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Illinois closer Garrett Acton was named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-America second team, the publication announced Thursday. Acton leads the nation with 19 saves. 

 

Acton is Illinois' sixth All-American in the last five years, joining Tyler Jay (2015), Kevin Duchene (2015), David Kerian (2015), Cody Sedlock (2016) and Bren Spillane (2018). He set the Illinois and Big Ten record with his 19 saves, while owning a 2.23 ERA and .121 batting average against in 32 1/3 innings, on his way to All-Big Ten first team honors. 

 

Acton's 19 saves are two more than the next closest in the nation (Andrew Gross, UT Arlington) and three more than any player in the NCAA Tournament (Holden Powell, UCLA). 

 

The closer has also been impressive in the classroom, earning the Junior GPA Award for the highest GPA of all junior student-athletes at Illinois. 

 

Acton looks to add to his record-setting season this weekend at the Oxford Regional, where Illinois will take on Clemson in the NCAA Tournament opener Friday. The game will be aired live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. CT. 

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