2009: Led team with 79.2 innings, 13 starts, seven wins and 61 strikeouts ... Struck out the first three batters he faced in his Huskie debut vs. North Florida (2/22) ... Earned his first win of the season vs. Southern Illinois, hurling seven scoreless frames (3/7) ... Named the MAC West Pitcher of the Week for his start vs. Southern Illinois, one week after teammate Andy Deain garnered the honor (3/12) ... Beat Buffalo in the home opener, tossing seven quality innings (3/20) ... Scattered three runs on 10 hits over 7.1 innings to get the win vs. Bowling Green (3/27) ... Struck out five in a victory vs. Toledo (4/17) ... Had his best performance of the season vs. Eastern Michigan when he struck out a season-high 10 batters and gave up two runs over 8.1 innings to earn the win at Eastern Michigan (4/24) ... Went the distance, striking out six, for a win at Central Michigan (5/1) ... Notched his seventh victory of the season at Western Michigan, striking out nine in the effort (5/14), the win total ranked eighth in single season history at NIU ... Led the team in wins (7), innings pitched (79.2), strikeouts (61), and games started (13).
Junior College: Transferred to NIACC after attending the University of Minnesota ... Played at the same junior college that produced former NIU third baseman Jesse Seykora and right fielder Danny Reed ... Pitched in four games and totaled six innings for the Golden Gophers in 2007 before receiving a medical redshirt.
High School: An all-state, all-area and two-time first team all-conference selection ... Named all-state, first team all-area and All-Lake Conference and was team'sMVP and pitcher of the year as a senior ... Set school records for strikeouts, innings pitched and ERA during his junior season ... Went 6-3 with seven complete games and two saves and a 0.73 ERA as a junior ... Struck out 87 with just 15 walks and seven earned runs in 67 innings in his junior campaign ... Earned first team all-conference and team pitcher of the year accolades.
Personal: Majoring in business marketing and education at NIU ... Born Oct. 4, 1986 ... Parents are Jeff and Sherie Lukanen ... Aspires to start his own baseball training facility.
lukanen's Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 9.0, vs. Central Michigan, 5/1/09