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
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.
The 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft comes to a close Wednesday. Track every Big Ten selection from the third day of the event inside.
The 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft continues with rounds 3-10 on Tuesday afternoon. Track all of the Big Ten selections inside.
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.