Southern Illinois held three different leads before surrendering two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Salukis (9-14, 0-3 MVC) lost the first game 1-0 in 11 innings and lost the second game 8-4 after leading 4-2 in the eighth.
Southern Illinois could not overcome an eight-run deficit despite a four-run ninth inning rally.
SIU brought the tying run to the plate in each of the last three innings but couldn't overcome an earlyl two-run deficit.
The Salukis finished their first series sweep of the season by taking both halves of Saturday's doubleheader.
Appeared in 38 games and started 24 games, 20 in left field and four as the designated hitter...Hit 3-for-12 as a pinch hitter...Recorded six multi-hit games...Started all three games of the MVC Tournament...Recorded two hits and two walks in SIU's first-round victory over Wichita State...Named to the MVC Honor Roll, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA and 12 credit hours for the spring semester.
Voted Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference...Earned MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention...Played in 52 games, starting 38 as DH and starting eight at second base...Hit .286 overall with eight doubles, a home run and 20 RBI...Hit .347 through the first 40 games of the season...In 20 conference games, hit .355 with 27 hits, both ranked fifth highest in the MVC...Was the toughest player on the team to strike out, averaging one strikeout every 10.1 at-bats...Recorded a season-high four hits and four RBI on 3/31 at Wichita State...Hit an eighth-inning, game-tying home run against Creighton on 4/21 as SIU went on to a walk-off 7-6 win...Had 17 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games.
Played in 55 games, making 50 starts at second base and two as the designated hitter...Hit .282 on the year with 24 RBIs...Was second on the team with 61 hits and 36 runs scored...Had 12 doubles, a triple and one home run on the season...Had 16 multi-hit games, including a team-best seven games with three or more hits...Had six multi-RBI games, including a career-high four runs driven in on May 17 at Saint Louis, when he also posted a personal-best five hits...His 12-game hitting streak from March 16-April 6 was the longest of any Saluki in 2011...Struck out just 21 times in 216 at-bats, which was the fewest of any player that started over 30 games...Scored two runs in eight games, including five in conference play.
Named to the MVC Academic Honor Roll...Played in 42 games and made 17 starts as the designated hitter, 11 at second base and two at third base...Hit .287 on the year with five doubles and 19 RBIs...Hit a team-best .350 in MVC play...Tied for the team lead with two triples, one of which came in his first collegiate game...Only struck out 14 times in 115 at-bats...Had 10 multiple-hit games, four multi-RBI games and hit safely in six-straight games from March 14-27...Was 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs against Bradley, April 4, when his walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 15th inning won the game for the Salukis...Scored a season-high three runs at UT-Martin on March 23 when he was 3-for-5 at the plate.
Prior to SIU: Garnered all-state and all-conference accolades as a senior...Hit .470 in 2009 with 10 home runs...Played in Illinois Coaches Association All-Star game in Peoria...Selected to the St. Journal Register All-Star team...First-team all-conference pick who hit .417 with 42 runs scored, eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 41 RBI as a junior.
Personal: Born July 24, 1990...Majors in accounting...Son of Cathy and Andy Harding.
|Wednesday, May 4|
|Baseball||Champaign, Ill.||3:30 PM|
|Friday, May 6|
|Baseball||Springfield, Mo.||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, May 7|
|Baseball||Springfield, Mo.||2:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 8|
|Baseball||Springfield, Mo.||1:00 PM|
|Friday, May 13|
|Baseball||Evansville, Ind.||6:00 PM|
|Saturday, May 14|
|Baseball||Evansville, Ind.||2:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 15|
|Baseball||Evansville, Ind.||1:00 PM|
|Tuesday, May 17|
|Baseball||Sauget, Ill.||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, May 19|
|Baseball||Carbondale, Ill.||6:30 PM|
|Friday, May 20|
|Baseball||Carbondale, Ill.||6:30 PM|