On Grodecki: Has pitched in a variety of roles out of the bullpen in his three years with the team; Will step up and be the closer this season after getting experience in that role last season.
2004: Appeared in 19 games out of the bullpen, tops amongst returnees; Compiled a 2-3 record with a 3.56 ERA and two saves; Allowed 26 hits and 12 earned runs in 30.1 innings; Walked 15 and struck out 28 while giving up just one home run; Did not allow a run in 12 of his 19 games; Villanova was 9-3 in those games; Pitched in three of the team's six shutouts; Picked up a save on February 14 against Norfolk State in the second game of the season; Pitched three scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory; Recorded a career-high five strikeouts against Detroit on February 29; Allowed just a hit and a walk in two scoreless innings in that game; Went 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA in nine Big East appearances.
2003: Pitched eight games out of the bullpen; Posted a 13.94 ERA with 0-0 record; Allowed 21 hits and 16 earned runs in 10.1 innings; Struck out 12 and walked eight; Threw 2.1 scoreless innings in two Big East appearances; Pitched 3.1 innings and notched three strikeouts against Penn State on May 13.
2002: Compiled 6.17 ERA over 10 games out of the bullpen; Pitched 11.2 innings and gave up 15 hits and eight earned runs; Walked six and struck out nine; Struck out season-high three batters against Delaware.
Loyola Academy: Received two varsity letters in baseball; Two-time recipient of the team's Coach's Award; Two-time Northbrook Braves Post 791 American Legion Outstanding Pitcher Award; 2001 Legion Post 791 MVP; All-Chicago first team selection in 2001; Set legion team record best innings pitched to walks ratio; Never lost a playoff start in high school or legion ball; Earned first honors every semester at Loyola; Also led golf team to 2000 Illinois State Championship.
Personal: Business major; Older of two children of Walter and Cheryl Grodecki; Has a brother, Matthew (17); Born 7/13/83 in Ridge Park, Ill.