HONORS & AWARDS: Monogram (letter) Winner (2014, 2016).
CAREER STATS (2013-16): Made 26 appearances (1 start) over four-year career … finished with an 0-2 record and 5.30 ERA over 18.2 innings of work … struck out 13 batters and held opponents to a .227 batting average.
SENIOR SEASON (2016): Made 11 appearances out of the bullpen and earned one start in final season in an Irish uniform … finished with an 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA in 11.2 innings of work … struck out nine batters … started in season finale against No. 16 Clemson (May 21) … allowed two runs while striking out three in 2.1 IP … hurled 0.2 perfect innings while striking out one in first appearance of season against Incarnate Word … didn’t allow a run in first four appearances of year, which spanned 3.0 innings of work … tossed a clean inning against Eastern Michigan (April 27) and two scoreless frames versus Pittsburgh (May 7) … pitched a clean inning against No. 11 LSU (May 11) … participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) … earned a monogram.
JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Saw action in three games during the year … opened up season at Oklahoma (Feb. 13) ... walked a pair of batters before inducing a double play to end the Sooner threat ... recorded two outs at Clemson (March 14) … also pitched an inning out of the bullpen against No. 12 Virginia.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Made 11 appearances out of the Irish bullpen … hurled 4.2 innings and finished with a 3.86 ERA … struck out five batters while giving up seven hits … hit four batters and walked two … fanned two hitters in one inning of work against Robert Morris (IL) (March18) … didn’t allow a run in last eight appearances … earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Did not see any game action during rookie year.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL: Two-time all-conference and all-area selection (2011, 2012) ... all-state honorable mention (2012) ... helped Plainfield North High School win conference championships all four years ... had spectacular senior campaign as he led team in strikeouts, set the school record for strikeouts in a season and had an earned run average under one ... earned two letters ... also played football for two seasons ... played club baseball for the Northern Illinois Reds ... full name is Joey John Cresta ... born in Chester, Pennsylvania ... son of Joe and Barbara Cresta ... has a younger sister, Emily, and a younger brother, Sam ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in accounting.