Southern Illinois stranded eight runners in scoring position.
All three of SIU's hits and and all three of its runs came in the ninth inning.
The series starts Friday and will be a rematch of the 2012 MVC Tournament's championship game.
SIU overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and survived the Skyhawks' three-run seventh inning.
The Salukis overcame a 4-0 first inning hole to avoid a sweep against the first place Bears.
Second-Team All-MVC as a utility player...Selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team...Voted MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week three times (2/27, 3/13, 5/8)...One of 30 national candidates nominated for the Senior CLASS Award in Division I baseball...Named to the MVC Preseason All-Conference Team as a utility player...Started 57 of 58 games for the Salukis...Started 35 games in right field, 13 games in left field, eight games at third base, one game as designated hitter...Finished tied for third in the Valley with a .350 average for the year...Led the conference with 121 total bases...Second in the MVC in doubles (17) and home runs (seven)...Third in the MVC with a .353 slugging percentage and fourth in the conference in hits (79) and runs batted in (46)...Hit .301 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 21 conference games...Tied for the MVC lead with four home runs in conference play...His eight total bases on 4/7 at Evansville were tied for the most in a Missouri Valley Conference game in 2013...Finished his career ranked in the top 10 in SIU history in career at-bats (9th, 774), hits (tied 7th, 252), doubles (tied 4th, 48), RBI (tied 6th, 146) and total bases (tied 7th, 363)...Named to the MVC Honor Roll, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA and 12 credit hours for the spring semester.
First-Team All-MVC as a utility player...Earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honors...Started all 59 games for the Salukis...Started 34 games at third base, 19 games in right field and six as designated hitter...Voted MVC Player of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week on 2/20...Tied a school record by going 6-for-6 on 5/18 vs. IPFW...Drove in a career-high five runs on 2/19 at North Florida...His .332 batting average ranked fifth in the MVC...Second on the team and third in the league with 80 hits and 55 runs driven in...His 241 at-bats were fourth most in the MVC.
Started in all 43 games he played in - 30 as the designated hitter, 10 at first base and one apiece at catcher, third base and right field...Only player on the team to make a start at five different positions...Missed 14 games from March 5-25 due to illness...Batted .291 with 18 RBIs and 23 runs scored...Had 50 hits, including 10 doubles, one triple and two home runs...Finished with 16 multiple-hit games, including five three-hit games...Had a career-high two doubles on May 19 at Indiana State, when he was 3-for-4...Drove in a career-high four runs two days later, when he led the Salukis to a 9-7 win over the Sycamores...Had a nine-game hitting streak from May 13-25...Was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two driven in and one home run at No. 7 South Carolina, Feb. 25...Hit .281 in conference play, which is the highest batting average of any returning player.
Honorable mention All-MVC as a utility player...Named to the MVC Academic Honor Roll...Played in 45 games and made 29 starts at five different positions (14 at third base, five as the DH, five at catcher, three in right field and two at first base)...SIU was 19-10 in games he started...Led all Saluki freshmen with a .319 batting average...Had 27 RBIs and scored 22 runs...Had 43 hits on the year, five doubles and three home runs...Recorded 12 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games...Hit two home runs and had three RBIs in a 13-10 extra-inning victory over Indiana State, April 25...Had three hits in back-to-back games at Wichita State and vs. Illinois, which were his only two three-hit games on the year...Hit one solo home run in that April 11 victory at Wichita State...Scored three runs in two games - at SEMO, April 6, and vs. Indiana State, April 25.
Prior to SIU: Garnered all-conference and all-region accolades as a junior and senior...Also played three years of basketball during prep career and one year of football as a senior...Was an honor roll student and graduated with a 3.96 grade point average.
Personal: Full name is Austin Lee Montgomery...Born in Marion, Ill. on Oct. 13, 1990...Majors in mechanical engineering...Son of Jean and Michael Montgomery.