Duchene, Jay, Walton Named Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch
Jay Headlines Impressive Group of Illini Relievers
Junior Pitcher Among 50 Players to Watch for Top Amateur Baseball Laurel
Junior Closer One of 37 Players to Watch for Award Given to Top Relief Pitcher
Junior Left-Hander Picked to Third Team By Both Organizations
Photos of Tyler Jay playing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2014. Photo credit: USA Baseball
2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Photos from Illinois vs. Nebraska baseball
Photos from the Illinois baseball series at Baylor. 3/8/13 - 3/9/13
Illinois baseball at Houston Baptist and UT Arlington. 3/1/13 - 3/3/13
2015 - Junior: Louisville Slugger second-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... Perfect Game second-team preseason All-American ... Baseball America third-team preseason All-American ... NCBWA third-team preseason All-American ... Ranked as No. 18 junior in Perfect Game's Top 100 Juniors. | Game-by-Game Stats
2014 - Sophomore: Shined for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a save, 21 strikeouts and six walks in 16.2 IP ... Second-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-Mideast Region relief pitcher ... Posted a 4-1 record and led the bullpen with a 1.94 ERA along with the most strikeouts (47) in the bullpen in a team-high 23 appearances (41.2 IP) ... Was a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities, which ranked fourth in the Big Ten and second in school history for saves in a season ... Did not allow a run in 17 of 23 appearances with a .190 opponent batting average ... Closed out 10th save with 2.1 scoreless innings vs. Ohio State (5/22) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Posted two saves during the Iowa series with six strikeouts in 3.1 innings ... Picked up wins in the opener and finale in the Michigan State series, allowing one run in 4.2 innings ... Closed out 2-1 win over No. 24 Indiana with 1.1 scoreless innings for seventh save ... Notched sixth save in one-run win vs. Eastern Illinois (4/22) ... Second win came at Penn State (4/18) with 1.2 scoreless innings and registered fifth save in the finale at Penn State (4/20) ... Nabbed fourth save with two scoreless innings in 1-0 victory over Michigan (4/11) ... Notched first win with two strikeouts in two innings pitched at Northwestern (4/5) ... Pitched a career-high five innings vs. Xavier (3/23) and notched a career-high eight strikeouts ... Earned third save by pitching the final 2.2 innings at Florida (3/2) ... Notched second save with two strikeouts at Coastal Carolina (2/22) ... Recorded first career save at Georgia State (2/15) with two scoreless innings and five strikeouts. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Freshman: Turned in a 3.10 ERA and went 1-3 in 20.1 innings out of the bullpen ... Tied for the second-most relief appearances (18) and recorded the second-most strikeouts (20) in the Illini bullpen ... Boasted an opposing batting average of .157 (11-for-70), which led the Illini pitching staff ... Notched his first career win in 3.1 innings of scoreless relief in the extra-inning victory at Baylor (3/9) in game one of the doubleheader, where he also only allowed one hit ... Struck out the side to end the game in the eighth at Illinois State (4/16) ... Held onto a one-run lead by retiring all four batters he faced on nine pitches at Indiana (4/7), which helped lead to a 3-2 victory that snapped Indiana's NCAA-best 18-game winning streak at the time ... Held onto the lead vs. New Mexico State (2/23), escaping the seventh inning and pitching a perfect eighth inning in the Illini's one-run victory ... Struck out both batters faced vs. Boston College (2/24) ... Made Illini debut at Tennessee Tech (2/17), tossing 2.2 innings in relief but allowing a walk-off home run ... Played for the Lombard Orioles of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League along with Illini teammates Andrew Mamlic, Rob McDonnell and Josh Ferry during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Ranked the No. 25 overall player in the class of 2012 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... Went 4-3 with two saves in 2011, with both losses coming to eventual IHSA Class 4A runner-up Providence Catholic ... Struck out 70 in 40 innings while posting a 2.80 ERA in 2011 ... Earned the win in Lemont's 2011 IHSA Class 3A regional title victory, striking out 11 against Yorkville ... Named to the 2011 Lisle Reporter honorable mention Spring South DuPage All-Area Boys Team ... Went 5-0 with a 3.03 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings as a sophomore in 2010 ... Holds a career record of 9-3 with a 2.91 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 28 walks in 74 2/3 innings ... Member of Team Illinois ... Helped Lemont into the semifinals of the 2011 IHSA Class 6A state football playoffs and a 12-1 season record ... Had 28 receptions for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season while also serving as Lemont's punter and primary return man.
Born April 19, 1994 ... Parents are Brian Jay and Lynn Kwasigroch ... Has six siblings: Rylie (sister), Gabby (half-sister), Peyton (brother), Addison and Teddy (step-brothers), and Chloe (step-sister) ... Cousins, Andrew Jay and Nicholas Leffler, both played football at Monmouth (2007-10) ... Uncle, Rick Jay, played football at University of South Dakota (1978-80) ... Majoring in communication ... Favorite athlete is Derrick Rose ... His cousins most influenced his athletic career because they all play competitive sports and work hard, so he has always looked up to them.
Updated February 2015