P.J. Finigan
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    P.J. Finigan

    Hometown:
    Springfield, Ill.

    Position:
    Assistant Coach

    Experience:
    4th Year

    Alma Mater:
    Southern Illinois (2005)


    05/21/2012

    Baseball opens MVC Tournament Tuesday against Wichita State

    SIU will play either Missouri State or Bradley on Wednesday in the second round of the double-elimination tournament.

    05/21/2012

    Registration now available for Saluki Baseball Camp

    The camp will run from June 11-14 at Abe Martin Field.

    05/16/2012

    Baseball at home against IPFW for final regular season series

    This weekend SIU will find out its seed for next week's MVC Tournament.

    05/14/2012

    Baseball clashes with Saint Louis Tuesday

    SIU has won eight of its last 10 against the Billikens.

    04/23/2012

    Cody Forsythe named MVC Pitcher of the Week

    The junior tossed a nine-inning, complete game, five-hit shutout on Saturday against Creighton.

    02/17/2014

    Baseball vs. Western Kentucky 2/16/14

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    One of the best players in program history, P.J. Finigan enters his fourth season as pitching coach at SIU. In 2014 he will work with a veteran staff that includes 11 returning pitchers, eight of which are juniors or seniors.

    An infielder/pitcher for the Salukis from 2002-05, Finigan was the 2005 Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. He helped the Salukis to three 30-win seasons before he spent four seasons as a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization.

    In Finigan's three years as pitching coach, Saluki pitchers have earned seven All-Missouri Valley Conference selections. In 2013, both right-handed reliever Todd Eaton and left-handed starter Cody Forsythe earned second-team honors. In addition, left-handed reliever Tyler Dray earned an All-MVC honorable mention.

    Finigan was instrumental in the development of Forsythe, a three-time All-Conference selection who finished his career in 2013 as SIU's all-time leader in games started and innings pitched. Forsythe posted an 11-7 record and a 1.95 ERA in 21 conference starts over his last three seasons.

    Under Finigan's tutelage, Eaton has saved nine games in each of the past two seasons, which ties for fifth most by a Saluki in a single season. Eaton enters the season second all-time in school history with 19 saves.

    The 2012 squad issued the second fewest walks among Valley schools in conference games, a total of 58 walks and an average of fewer than three per nine innings. In addition, the Salukis' staff struck out 409 batters, the highest SIU total since 2005 and the third most in school history.

    In 2011, his first season as pitching coach, Finigan's impact was felt immediately. Working with just one senior and 10 freshmen or sophomores on the 11-man pitching staff, which was the third smallest in the nation, Finigan held the unit together and saw the staff lower its ERA from 6.62 in 2010 to 4.53 in his first season.

    In Finigan's first season as pitching coach, the Salukis issued 173 walks, the lowest total in the Missouri Valley Conference and the lowest total by an SIU team since 2007. The Salukis also recorded 14 saves, the third most in school history, despite season-ending injuries to key relievers. Dray stepped into the closer's role and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, an award that Finigan won in 2002.

    Following his senior season at SIU, Finigan was selected by the Tigers in the seventh round (210th overall) in the 2005 draft. Finigan was the first pitcher of his draft class to reach double-A, doing so in 2006. He remained there until 2007, when he went on the disabled list for two seasons. Injuries to his elbow and three surgeries, including two Tommy John surgeries, forced him to retire from playing.

    In 2005 Finigan led the MVC with a .386 batting average. He also had 48 RBIs, four triples and six home runs that year. However, he did his real damage on the mound, posting a 9-3 record with a 3.24 ERA. Finigan's four complete games that year are the second most by a Saluki since 1991. That season he also struck out 107 batters in 105 innings pitched and finished his career with a 12-5 record.

    Finigan played in 218 games, the fifth-most by a Saluki in program history. He also ranks fifth at SIU in career at-bats (837), eighth in doubles (47) and triples (13), ninth in hits (251) and 10th in RBIs (135).

    A Springfield native, he and his wife, Courtney, were married in the fall of 2010. They welcomed the birth of their first son in May 2013 and currently reside in Energy, Ill.

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