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Take a closer look at Illini relief pitcher Tyler Jay

Get to know Illinois closer Tyler Jay, who has become a dominant reliever in college baseball. Lightly recruited out of high school, the lefty and Illinois’ top prospect, talks about how his father helped him become the pitcher he is today. The Illini (40-6-1, 16-1), winners of a program-record 21 straight games, moved up one spot to No. 6 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday. Illinois swept Ohio State in Columbus this past weekend, marking its fifth consecutive Big Ten sweep. Its only Big Ten defeat came March 29 at Michigan State.

Illinois wins program-record 18th straight, clinches perfect April (16-0)

This much is known: No team, in any sport, had a better month of April than the Illinois baseball team. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] The Illini, who clinched a perfect April by downing Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, finished the month 16-0, including 11-0 in Big Ten action. In all, Dan Hartleb’s team has won a program-record 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in college baseball and the second-longest this season (24, Texas A&M). The games haven’t been all that close, either. Just check out the tweet above for all of the stats.

Illinois baseball team in midst of historic 2015 season

It has been 10 years since Illinois has won an outright Big Ten baseball regular season championship. That trend looks like it could come to an end this season, as the Fighting Illini are in the midst of a truly memorable 2015 season.