Fletcher Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

ROSEMONT (via fightingillini.com) - Senior Casey Fletcher was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, announced the conference office Monday. Fletcher hit a team-high .500 (8-of-16) with five walks during Illinois' perfect 4-0 week that extended its school record and longest active winning streak in the country to 17.

Fletcher, who shared the honor with Iowa's Jimmy Frankos, brought home the game-winning RBI single in the 15th inning on Saturday at Penn State. He had three multi-hit games and posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in right field. The Oakwood, Illinois, native scored five runs and had three RBI on the week in which Illinois topped Eastern Illinois and swept Penn State.

Fletcher is the second Illini to earn the conference's weekly honor this season, joining junior Jason Goldstein (April 7). It is the second time he has collected the laurel, also doing so last season on May 6 when he was voted National and Big Ten Player of the Week.

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• Illinois is ranked No. 6 in the Perfect Game Top 25, marking the highest ranking in program history. It is the third straight week the Illini are ranked in the Top 10.

• UI also is ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and No. 8 by D1Baseball.com, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

• Illinois is off to its best start in school history with a 36-6-1 record. The previous best UI mark after 43 games was 33-10 in 1989 under Augie Garrido.

• With 36 wins, the Illini have equaled their eighth-most wins in a season. The school record for victories is 49 in 1982.

• Illinois is on a school-record 17-game winning streak, which is the longest active winning streak in the country. It is the second-longest streak in the NCAA this year behind Texas A&M (24).

• The Illini are halfway to the NCAA record winning streak of 34 owned by Texas (1977) and Florida Atlantic (1999).

• Illinois has outscored its opponents 134-52 during its 17-game winning streak. The Illini boast a .294 average and 2.32 ERA during that span. UI has overcome a deficit in 11 of the games and has 17 total comeback wins on the year.

• Illinois also has won 12 consecutive conference games and started Big Ten action 13-1 for the second time in school history. The only other time both those feats were accomplished was in 1911 under head coach George Huff.

• The Illini sit in first place atop the Big Ten standings at 13-1.

• Illinois boasts the No. 1 winning percentage (0.849) in NCAA Division I Baseball and third-most wins (36) and behind Texas A&M (37-7) and LSU (37-7).

Up Next: No. 6 Illinois will play its final midweek game on Tuesday (April 28) at Southern Illinois at 6 p.m. The Illini are a perfect 15-0 in April.
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