Chad Whitmer earned his seventh win of the season
Michael Baird and Logan Blackfan both earned first-team honors
Chad Whitmer gets the starting nod on the mound for SIU
A ninth inning rally fell just short for SIU
SIU had eight hits in the game to Bradley's 14
SIU vs. Eastern Illinois; April 12, 2016
Photos from Saturday Feb. 27, 2016's game against Western Illinois
Played in four games with three starts… Had a season-high three hits against Eastern Kentucky on 2/20… Missed the remainder of the season with a broken hand.
Played in 49 games and started 39 games...Started the final 22 games of the season at second base...Moved into the leadoff spot for the final 15 games of the season and hit .255 with eight runs scored during that stretch...Recorded his first career hit on 2/16 with a double at Western Kentucky...Drove in a career-high two runs on 4/15 vs. UT Martin...Recorded a career-high four hits on 5/2 vs. Evansville, which tied for the most by a Saluki in 2014...Second on the team with nine stolen bases in 11 attempts...Committed only four errors, least among SIU middle infielders...Appeared in 17 conference games and made 14 starts...Hit .281 in conference games, second-highest on the team.
A two-time All-Conference selection and led Downers Grove North to the sectional final his senior year...Batted .583 with a .706 on-base percentage in the playoffs...All-State honorable mention in 2013...Helped the Trojans to a 20-15 record as a senior in 2013...Led the team with a .443 average with three home runs, 10 doubles, three triples, 41 runs scored and 20 stolen bases...Selected Player of the Year by the News Progress...Two-time All-Area in the Daily Herald and selected for the East team in the Illinois Coaches Association All-Star Game...As a junior, batted .383...A member of the honor roll and the All-Academic team...Also played golf and basketball.
Born on Aug. 4, 1994 in Hinsdale, Ill....Son of David and Lori Kopack...Father is a crew leader at ComEd and mother is an office manager for a dental office...Has one brother, Corey, and one sister, Haley...Majoring in sports administration.