a senior ... Class valedictorian ... National Honor Society member ... All-American Scholar ... National Honor Roll ... Received awards in Spanish, Advanced Math, and Chemistry as a junior... Two-year class treasurer ... Also served as Business Club treasurer junior and senior year ... Played in Jazz and Pep band ... Named 2006 Outstanding Musician as a junior ... High school baseball coach was Tim Richard.
Personal: Born Eric Spenser Jokisch ... Son of Bruce and Debbie Jokisch ... Chose Northwestern over Bradley, Evansville, Missouri, and Southern Illinois ... Major is psychology.