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    Feb. 20, 2014

    Carmel Inn Showdown, Hosted by Nicholls State
     Tournament Page Tournament Central
     Date Friday, Feb. 21-Sunday, Feb. 23
     Time Fri. - 3 p.m., Sat. - 6:30 p.m., Sun. - 12 p.m.
     Location Ray E. Didier Field - Thibodaux, La. 
     Game 1
    SIU: RHP Sam Coonrod (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
    WIU: RHP Tom Constand (NR)
     Game 2
    SIU: RHP Todd Eaton (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
    LHP Grant Borne (0-1, 7.36 ERA) 
     Game 3
    ULM: TBA
    LHP Aaron Hauge (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
     Audio Game 1 | Game 2
     Video Game 2
     Game Notes Southern Illinois Get Acrobat Reader | Western Illinois Get Acrobat Reader | ULM Get Acrobat ReaderMVC Get Acrobat Reader
     Live Stats Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
     Season Stats Southern Illinois | Western Illinois | Nicholls State | ULMMVC
     Social Media @SIU_Baseball  | @SIU_Baseball  | Saluki Athletics 

    FRIDAY’S STARTER Sam Coonrod will make his second start of the year and his 27th career start. It is his eighth career series-opening start. Last Saturday on Opening Day, he allowed two runs in the first inning, then retired seven of the last nine hitters he faced, leaving after three and a third innings of work.

    WESTERN ILLINOIS SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads Western Illinois series, 29-10, all-time in a series that dates back to 1948. The two teams have not played each other since 2001 when SIU swept a two-game series in Carbondale. Southern enters the weekend with an 11-game winning streak against WIU. The Leathernecks last win over the Salukis was in the 1965 Mideast Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

    NICHOLLS STATE SERIES NOTES Nicholls State leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Colonels swept a two-game series from SIU in 1960, and the Salukis defeated Nicholls State in an opening weekend tournament hosted by Louisiana Tech in 2011. It was Ken Henderson’s second career win as head coach at SIU.

    LOUISIANA MONROE SERIES NOTES Louisiana Monroe leads the all-time series, 2-1. The only meeting was a three-game series to open the 2002 season in Monroe, La. The Warhawks took the first two games, and the Salukis won the third.

    PUNCHOUTS On Tuesday, Southern Illinois pitchers struck out 16 Austin Peay hitters in a 14-4 victory over the Governors. That was the highest strikeout total by a Saluki pitching staff since the Dawgs rung up 19 Ks against Chicago State in 2005.

    BREAKING OUT After scoring eight runs off 20 hits for a .204 batting average in its season-opening series at Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois tallied 14 runs off 12 hits and drew a season-high five walks in Tuesday’s win at Austin Peay. 

    SATURDAY, SUNDAY STARTERS On Saturday, Todd Eaton will make his second start of the season and his fifth career start. The converted closer is second on SIU’s all-time list with 19 career saves. Last Saturday, in his season debut, Eaton allowed five runs off seven hits in five innings and took the loss at Western Kentucky. He allowed three solo home runs. Junior Aaron Hauge will make his second career start for SIU. Last Sunday, he took the loss at Western Kentucky. He allowed five runs and five hits, but only two of those runs were earned.

    EFFECTIVE RELIEF In 20 innings of work this season, SIU’s bullpen has allowed only two earned runs and three total runs. The Dawgs’ relievers began the season by allowing a single hit in 5.2 scoreless frames on Opening Day. Southern has used nine relief pitchers, four of which are true freshman, in the first four games of the season. 

    DUSCHINSKY’S HOT START Senior outfielder Donny Duschinsky has a team-leading two home runs and six RBIs in his first four games of 2014. He hit a two-run home run on Saturday at Western Kentucky and a three-run homer on Tuesday, which put the Salukis on top for good at Austin Peay. Duschinsky did not hit a home run in 2013, and he is already approaching his RBI total of nine from last year. Over the last three years, he is hitting .300 in nonconference games.

    OFF AND RUNNING After not attempting a stolen base in the first three games of the season, Southern swiped two bags in two attempts on Tuesday at Austin Peay. Parker Osborne stole his first base as a Saluki and Jake Welch stole his 42nd career base, which puts him 12 away from joining the Salukis’ career top 10 list.

    WELCH APPROACHING RECORDS Jake Welch is within striking distance of becoming SIU’s all-time leader in career hits and at-bats. The Saluki leadoff hitter has 204 career hits. That puts him 82 hits shy of SIU’s hit king, Joe Schley, who was inducted into the Saluki Hall of Fame earlier this month. Welch set a career high with 79 hits in 2013. Welch’s 698 career at-bats puts him 195 at-bats behind SIU’s all-time leader, Kevin Koski, who had 893 at-bats in his career.Welch had 249 at-bats in 2013, which is the second-highest single-season total in school history.

    NEW HOME Southern Illinois will play its home games at new Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium. The facility is being named in honor of SIU’s all-time winningest coach thanks to a $4 million renovation at the site of Abe Martin Field. SIU is scheduled to open the new facility with a three-game series against Northern Illinois Feb. 28-March 2. The stadium features a new AstroTurf playing surface, the installation of stadium lights and new dugouts along with a new press box, seating bowl and concession area.

    LOOKING AHEAD On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Southern Illinois will travel to UT Martin for a midweek game starting at 2 p.m. SIU will host Northern Illinois for a three-game series at brand new Itchy Jones Stadium. The series begins on Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. The Dawgs will then head back to the road for the next five games, facing Belmont for one game, South Alabama for three games and Mississippi State for one game.