Southern had four hits through the first eight innings
Salukis earn first win against the Redbirds since 2011
Parker Osborne had a career-high four hits in the game
This will be the first meeting between the two schools
SIU rallied to tie the game in the ninth, but fell short against the Racers
Played in 44 games and made 30 starts...Started 21 games in right field, eight as catcher and one as designated hitter...Started 13 conference games in right field and two as catcher...Recorded five multi-hit games...Recorded a career-high three hits on 4/11 vs. Indiana State...His first career hit was an 11th-inning, game-winning RBI single against Nicholls State on 2/22...Threw out 1 of 10 potential base stealers...Recorded two successful sacrifice bunts on 4/25 at Illinois State...Went 3 for 10 as a pinch hitter.
Helped Thunder Ridge to a 21-5 record the 2013 5A State Championship...As a senior, hit .610 with a pair of home runs and 41 RBIs...As a junior, hit .383...Captain of the football team that advanced to the state semifinals...Received the Thunder Ridge Leadership Award.
Born on April 11, 1995 in Littleon, Colo....Son of Mike and Ellen Hand...Father is an operations manager, mother is a medical assistant...Has two brothers, Jon and Kevin...Majoring in exercise science.