Alex Lesiak takes the mound for SIU
SIU unable to overcome late inning home runs
Southern will look to win the series on Sunday
The Salukis and Fighting Illini will renew their in-state rivalry starting Friday
Southern looks to earn its third win of the season
Named a Louisville Slugger All-American...Selected second-team All-Conference...First Saluki freshman to earn All-MVC first or second team honors since 2007...Led the team with 22 relief appearances, tied for 12th-most in the MVC...Led the team with eight appearances in conference games, all in relief...Led the MVC with a 0.83 ERA and .179 opponents average in conference play...Led the team with a 1.43 overall ERA and .164 opponents average...Threw a career-high 4.1 innings on 4/25 at Illinois State...Recorded a season-high five strikeouts on 4/25 at Illinois State and on 5/22 vs. Wichita State...Put together a team-best 19.1-inning scoreless streak from 3/29 to 4/25.
An All-Conference selection as a junior and senior...Named All-Conference Player of the Year, All-Area and Pioneer Press Second Team as a senior...Posted an 8-2 record and a 1.30 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 54 innings of work as a senior...Hit .341 with two home runs and 20 RBIs as a senior...As a junior, went 5-2 with a 2.60 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched...As a junior, hit .378 with 11 RBIs...Also played one year of football and one year of basketball...
Born on Jan. 31, 1995 in Evanston, Ill....Son of Michael and Pamela Pauly...Father is a firefighter and paramedic, mother is a registered nurse...Has three younger brothers, Connor, Cameron and Kevin.