The Salukis (9-14, 0-3 MVC) lost the first game 1-0 in 11 innings and lost the second game 8-4 after leading 4-2 in the eighth.
The three-game series will start Friday at 2 p.m. Central Time.
Southern Illinois could not overcome an eight-run deficit despite a four-run ninth inning rally.
The loss breaks the Salukis' three-game home winning streak.
SIU shut out the Blue Raiders for the final six innings of the game.
Appeared in 39 games and made 15 starts, seven in center field, seven in right field, one in left field...Hit 3-for-12 as a pinch hitter...Recorded two multi-hit games...Entered eight games as a defensive replacement...Recorded a pinch-hit single in his final collegiate at-bat...Named to the MVC Honor Roll, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA and 12 credit hours for the spring semester.
Played in 38 games and made 30 starts...Started 22 games in right field, seven games in centerfield and one game in left field...Hit a career-high five home runs...Hit two doubles and drove in 16 runs...Homered in all three games of the Brighthouse Invitational hosted by Stetson from 3/2-3/4...All five of his home runs came in a 12-game stretch...Committed just one error for a .986 fielding percentage...Recorded five multi-hit games...Matched a career high with four hits and drove in a season-high three runs on 4/13 at Dallas Baptist...Drew a career-high three walks on 4/28 at Missouri State...Missed the MVC Tournament after hyperextending his knee running out a ground ball in the final series of the regular season.
Played in 54 games and started 52 games - 40 in right field, seven in left field, four in center field and one as the designated hitter...Batted .271 with 51 hits and 24 runs scored... Was second on the team with 38 RBIs and four home runs...Had eight doubles and two triples... Hit a pinch-hit grand slam at Kennesaw State, April 3...Had six sacrifice bunts and four sacrifice flies...Had 13 multiple-hit games, including one three-hit game on May 14 against Illinois State when he had one of his two four-RBI games...Was second on the team with 11 multiple-RBI games...Had a three-run double in SIU's 5-1 victory over Bradley in the MVC Tournament, May 25...Was the first player to ever triple in TD Ameritrade Park, the new home of the College World Series, and was the first opposing player to homer in the new park.
Named to the MVC Academic Honor Roll...Played in 53 games and made 48 starts - 41 in left field, five in right field and two as the designated hitter...Batted .309 as a freshman with 59 hits, eight doubles and two home runs...Tied for the team lead with two triples...Had 22 RBIs and scored 37 runs...Was 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts...Had two or more hits in 14 games, which included a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate against SIU-Edwardsville, May 2...Had four multiple-RBI games...Hit safely in each of the first 12 games he played in to start his career, and that was the second longest hitting streak from any Saluki in 2010...Went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a season-high three driven in during a 18-15 win at Jacksonville State, Feb. 28...Was also 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored against Purdue, March 6...Hit two home runs on the season - the first vs. Purdue, March 5, and the second at Eastern Illinois, April 28...Drove in the game-winning run on a RBI in the 11th inning at Jacksonville State, Feb. 26. Prior to SIU: Named to the All-State team as a senior in 2009...Garnered All-Metro team accolades as a junior and a senior and was named All-Conference three times during prep career...Hit .413 as a senior with seven home runs...Played two seasons on both the basketball and football teams...Four-year honor roll student.
Personal: Full name is Nick Samuel Johnson...Pre-Med major...Born Oct. 23, 1990...Son of Steve and Mary Johnson...Has one older brother, Jay.