Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
SIU overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and survived the Skyhawks' three-run seventh inning.
SIU committed a season-high five errors, and Missouri State capitalized, scoring four runs or more in three separate innings.
Southern Illinois held three different leads before surrendering two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Ryan Rosthenhausler's 10th-inning RBI single gave SIU its second walk-off win of the season.
May 16, 2013
March 29, 2013
Named an MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention...Second on the team with 20 relief appearances...Tied for second on the team with seven appearances in conference games...Finished his career ninth in school history with 76 career appearances...Began the season with 10.2-innings before allowing an earned run...Set single-season bests with a 2.33 ERA and .212 opponents' average...Threw a season-high 3.0 innings three different times...Struck out a season-high three batters on 5/17 at Dallas Baptist...Received the James Mundo Spirit Award.
Made 20 appearances, all of them in relief...Did not allow a run in his first four regular season appearances and his last four regular season appearances...Pitched a season-high 3.0 innings and allowed one run to pick up the win against Eastern Kentucky on 3/29...Struck out a season-high three batters on two occasions...Pitched more than an inning in five of his 20 appearances...Named to the MVC Honor Roll, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA and 12 credit hours for the spring semester.
Missed the first seven weeks of the season rehabbing from shoulder surgery...Made his first appearance on April 13 at Dallas Baptist, throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout...Threw a total of 7.1 innings in seven relief appearances...Did not record any decisions...Allowed just one earned run in his first four appearances...Pitched a season-high 2.2 innings against Saint Louis.
Redshirted after undergoing surgery on his shoulder in early January.
Weld's 29 appearances were the second most on the team and the second most by a freshman in the Missouri Valley Conference...Led the team with five victories and posted a 5-4 record...Finished the year with a 5.68 ERA with a team-leading 57 strikeouts against 22 walks...Threw 58.2 innings, which was the second-most on the team...Recorded two saves...His first four appearances were games he started, and he then moved into the set-up role in the Saluki bullpen...His 12 appearances in MVC games led the team and was the fifth-most among all Valley pitchers...Picked up his first career win by throwing 4.2 scoreless innings of relief against Northern Illinois, March 20... Picked up his first career save against Bradley, April 3...Had a season-high five strikeouts in three innings during a 9-5 win at Wichita State, April 11...Recorded the save in SIU's 3-2 win at Illinois, May 4, by striking out three batters in the final two innings...Had four or more strikeouts in five of his appearances...Did not allow a single earned run in 15 of his 25 relief appearances and had seven-straight relief appearances from April 18-May 4 without allowing an earned run.
Prior to SIU: Three-time all-conference selection at Fieldcrest High School...Posted a 30-3 record on the mound in high school career...Garnered first team all-state accolades as a senior in 2009...Was the 2009 Times Player of the Year...McDonalds All-Star and Pantagraph Senior All-Star in 2009...Led high school team to the sectional finals as a senior where we went 8-2 on the mound with a 0.86 ERA and struck out 107 batters...Hit .475 in 2009, scored 42 runs and drove in 21...Had 21 extra base hits in senior season with seven home runs...Went 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA and two saves in 60 innings of work as a junior...Hit .342 with five doubles, three triples a home run and nine stolen bases.
Personal: Full name is Lee Donald Weld...Born Sept. 18, 1990 in Streator, Ill. ...Majoring in recreation...Son of Marcia and Michael Weld.