Jason Anderson, the Big 10 Pitcher of the Year, was named first team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
June 22, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- Illini ace Jason Anderson was named an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) first-team All-American. Anderson went14-3 in 2000 and was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. Anderson becomes the first ABCA honoree since Brett Weber earned third-team accolades in 1998 and the first first-team selection since Josh Klimek in 1996.
Anderson, who has already received second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, has also earned first-team Academic All-America honors, Most Outstanding Player honors at the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament team honors. He was 14-3 on the year with a 3.15 ERA. Anderson set Illinois single season school records for wins (14), innings pitched (134.1) and games started (19) while leading Illinois to its fifth-consecutive postseason berth. He tied the Big Ten single season wins record (14) and his 134.1 innings of work set a new conference mark for a single season.
Anderson owns a 29-5 career record at Illinois. He picked up three wins and three complete games in 10 days of postseason play, winning two games at the Big Ten Tournament, including the championship game over Penn State, and one at the NCAA Regional. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection owns a 5-0 career record in the postseason and ranks among Illinois' career leaders in wins, innings, winning percentage and strikeouts. He has won the most games of any Illini pitcher in three years and owns a 13-3 career record in conference play.
Anderson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round of the June amateur draft. He signed a contract to join the organization earlier this month.