Streaking Salukis travel to UT Martin for Tuesday nonconference game

    Connor McFadden will make his second career start for the Salukis.

    Connor McFadden will make his second career start for the Salukis.
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    Feb. 24, 2014

    Southern Illinois Salukis (4-2) vs. UT Martin Skyhawks (1-6)
     Date Tuesday, Feb. 25
     Time 2 p.m. Central Time
     Location Skyhawk Field - Martin, Tenn. 
    SIU: RHP Connor McFadden (0-0, 18.00 ERA)
    WIU: RHP Alex Boshers (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
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     All-Time Series Southern Illinois leads, 27-8
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will look to extend its three-game winning streak as the Salukis (4-2) take to the road once again to face the UT Martin Skyhawks (1-6) for a nonconference game. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Central Time.

    TUESDAY’S STARTER Redshirt freshman Connor McFadden will make his second start of the year. Last Tuesday at Austin Peay, he made his collegiate debut and allowed four runs off two hits and four walks in two-plus inning of work. In his first two innings of work, he allowed two runs off two hits and two walks and struck out four. He left the game after walking the first three batters of the third.

    UT MARTIN SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads the all-time series by a 27-8 margin. The two teams have played a two-game home-and-home season series annually since 2005. SIU is 13-5 against the Skyhawks since 2005 and holds a 5-4 edge in games played in Martin during that stretch. The Salukis swept the season series last year and have won three in a row against UT Martin. 

    SCOUTING THE SKYHAWKS UT Martin started the season with six consecutive losses before breaking the slide with a 5-3 win over Eastern Michigan on Sunday. Tuesday’s game will be UTM’s home opener after the three-game series against EMU was moved to Belmont’s E.S. Rose Park in Nashville due to unplayable conditions at Skyhawk Field. Martin is last in the 11-team Ohio Valley Conference with a .186 team batting average. After not appearing in any of the first three games of the season, Ben Upton leads the team with a .545 average in four games. He went three-for-four in Sunday’s win. The Skyhawks are sixth in the OVC with a 6.14 team ERA. Alex Boshers will make his second start of the season. In his first start, he allowed one run off two hits in four innings of work and took the loss at Ole Miss.

    LIGHTS OUT RELIEVERS Through six games, SIU’s relievers have posted a combined 0.53 ERA and recorded all four of the team’s victories. The bullpen has allowed two earned runs in 31.2 innings of work, compared to the starters who have only thrown 22.1 innings. Of the 10 relief pitchers the Salukis have used this season, only two of them have surrendered an earned run and only four have allowed a hit. SIU’s four freshman relievers are 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings of work.

    LATE-INNING HEROICS The Salukis have come from behind in all four of their victories this season. Southern Illinois’ comebacks include a two-run eighth inning rally over Western Kentucky on Opening Day and an 11-inning win over Nicholls State this past Saturday after trailing 3-0 after two innings. SIU is 2-0 in one-run games and has outscored its opponents 15-3 after the sixth inning this season.

    WINNING STREAK Southern Illinois enters the week on a three-game winning streak. That is only one win shy of 2013’s longest winning streak. 

    FIRST HAND On Saturday night at Nicholls State, freshman catcher Jake Hand picked an opportune time for his first career hit. After pinch running in the ninth inning of a 7-7 game, he delivered an RBI single in the 11th inning to give SIU the win.

    LOOKING AHEAD Southern Illinois will host Northern Illinois for a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. The Salukis will then return to the road for a Tuesday matchup against Belmont at 4 p.m. following by a three-game series at South Alabama, which starts on Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.