SIU overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and survived the Skyhawks' three-run seventh inning.
The Salukis allowed six runs in the final three innings to drop the series opener to the Bears.
SIU recorded a season-best 20 hits to avoid being swept on the road.
Southern Illinois held three different leads before surrendering two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
SIU snaps seven-game losing streak
All-MVC honorable mention as a relief pitcher...Selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team...Filled the role of the set-up man...Led the team and third in the conference with 27 appearances and only allowed a run in four of those appearances and a hit in 10 of those games...Tops on the team with a 1.67 ERA and an opposing batting average of .174...Appeared in 11 conference games and had a 1.46 ERA in MVC contests...From 3/3-5/5, allowed just one run in 18.1 relief innings...Finished the regular season with a 1.04 ERA, allowing just one run in his final 12 regular season appearances, stretching 14.1 innings...Named to the MVC Honor Roll, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA and 12 credit hours for the spring semester.
Voted an MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention...Earned the MVC's Elite 18 Award, awarded annually to the baseball student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing in the title game of the MVC Tournament...Tied with Matt Murphy for the team lead and tied for eighth in the MVC with 28 appearances...Used in short relief and in a set-up role...Made two appearances of two innings or more...His 23 strikeouts were second most on the team among pitchers who did not make a start...Earned three wins, tied for Todd Eaton for most among SIU relievers...Earned a save against Jacksonville State on 3/10 to give him nine for his career, seventh most in school history...Finished the season with 50 career appearances, tied with Aaron Snyder for second most among active Saluki pitchers behind Cody Forsythe (53)...Posted a 3.48 ERA in his last 11 games.
Named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Baseball Team as a relief pitcher...Appeared in a team-high 22 games, all in relief...Finished with a 1-2 record and 3.41 ERA...His eight saves tied for the fourth-most in the MVC and the second-most ever by a Saluki freshman...Five of his eight saves came in MVC play, which tied for the third-most in the conference...Held opposing batters to a .250 batting average...Had 24 strikeouts against 12 walks...Gave up 19 runs (11 earned) in 29.0 innings pitched...Recorded his first career save on March 5 against Oral Roberts by throwing three scoreless innings and striking out five of the 11 batters he faced...Was named to the University of Memphis Baseball Classic All-Tournament team for his performance against the Owls...Did not allow a hit in seven of his 22 appearances and did not allow a run 11 times.
Prior to SIU: Composed a 3-3 record on the mound in seven starts with a 3.22 ERA in 2009 at Boylan Catholic High School...Threw 37 innings and struck out 48 batters while walking 22...Had one complete game and one save in 2009.
Personal:Full name is Tyler Evan Dray...Born on June 19, 1992...Son of Joe and Tammy Dray...Father works in construction and mother is a factory worker...Has two sisters, Cassie and Trisha...Majoring in accounting and finished the fall semester with a 3.914 GPA.