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Northwestern hires Illinois assistant Spencer Allen as head coach

Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced Sunday that Spencer Allen will take the reigns as the 26th head coach of the Wildcats baseball program. “To be named the head baseball coach and join the Northwestern University family is a tremendous honor and opportunity,” said Allen. “The combination of a highly regarded athletic department and a prestigious academic institution was very appealing to me. My family and I are extremely excited for this new opportunity at Northwestern. “Jim Phillips and the Northwestern staff devoted a great deal of his time to this search,” said Allen. “Their passion

Illinois' memorable season ends with Super Regional loss to Vanderbilt

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