Loyola baseball alums closing out college careers this year: Jacob Frank (Class of 2015), Mikey Rivera (Class of 2015) and Jack Yalowitz (Class of 2015) all have started their senior seasons for their respective programs. Frank is a first baseman at Concordia University in River Forest. Rivera is a pitcher at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and Yalowitz is an outfielder at University of Illinois.
After a record-setting junior season, Rivera (pictured above) returns to anchor the bullpen, seeking to solidify his status as one of the all-time best relievers for the Big Red.
Last year, Rivera set program records in appearances (28) and ERA (2.13) with at least 50 innings pitched. His eight saves tied a single-season record. He struck out 67 in 63 1/3 innings and went 3-1. Rivera was named to D3baseball.com’s All-Mideast Region second team and was selected to the all-NCAC first team.
A contributor since he arrived on campus, the Chicago native enters his senior season tied for third in career appearances (58) and saves (10) and fifth all-time in ERA (3.82).
Yalowitz is looking to return to the form of his sophomore season when he earned all-Big Ten honors. He’s off to a good start. Yalowitz was named the conference’s player of the week after hitting .583 with two home runs and six RBIs.
Yalowitz, who made 155 starts in his first three years, is the conference’s 40th-ranked MLB prospect by D1Baseball.com and the country’s 29th-ranked senior player by Perfect Game.
Meanwhile, Frank, who grew up in Chicago, has been in the starting lineup to start the season. As a junior, he played in 34 games and made 12 starts for the Cougars, a Division III program.
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