Illinois pitchers Jason Anderson and Jimmy Journell and outfielder Craig Marquie were named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District V team announced Thursday.
Anderson, the Illini's No. 1 starter and a Danville product, carries a 3.38 grade-point average with a major in accountancy. He is 7-2 with a 4.59 ERA, the lowest of any Illinois starter this season.
Journell, a first-team All-Big Ten reliever in 1998, has a 3.24 GPA in economics. Journell is 7-2 with six saves and a team-low 1.93 ERA.
Marquie, a first-team All-Big Ten third baseman in 1998, has a 3.41 GPA in industrial distribution management.
Illinois State seniors Jay Anderson and Jason Sands also earned spots on the squad.
Jay Anderson, a second baseman, has a 3.48 GPA in biological sciences, and Sands, who has 21 multiple-hit games for the Redbirds, has a 3.20 GPA in social sciences.
By the numbers
For the Illinois baseball team, the race for a Big Ten playoff berth has come down to this final weekend. Scenarios that would put the fifth-place Illini in the four-team tournament:
Go 4-0 against Purdue while fourth-place Indiana is going 2-2 or worse at Ohio State.
Go 3-1 while Indiana is going 1-3 or worse.
Go 2-2 while Indiana is going 0-4.
Finish in a tie with Indiana, then win the tiebreaker (following statistics entering weekend series):
– The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition in league play (Illinois and Indiana did not play in conference).
– The second tiebreaker is winning percentage against teams that finished first through fourth – ties included – during the regular season (at this point, Illinois is .250 and Indiana is .375).
– The third tiebreaker is runs scored minus runs allowed in conference games (at this point, Illinois is a plus-3 and Indiana is a minus-6).
– The fourth tiebreaker is a flip of the coin conducted by the commissioner or his designee.