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.