Southern Illinois stranded eight runners in scoring position.
All three of SIU's hits and and all three of its runs came in the ninth inning.
SIU overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and survived the Skyhawks' three-run seventh inning.
The Salukis overcame a 4-0 first inning hole to avoid a sweep against the first place Bears.
The Salukis were one run shy of matching their highest offensive output in school history.
Prior to SIU:Played one season at Central Arizona, hit .375 with two home runs and 37 RBI as a sophomore in 2012...Began his college career at the University of Northern Colorado...Hit .450 in 23 games, 19 of them starts, with UNC.
High School: Lettered three years for Ralston Valley...Named to the all-conference second team as a sophomore and junior...As a senior, he was named first-team All-Colorado...Was the starting catcher for a state championship winning team as a sophomore and the state runner-up as a senior...Also played one year varsity basketball for the Mustangs, was named all-conference as a senior and named team's defensive MVP.
Personal: Born on April 14, 1992 in Wheat Ridge, Colo....Son of Dave and Corina Jones...Has one older sister, Melissa...Majoring in sport administration.