SIU was swept for the second time in 2013.
Southern Illinois stranded eight runners in scoring position.
The series starts Friday and will be a rematch of the 2012 MVC Tournament's championship game.
Southern has won seven of its last nine games.
The Salukis were one run shy of matching their highest offensive output in school history.
All-MVC honorable mention as a second baseman...Started all 58 games, 45 at second base and 13 at shortstop...A first-year captain...Started every game in the leadoff spot...Started the final 12 games of the season at shortstop...Led the team in at-bats (249), runs (51) and stolen bases (20) and tied for team lead with 79 hits...His 249 at-bats were the second most in school history and two shy of the SIU single-season record...Became the second SIU hitter since 2007 to score 50 runs and the first Saluki to steal 20 bases since 1999...Third in the Valley in runs and stolen bases...His .333 average in conference play ranked 11th in the MVC...On 3/9, hit a game-winning sacrifice fly to give SIU a walk-off win against Northern Illinois...Committed just one error after transitioning to shortstop...Finished the season within striking distance of two of SIU's career records...Ended the year season 85 hits and 213 at-bats away from becoming the school's all-time leader.
Started 55 of SIU's 59 games...Started 22 of SIU's first 25 games at shorstop...Started the last 33 games of the season at second base...Was the SIU leadoff hitter in every game he played...Led the team with 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts, the most stolen bases by a Saluki since 2004...Finished second on the team and fifth in the MVC with 48 runs scored...Seventh in the MVC with 73 hits...His five triples were as many as the rest of the team combined and the most by a Saluki hitter since 2005...His 237 at-bats were fifth most in the MVC...Recorded a career high four hits on March 6 against Middle Tennessee State...Hit his first collegiate home run on April 22 against Creighton and his second homer nine days later at Illinois...Also hit a two-run walk-off double against Creighton on April 22...Recorded 24 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games...Finished the season on a seven-game hitting streak, hitting .433 during the streak...Hit .353 in four games in the MVC Tournament...Scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in SIU's second round MVC Tournament win over Bradley...Following the season, played for the Richmond (Ind.) RiverRats of the Prospect League and was named to the league's post-season all-star team.
Played in 54 games, making 54 starts at shortstop...Batted .256 on the season with 50 hits and 22 runs scored...Had 15 runs driven in...Hit six doubles on the year, including an RBI double in the ninth-inning at No. 28 Creighton to push the April 22 game into extra innings...Tied for the team lead with five stolen bases...Had 32 strikeouts and 21 walks, which was the second most walks on the team...Posted two or more hits in 14 games, including a pair of three-hit games...Had an eight-game hitting streak from March 25-April 9...Batted .397 from March 25-April 22, where he had at least one hit in 15 of 16 games...Drove in two runs against Missouri State, April 16, and at Saint Louis, May 17.
Prior to SIU:Welch led Bernie High School to three district finals, a district championship in 2009 and a 52-18 record in the first three seasons of his prep career...Was a three-time All-District and All-Conference selection and was All-State as a freshman, junior and senior...Hit .571 in 2009 with nine home runs, 40 runs scored and 22 extra-base hits as a junior...Was also a four-year letterwinner in basketball, where he led Bernie High School to two district championships and a state runner up in 2010 with a 28-5 record...Was named Defensive Player of the Year in his basketball conference junior year and All-State as a senior...Finished his high school career among the top 10 in Missouri high school basketball history in career steals and assists.
Personal:Full name is Jacob Thomas Welch...Born on Jan. 29, 1992...Son of John Welch and Jennifer Culpepper...Father is a lawyer and mother works in sales...Has two brothers, Kyle and Ross Gartman...Majoring in criminology and criminal justice.