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.
The Salukis allowed six runs in the final three innings to drop the series opener to the Bears.
Southern has won seven of its last nine games.
Selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25th round (751st overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft...Second-Team All-MVC as a starting pitcher...A second-year team captain...Began the year as the Saturday starter and returned to his Friday role after the first seven weekends of the season...Set the school record for career starts (49) and innings pitched (346.2)...Finished his career fifth in SIU history with 246 career strikeouts... Led the conference with 101.0 innings pitched...Became the first pitcher in school history to throw 100 or more innings in three different seasons...Tied for the team lead with four wins...Ninth in the Valley with 67 strikeouts on the year...Ranked 10th in the conference with a 3.03 ERA and a .229 opposing batting average...His 2.79 ERA in seven conference starts ranked 8th in the conference...In conference play, ranked fifth in the Valley in opposing batting average (.216) and seventh in strikeouts (35)...Finished his career with a 3.1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio...In the first round of the MVC Tournament, pitched his seventh career complete game in and struck out seven in his final career outing to earn the victory in a 5-1 win over eventual champion Wichita State.
Voted Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference...Spent the entire season as the Friday starter and the anchor of the staff...Led the team with 16 starts, 104.2 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts...Became the first pitcher in program history to throw 100 or more innings in consecutive seasons...Ranked in the top 10 in the MVC in opposing batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts and starts...In seven conference starts, posted a 1.43 ERA and held opponents to a .191 average against...His 54.1 innings pitched in conference games, led the MVC...Recorded three consecutive complete games, including a five-hit shutout of Creighton on 4/21...Twice struck out a career-high 11 batters in a single start...Named MVC Pitcher of the Week on 4/23...Pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out eight to earn the win against Wichita State in the first round of the MVC Tournament.
Named First Team All-MVC, becoming the first Saluki pitcher since 2005 to garner first team accolades...Named the MVC Pitcher of the Week after throwing seven scoreless innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts in a win at No. 28 Creighton on April 23...Finished with a 8-5 record on the year...His 2.35 ERA was the second-lowest among all starting pitchers in the MVC...Finished second in the MVC with 103.1 innings pitched...Lasted six innings or longer in 14 of his 15 starts and the one start that he did go six innings was because he was taken out of the game after being hit on the mound by a line drive in the fourth inning in the MVC Tournament opener against Missouri State...Walked just 11 of the 429 (2.5 percent) batters he faced on the year, which was the fewest among all pitchers in the MVC...Ranked 10th in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings pitched (.96) and he did not walk more than two batters in any of his 15 starts...Became the first Saluki pitcher since 2005 to win six conference games, as he finished with a 6-1 MVC record and 1.59 ERA in league play...Opposing batters hit .259 off him on the season...Allowed just 37 runs and 27 earned on the year...Threw three complete games, including one at No. 7 South Carolina on Feb. 26...Only had two wild pitches on the season...Threw eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win at Memphis en route to being named to the University of Memphis Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team on March 6...Threw a nine-inning complete game in a 4-3 win over Wichita State, April 23.
Appeared in 22 games and made three starts...Had a 2-2 record and a 7.88 ERA...Only pitcher on the staff with three relief appearances that went longer than four innings...Picked up his first career win on March 30 against UT-Martin, when he threw three scoreless innings of relief...His second win of the season was at Southeast Missouri State, April 6.
Prior to SIU: Three-time all-conference pitcher during prep career...As a senior he was named the Semi-State Most Valuable Player and was also an all-district and all-region selection...Posted a 13-1 record on the mound in 2009 with a 0.70 ERA...Also played soccer for three years in high school...Member of the honor roll.
Personal: Full name is Cody Ryan Forsythe...Born Sept. 17, 1990...Majoring in accounting...Son of David and Sandra Forsythe...Has one older sister, Brittany.