Made seven relief appearances on the season with a 0-0 record and an 8.31 ERA...Recorded 10 strikeouts and seven walks in 8 2/3 innings of action...Made two appearances in SEC play totaling 3 2/3 innings of work...Allowed only one earned run for a 2.45 ERA...Began the season with a brief outing against Oregon State Feb. 21...Worked back-to-back scoreless innings against Ohio University on March 7 and UNC Asheville on March 25...Made his first SEC appearance against Georgia, March 27, with a season-high three innings of work, allowing one run on three hits while striking out six...Tossed two-thirds of an inning against Alabama allowing one hit and one walk...Allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings against Appalachian State on April 7...Surrendered one run on two hits in one inning against Belmont April 14...Earned distinction of being a Vol Scholar with his work in the classroom.
2008 - SOPHOMORE
Made 22 appearances with 10 starts and shared the team lead with five wins...First-year Vol began the season as UT's ace but moved to the bullpen in early April...Posted a 4-5 record as a starter and a 1-1 mark in 12 relief outings...He averaged 3.02 innings per appearance and led UT's staff with two pickoffs... Opposing baserunners stole just three bases in nine attempts against him...Posted a 2-3 record in SEC play with a 7.11 ERA...Started the season 4-0 with wins over Morehead State, third-ranked Texas, Eastern Michigan and eventual SEC Western Division champion LSU...In his 6 1/3 inning start against Texas at Houston's Minute Maid Park, he allowed three runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts...Surrendered just four runs on six hits against LSU while working a season-long 7 1/3 innings...Suffered his first loss March 21 at eventual SEC champion Georgia, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits with a season-high six walks through six full innings...Was touched for a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in a four-inning start at Auburn March 28, suffering his second loss...Made his first relief appearance April 2 against 18th-ranked and eventual Atlantic 10 champion Charlotte, tossing a single inning of one-hit, one-run ball...Lasted just 2 1/3 innings in a loss to Florida April 6, surrendering four runs on five hits in the start...Pitched one inning out of the bullpen at ETSU April 9 and took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits...Worked two innings of relief in Game 1 of the doubleheader vs. Alabama April 12 and tossed three innings in a start vs. Middle Tennessee three days later...Picked up a relief win at Arkansas April 20 by pitching two shutout innings during which he allowed just one hit and made his lone career plate appearance (groundout)...Absorbed his fifth loss of the season in an April 23 home game against ETSU by surrendering six runs on six hits in a two-inning start...Made brief relief outings against Mississippi State (April 26), Western Carolina (April 29) and Vanderbilt (May 2 and May 4)...His final decision of the season was a hard-luck loss to Belmont on May 7, during which he started and was touched for one run on three hits through four innings...Made two relief appearances in the Kentucky series May 9-11, pitched two innings of relief vs. Furman on May 13 and worked a pair of innings in the season-finale at South Carolina May 17...Finished his first year as a Vol with a 1.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
2007 - FRESHMAN AT UNIV. OF ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
All-Horizon League Newcomer Team selection...Also named to the inaugural All Ping! Freshman Second Team by PingBaseball.com...Posted a Horizon League-best 2.39 ERA...Went 4-4 in 18 appearances, starting 15 games...Worked two complete games...Two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Week (March 12 and April 23)...Made collegiate debut against No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 11, working five innings, allowing two runs and fanning five Cowboy hitters...Picked up first collegiate victory with five innings of one-run relief against No. 14 Georgia Tech on Feb. 17...Allowed just one earned run in six innings against No. 19 Tennessee on March 4...Went the distance against top-ranked Vanderbilt on March 10, limiting the Commodores' offense to just one run on three hits while fanning six without a walk in an eight-inning road start...Earned Great Lakes Region Pitcher of the Week honors from InsidePitching.com for his complete game against Vandy...Tossed a complete game at Butler on April 21, scattering seven hits and allowing just an unearned run in a six-strikeout effort...Won UIC's Horizon League championship-clincher on May 26 with six shutout innings.
Graduated from Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, Ill., where he was coached by Phil Fox...Lettered two seasons as a pitcher...Guided the Mustangs to two West Suburban Conference titles to go along with regional and sectional championships in 2005...All-West Suburban and All-Area honoree...Also garnered Academic All-Conference honors...Posted a 1.97 ERA as a senior in 2006...Struck out a team-leading 71 hitters in just more than 53 innings of work during his final year, going 6-4 in the process...Owned a 2.04 ERA with a team-best 74 strikeouts in 58 innings as a junior in 2005...Went 6-3 with one save as a junior...Also lettered in football and basketball.
Full name is Steven Evan Crnkovich (last name pronounced: SIRN-koh-vich)...Born Oct. 8, 1987, in Hinsdale, Ill....Son of Tip and Lorie Crnkovich...Recipient of the Richard A. Hodge Athletic Scholarship...Academic major: Mechanical engineering.
Innings pitched-Starter: 7.1 vs. LSU 3/14/08
Innings pitched-Reliever: 2.0, 5x (last at South Carolina 5/17/08)
Strikeout High (2008/Career): 4, 5x (last at Auburn 3/28/08)
Walk High (2008/Career): 6 at Georgia 3/21/08