Mike Thomas has announced that Dan Hartleb has agreed to a five-year contract extension, keeping him at Illinois through the 2020 season. The contract is pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.
Not only were 53 players selected Monday-Wednesday, but Illinois, Maryland and Michigan State all had a school-record number of student-athletes picked in the three-day event.
Tyler Jay struck out six in 6.1 innings, but it wasn’t enough as Vanderbilt defeated Illinois, 4-2, in Game 2 of the Champaign Super Regional on Monday. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tournament bracket ] The Fighting Illini (50-10-1) finish the 2015 season with a school record 50 wins. Junior Ryan Nagle led Illinois with three hits, while sophomore Pat McInerney added two hits and an RBI for the Fighting Illini. Vanderbilt’s Philip Pfeifer was outstanding on the mound, holding the Illini to just seven hits and two runs in 6.2 innings of work. With the victory, Vanderbilt, the
Less than an hour after his season ended with a 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt in a Super Regional matchup, Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay was selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. [ MORE: Take a closer look at Illini relief pitcher Tyler Jay ] Jay becomes the highest draft pick in Fighting Illini history. The lefty was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after finishing the year with 14 saves and a sub-1.00 ERA. With Jay landing in the first round, the Big Ten has now had
Just hours before the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the experts’ final mock drafts are out. To no surprise, the experts still like Illinois closer Tyler Jay. BaseballAmerica.com and MLB.com each has Jay going No. 6, while ESPN.com pegs the left-hander to go No. 9. The Big Ten has had a first-round pick in two of the last three drafts, in Purdue’s Kevin Plawecki (2012) and Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber (2014) The first round is at 7 p.m. ET Monday night. Click the links below to view the publications’ full mock drafts. BaseballAmerica.com No. 6 to Minnesota ESPN.com No. 9 to
Tyler Jay has had no trouble racking up the saves in a standout season. Now, the closer will look to save Illinois' historic season.
Sunday's Illinois-Vanderbilt Super Regional game two was postponed due to severe weather in Champaign and rescheduled for Monday (June 8) at 3 p.m. CT.
Reigning national champ Vanderbilt downed Illinois, 13-0, in Game 1 of the Champaign Super Regional on Saturday night. Illinois will look to stave off elimination at 9 p.m. ET Sunday.
Fresh off its first regional championship, Illinois eyes its first Super Regional championship and College World Series berth. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tournament bracket ] The Illini are two wins away from Omaha, home of the College World Series, and only Vanderbilt, the reigning national champ, stands in the way. The good news: Illinois hosts the best-of-three series at Illinois Field, where it is a program-best 25-2 and has rattled off 19 consecutive victories, the longest active streak in NCAA. Things get started with Game 1 at 8 p.m. ET. In Super Regional history, the first game has
The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and