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College notes: Jay parlays solid spring into spot with USA Baseball

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:35 a.m. CST
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Tyler Jay pitches for the University of Illinois in a game this spring. The Lemont High School graduate had a solid season, which eventually led to a spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.
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(Photo provided by Steve Woltmann/Lewis Athletics)
Carly Jaworski makes a throw in a game for Lewis University this spring. The Lemont High School grad started all but one game at shortstop for the Flyers.

The spring sports season is a busy time for college athletes, just like their high school counterparts. Here are a few athletes from Lemont that competed for college programs this spring.

USA Baseball taps Tyler Jay for collegiate team

After a very successful spring season on the mound for the University of Illinois, Lemont High School 2012 graduate Tyler Jay was recently named to USA Baseball's College National Team. Among the 24 players chosen for the team, he was one of just two left-handed pitchers, as well as the only representative from a Big Ten school.

In five appearances during Team USA's training camp that ran from June 21 to 29, Jay did not allow an earned run while striking out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings.

Last week, the College National Team began its schedule in North Carolina with five games slated against Chinese Taipei and followed with a series against Japan. The squad is competing in the Netherlands through July 20 and will cap the summer playing in Cuba (July 23 to 27).

Jay recently wrapped up his sophomore season in an Illinois uniform by posting a 4-1 record with a 1.94 ERA and 10 saves in 23 appearances. The lefty struck out 47 batters in 41 2/3 innings of work in his first season as the team's closer and earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades.

Jaworski jumps right in for Flyers

Carly Jaworski started every game but one this spring as a freshman on the Lewis University softball team. The shortstop finished with the third-best batting average on the team (.291) while knocking out a team-high 12 doubles to go along with two home runs, 24 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Ramblers put Nagel to work

Erica Nagel played in 42 games this spring as a freshman for the Loyola softball team. She produced 24 hits, including four doubles and a home run, and also totaled 13 runs scored and eight RBIs. Nagel walked seven times and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases.

Valone plays role for Purdue softball

Lexi Valone had 15 at-bats this spring for the Purdue softball team and contributed three singles, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Academic accolade for Alyssa Stube

Alyssa Stube was named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Spring All-Academic team. To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must have no less than a 3.25 GPA.

A junior-to-be at Cardinal Stritch University, Stube appeared in 39 games for the softball team this spring, knocking out 24 hits while totaling 24 runs and 16 RBIs.

Concordia baseball relies on Caballero

Cody Caballero had quite the freshman campaign for Concordia University. The pitcher made seven appearances on the mound and posted a record of 4-0, compiling a 1.78 ERA in 35 1/3 innings of work. He allowed just 31 hits and six walks while striking out 26.

We want to knowIf you know of any other college athletes from the area, please contact Scott Schmid at sschmid@shawmedia.com.

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