Southern was limited to two hits in the loss
Southern got within two of the Illini, but the late inning rally fell short
Southern looks to add to their win total this weekend
AN early seven run deficit was too much for SIU to battle back from
It was Southern's first series win against the Redbirds since 2009.
Made three relief appearances before being shut down for the year and having Tommy John surgery...Did not allow a hit on the season...Struck out a season-high three batters on 2/18 at Austin Peay.
Made 20 appearances, all of them out of the bullpen... Recorded a career-high four strikeouts on at Southeast Missouri State on 4/9...Pitched a career-high 3.1 innings on 4/13 against Missouri State...Recorded his first collegiate win with two scoreless innings at Bradley on 5/12... Made one appearance in the MVC Tournament, pitching 0.2 innings against Wichita State...Never allowed more than two hits in an outing...Received the league's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the previous two semesters and a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
Prior to SIU:Was named all-area and all-conference as a senior at Monticello...Posted a 7-3 record with a 1.96 ERA and 155 strikeouts as a senior...Set the school record for single game, single season and career strikeouts...Was an Under Armour Preseason All-American entering his junior season but suffered an injury prior to his first game...As a sophomore in 2010, went 7-1 with a 0.74 ERA and 124 strikeouts and was an All-Okaw Valley Conference selection...Was a football captain his junior and senior seasons and also played basketball for the Sages...Was a five-time member of the honor roll, vice president of the Spanish club and a member of Future Farmers of America.
Personal: Full name is Jacob Richard Roy Williams...Born April 7, 1993 in Champaign, Ill....Majoring in agriculture and business management...Son of Jim Williams and Pam Williams, who are both farmers...Has two sisters.