Jay Earns Roster Spot on USA Collegiate National Team
July 1, 2014
CARY, N.C. - University of Illinois junior left-hander Tyler Jay was named to the 24-man roster for the USA Collegiate National Team on Monday (June 30). Jay earned a spot to compete in international competition this summer following a strong performance on the mound during Team USA's Training Camp games from June 21-29.
The Lemont, Illinois, native did not allow an earned run in five appearances, tallying eight strikeouts and one walk in 5.1 innings. He allowed one hit and a pair of unearned runs while limiting opposing hitters to a .063 average and helping Team USA to a 6-1 record in its seven games.
Up next, the USA Collegiate National Team will begin a series against Chinese Taipei on July 1 at 7:05 p.m., ET at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The teams will play again on July 2 at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, North Carolina, on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina, and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
Team USA will then host a three-game set against Japan July 6-8 in Thomasville, Wilson and Wilmington, North Carolina, before traveling to the Netherlands for Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week, July 11-20. Following that tournament, the U.S. will head to Cuba for a five-game friendship series, July 23-27.
During the 2014 collegiate season, Jay proved to be one of the top relief pitchers in the Big Ten in his first year in the closer role, collecting second-team All-Big Ten honors. The sophomore 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. He touted a 4-1 record with a 1.94 ERA while ranking second on the team in strikeouts (47) in 41.2 innings pitched. The Lemont, Illinois, native did not allow a run in 17 of 23 appearances and limited opposing hitters to a .190 batting average.