Feb. 28, 2012
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball travels to face the Belmont Bruins at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools on the diamond. The Salukis enter the game on a two-game winning streak after taking two out of three games this past weekend at Western Kentucky.
Date: Feb. 29
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Site: E.S. Rose Park
Audio: Bruins Sports Network (Internet Feed)
WEDNESDAY’S STARTER Sophomore Bryan Waldrop makes his second start of 2012. In his first start of the season, he allowed seven runs in three innings last Tuesday at UT Martin and took the loss in a 9-4 defeat. All seven runs crossed the plate in the third inning, including two three-run home runs. He also made a relief appearance in the season opener at North Florida. In that game, he allowed two runs, only one of them earned, in an inning of work.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS Belmont snapped a three-game losing streak with a win on Sunday against Arkansas-Little Rock to improve its record to 3-4 on the season. The Bruins are hitting just .159 as a team with a team ERA of 3.43 on the year. Belmont has already been shutout twice and shutout its opponents twice in 2012. Josh Davis will make his first start of the season for Belmont. He has allowed one run in five innings in two relief appearances this year.
SERRITELLA’S BIG WEEKEND SIU first baseman Chris Serritella went 8-for-13 (.615) with four extra base hits and seven RBI this past weekend in SIU’s three-game series at Western Kentucky. He drove in multiple runs in all three games. The redshirt junior also drew four walks on his way to a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.071 slugging percentage for the weekend. He recorded four hits on Friday night, including his fifth career triple and stole the first base of his career. On Sunday he jumpstarted the Saluki offensive when he recorded a hit in each of his first three at-bats including a double and a mammoth home run into the wind in right field. He also turned a perfect 3-6-3 double play in the first inning on Sunday to prevent a big inning.
SIVERTSEN'S STREAK Jordan Sivertsen enters the game with a season-long seven-game hit streak, one shy of his career long, which he accomplished in March of 2009. He also began the 2011 season with a seven-game hitting streak before going 0-for-2 on March 1 at Arkansas State.
OFF AND RUNNING SIU is a perfect seven-for-seven in stolen base attempts this season. All seven of those stolen bases came this past weekend at Western Kentucky. Jordan Sivertsen leads the team with two stolen bases. Five other Salukis have one. SIU only stole 23 bases in 2011 and did not attempt a stolen base in the first four games of 2012.
HIT PARADE The Salukis are hitting an impressive .284 as a team and have recorded at least 11 hits in four of their last five games. However their opponents are hitting .314 on the year. SIU has given up double digit hits in five of its seven games this season. This includes a 19-hit performance by Western Kentucky in last Friday’s 13-inning game.