2002: Was 2-1 with a 5.52 ERA, appearing in 13 games, starting four. Won on consecutive starts in a six-day span over Xavier(4/17) when he tossed four scoreless innings of two-hit ball and Morehead State(4/23) when whiffed a career high seven in 6.1 frames. Put together a mid-season stretch of 20.2 innings in which he allowed three earned run on just 17 hits-14 of which were singles. Tossed 5.1 consecutive innings of hitless relief in three outings.
2001: Was 10th in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings at South Suburban Community College, fanning 68 in 58 innings of work. Was 6-3 with a 3.51 ERA. Struck out 10 in seven innings, surrendering just one run against College of Lake County(3/31). Picked up 13 K’s in eight frames against Kankakee Community College(4/12), giving up 2 runs on three hits. Named to the JUCO Division I Region IV All-Region team.
2000: Joined fellow Cardinal Dan Cunningham with the Bulldogs as a freshman, posting a 4-4 record with 59 strikeouts and a ERA of 4.80.
High School: Attended Thornwood High School as a freshman and sophomore, lettering both season and posting a 13-3 record. Finished with the Rebels of Thornton Fractional High School, going 7-3 with a 2.32 ERA and 76 K’s as a junior. Fanned a school record 125 his senior season, going 11-2 with a 1.54 ERA and two saves for the conference champs. Was named IHSAACP first team All-State and second team by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. Tossed a perfect game against his former high school.
Personal: Born 3/25/80 in Munster, Indiana to Jerry and Lil Novak. Majoring in business management at U of L and would like to someday run his own business. Has an older brother and a younger sister. Major leaguer Mark Mulder, Cliff Floyd and Steve Trout all attended Thornwood HS. Likes to play guitar, collect tropical fish and playing X Box with "Hank" and "Tizzy" in his spare time. Is a Bears and White Sox fan. Faced Antwan Randle-El in high school. Would like to play golf with Adam Sandler, SpongeBob SquarePants and Jesus.
Career statistics for: Novak
Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2002.... 5.52 2-1 13 4 0 0/0 0 31.0 35 20 19 20 22
2003.... 43.20 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.2 6 8 8 3 2
TOTALS.. 7.44 2-1 14 4 0 0/0 0 32.2 41 28 27 23 24