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.
Started all 58 games, 40 at catcher and 18 as designated hitter...Started behind the plate for 18 of SIU's 21 conference games...Ranked 10th in the Valley with 72 hits...Tied for sixth in the MVC in RBI (42) and doubles (15)...Fifth in the conference with 232 at-bats...Second on the team with four home runs and a .435 slugging percentage...Named MVC Player of the Week on 2/25...Drove in five runs in consecutive games on 2/22 and 2/23 at Jacksonville State...Recorded 20 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games...Recorded a 10-game hitting streak from 3/6-3/19...Began his Saluki career by hitting .369 in first 20 games of the season.
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.