SIU was swept for the second time in 2013.
The series starts Friday and will be a rematch of the 2012 MVC Tournament's championship game.
The Salukis overcame a 4-0 first inning hole to avoid a sweep against the first place Bears.
Southern has won seven of its last nine games.
SIU recorded a season-best 20 hits to avoid being swept on the road.
Made 15 starts, all of them in weekend contests...Threw 79.2 innings, 10th most in the MVC...Recorded 68 strikeouts, eighth most in the conference...Recorded at least seven strikeouts in five of his 15 starts...Was SIU's Friday starter for the first seven weeks of the season...Struck out a career-high nine batters on 3/22 at Indiana State...Lasted 5.0 innings or more in 10 of his 15 starts...Posted a 3-2 record and a 3.51 ERA in his first nine starts...Lost his last four decisions...Pitched at least 7.0 innings in four of his starts and tossed a career-high 7.1 innings on 3/28 against Eastern Kentucky...Led the team with 68 strikeouts and second on the team with 79.2 innings pitched...Started SIU's second game of the MVC Tournament and allowed one earned run in 6.0 innings against Indiana State but took the loss...Received the league's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the previous two semesters and a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
Made 10 starts and eight relief appearances...Began his collegiate career with 11.1 consecutive scoreless innings...Earned his first collegiate win on 2/18 at North Florida in his first collegiate appearance...Only allowed a run in one of his eight relief appearances...His last eight appearances were starts...Recorded a career-high seven strikeouts against NIU on 3/17 and again against Missouri State on 5/24...Held Dallas Baptist to two runs off five hits in 6.0 innings on 4/14...Allowed one run off two hits and struck out seven in SIU's win over Missouri State on 5/24 to advance to the MVC title game...His 64.0 innings were fourth most on the team and his 54 strikeouts were third highest on the team...Posted a 2-0 record and a 1.75 ERA in 11 non-conference games.
Prior to SIU: A three sport athlete at Carrollton, he was all-conference and all-area in baseball, basketball and football...Led the Hawks to a 33-1-1 record and the 2011 state title in baseball...Hit .435 and posted a 12-0 record with a 1.34 ERA as a senior...In his four years, helped the team to a 108-27-1 overall record...Named all-conference four years and a State Journal-Register all-area selection three years...As a senior, was named Player of the Year by the State Journal-Register, the Alton Telegraph and the Jacksonville Journal as well as earning all-state honors...A member of National Honor Society, he was a Silver Medallion Award winner with a 3.94 ERA.
Personal: Full name is Samuel Timothy Coonrod...Born on Sept. 22, 1992 in St. Louis...Son of Tim Coonrod, a warehouse worker, and Karen Coonrod, a counselor...Majoring in accounting and finished the fall semester with a 3.775 cumulative GPA.