Illinois Fighting Illini News
After having their 27-game win streak snapped by Maryland, the Illini bounced back in a big way on Friday by defeating Michigan State 2-0 in an elimination game. Senior pitcher John Kravetz tossed his first career complete game shutout while giving up just six hits to the Spartans.
Next up for the Illini (47-7-1) No. 3 seed Michigan (35-23) on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm CT. You can catch the game live on the Big Ten Network.
Tyler Jay was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award--which is given to the nation's top amateur player. You can click here to cast your vote for Jay.
Speaking of Jay, Baseball America's John Manuel has the junior LHP going No. 1 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks in his latest MLB Draft projection.
In the print edition of Baseball America, I went with Arizona making a deal here and gave it Georgia prep catcher Tyler Stephenson, after having one front-office evaluator compare him to Wil Myers. But we’re sticking with a college pitcher; we’re just changing the pitcher. Jay has had six-inning outings, he’s had weekends with multiple appearances, and he built a strong track record last summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He would be an unusual No. 1 overall pick, but this is an unusual draft class.
Selection: Tyler Jay, LHP, Illinois
Jared Hiltzik earned All-American status by advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Singles Championships on Thursday.
The No. 4 Fighting Illini also made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the team bracket before being eliminated by North Carolina last week.
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New York evened the series with a huge win on Friday.