Southern Illinois stranded eight runners in scoring position.
The series starts Friday and will be a rematch of the 2012 MVC Tournament's championship game.
SIU has won four of its last five midweek games and will try to sweep the season series from the Skyhawks.
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.
Appeared in 57 of SIU's 58 games and made 54 starts, all at first base...Hit .325 in conference games...Hit SIU's first home run of the year and his first Division I home run on 2/22 at Jacksonville State...Recorded 17 multi-hit games...Did not commit an error in his first 40 games...Posted a .994 fielding percentage, the highest of all regular starters on the team...Reached base safely in 28 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Saluki on the year...Hit by a pitch 15 times, which led the MVC and tied with Jerry Hairson Jr. for the second-highest single-season total in school history.
Prior to SIU: Played two seasons at Central Arizona...Helped the Vaqueros to a 40-15 record and an appearance in regionals in 2012...Hit .290 with three home runs, 15 doubles and 42 RBI...Was a member of the dean's list at Central Arizona...Helped the Vaqueros to a NJCAA World Series Runner-Up as a freshman in 2011...Hit .333 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 33 RBI.
High School: Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 40th round following his senior year of high school...Was a first team All-Arizona selection as a junior and a senior...Finished his high school career as the school's all-time leader in hits, home runs, doubles and RBI...Hit .450 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI as a senior, leading the Huskies to a30-8 record and a top four finish...As a junior hit .490 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI as Hamilton High was the state runner-up...Named first team all-conference and all-region as a sophomore, hitting .414 with four home runs and 36 RBI...A member of the 2008 state championship team.
Personal: Full name is Derek Ryan Casillas...Born on March 26, 1992...Majoring in sport administration...Son of Derek and Monica Casillas...Father is a restaurant owner and mother is a client services manager...Has one sister.