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.
SIU's 10 runs were enough to withstand the Governor's five runs in the final two innings.
The Salukis were one run shy of matching their highest offensive output in school history.
SIU recorded a season-best 20 hits to avoid being swept on the road.
Selected second-team All-Conference...Led the team in batting average (.333), hits (70), doubles (17), triples (2), home runs (6), total bases (109), slugging percentage (.519) and on-base percentage (.422)...Finished fifth in the MVC in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage...Ranked sixth in the Valley in hits and tied for fourth in doubles...Tied for sixth in the MVC in home runs and total bases...Second on the team and tied for 10th in the conference with 33 walks...Scored a career-high four runs on 2/18 at Austin Peay...Recorded a career-high two home runs and eight total bases on 5/9 vs. Mississippi Valley State, the most by a Saluki in 2014...Hit a ninth-inning, walk-off double on 3/18 against Eastern Illinois...In conference play, hit .342 and led the MVC with nine doubles.
Appeared in 55 of SIU's 58 games and made 54 starts, 50 at third base and four as the designated hitter...Third on the team and 12th in the MVC with a .329 average in conference games...Hit his first Division I home run, a grand slam, and drove in six total runs at Southeast Missouri State on 4/9...His six-RBI game against SEMO was the highest single-game total by a Saluki on the year...Recorded 15 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games...Tied for the team lead with 28 walks.
Prior to SIU
Played two years at Southwestern Illinois College...Hit .389 with seven home runs, 22 doubles, five triples, 45 RBI and 17 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2012...Named all-conference, and all-region first team in 2012...As a freshman at SWIC in 2011, hit .348 with six home runs and 29 RBI...Graduated from Granite City High School, where he played varsity baseball and basketball...Helped lead the Warriors to a regional championship as a senior in 2010...Named all-conference and all-area in 2009 and 2010...Hit .306 with six home runs and 34 RBI his senior season and played in the Illinois-Missouri All-Star Game...As a high school junior, hit .436 with five homers and 32 RBI and also pitched a perfect game.
Born in Granite City, Ill. on July 28, 1992...Majoring in criminal justice...Son of Rick and Meghan Daily...Father is an electrician and mother is a case worker...Has a younger brother, Jake, and a younger sister, Abbie...Hobbies include hunting and fishing.