The Salukis overcame a 4-0 first inning hole to avoid a sweep against the first place Bears.
The Salukis allowed six runs in the final three innings to drop the series opener to the Bears.
SIU's 10 runs were enough to withstand the Governor's five runs in the final two innings.
The Salukis were one run shy of matching their highest offensive output in school history.
Southern will travel to Southeast Missouri State for Tuesday's game then open a five-game homestand against Austin Peay on Wednesday.
Appeared in 38 games and made 32 starts, 18 at catcher and 14 as the designated hitter...Recorded a career-high four hits and drove in a career-high four runs on 2/19 at UT Martin...Recorded a 10-game hitting streak from 3/28-4/14...Hit .357 through his first 22 games of the season...Recorded seven multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games...Mad 15 conference starts, 13 as DH and two as catcher.
Appeared in 20 games and made 17 starts, all at catcher...Hit five doubles and drove in nine runs...Hit .292 with a .443 on-base percentage, second highest on the team...Was the only player on the team with more walks than strikeouts...Recorded three multi-hit games...Threw out seven of 34 (20.6%) attempted base stealers...Went 4-for-4 and scored three runs in SIU's 11-8 win over No. 19 Stetson on 3/3...Made three conference starts...Hit .317 in non-conference games...Hit .313 in the final five weeks of the season...Did not appear in the MVC Tournament.
Prior to SIU: Played two varsity seasons in high school with the Cary Grove Trojans and two seasons at Heartland Community College with the Hawks...At Cary Grove he was twice named to the All-Conference team, and his senior year he was also named the Team MVP and to the All-Area and Region First Teams as the Trojans went on to a fourth place finish in the state tournament...In two varsity seasons, Mottashed batted .406, had an OBP of .530, slugged .586 and had 55 total RBI...At Heartland, Mottashed played in two NJCAA DII Region 24 Tournaments, including the 2011 team that went on to win the Region 24 tournament and end the season ranked number one in the nation...That season the Hawks went 54-11, with Mottashed starting 41 games and contributing a .386 batting average with six HRs, 46 RBI and a total slugging percentage of .636.
Personal:Full name is Lucas D. Mottashed...Born January 4, 1991, in Hoffman Estates, Ill....Son of Dave and Debbie Mottashed...Has two brothers, Rees and Ben...Majoring in History.