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.
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.
Southern Illinois has won a season-best four games in a row entering the series.
Appeared in 38 games and made 32 starts, 24 in left field, four at second base and four at designated hitter...Played in each of SIU's final 30 games of the season...Hit his way into the lineup when he made his first three starts of the season on 3/28-3/30 and drove in a combined four runs...Scored the winning run on 3/29 vs. Eastern Kentucky in the bottom of the 10th in a 4-3 win....Led the team and ninth in the conference with a .345 average in 18 conference games...Led the team and sixth in the MVC in conference games in slugging percentage (.509) and on-base percentage (.448).
Appeared in 31 games and started 21 games...Started 17 games at second base, two games in right field and two games at third base...Started 19 of SIU's first 22 games...Recorded three multi-hit games...Hit .234 with 18 hits and eight RBI...Increased his on-base percentage from 2011 to .355...On 3/2 against Georgia State, recorded four hits including a ninth inning RBI single to give SIU a walk-off win...Appeared in six conference games and made one start.
Played in 53 games, making 47 starts at first base and three at second base...Batted .283 on the season with 56 hits and 27 runs scored...Tied for second on the team with 13 doubles and he had one triple and one home run at No. 7 South Carolina on Feb. 25...Finished with 18 RBIs on the season...His nine sacrifice hits led the team...Was third on the team with 17 multi-hit games and he also had four multi-RBI games...Had six games with three or more hits...Hit safely in nine-straight games from April 8-19 where he batted .390 over that stretch...Scored a career-high three runs and drove in two in a 7-4 win over Dallas Baptist, March 24, when he was 3-for-5...Had five doubles in seven games from April 1-10...His four hits in the three MVC Tournament games tied for the second-most on the team.
Named to the MVC Academic Honor Roll...Played in 20 games, making two starts at third base...Hit .190 on the year with five runs scored...Drew five walks and was hit by one pitch...Went 2-for-2 at the plate with one run scored against Middle Tennessee, March 3.
Prior to SIU: Boasted a .333 average with three home runs and 24 RBI as a junior at Lincoln Community High School...Recorded a .395 batting average with two home runs and 17 RBI as a sophomore...Two-time all-conference honoree in football.
Personal: Full name is Wes Michael Neece...Born Oct. 20, 1990...Majoring in management...Son of Amy and Scott Neece...Has one sister, Abby.