SIU wraps up road trip at No. 19 Mississippi State Tuesday

    In his last outing, freshman Connor McFadden earned his first collegiate win.

    In his last outing, freshman Connor McFadden earned his first collegiate win.
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    March 10, 2014

    Southern Illinois Salukis (8-6) vs. No. 19 Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-7)
     Date Tuesday, March 11
     Time 6:30 p.m. Central Time
     Location Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium - Starkville, Miss. 
    SIU: RHP Connor McFadden (1-0, 6.97 ERA)
    MSU: RHP Preston Brown (1-0, 1.12 ERA)
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will try to snap a three-game losing streak when it wraps up a five-game road trip with a nonconference game against No. 19 Mississippi State on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

    TUESDAY'S STARTER Redshirt freshman Connor McFadden will make his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, he allowed four runs, two of them earned, in five innings of work at Belmont and picked up his first career win. It was his longest outing and the first time he completed the fourth inning. Against Belmont, McFadden allowed just two walks after issuing 11 free passes in 5.1 innings in his first two starts.

    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS Mississippi State dropped three out of four games this weekend in the Hi Corbett Classic in Tucson, Ariz. and salvaged the finale with a 6-4 win over Arizona. The Bulldogs are hitting .278 as a team, which ranks seventh in the SEC. C.T. Bradford leads the team with a .340 average and leads the SEC with four triples. Preston Brown is making his third start of the season. Last Wednesday, he started against South Alabama and threw four scoreless innings. He scattered five hits and struck out five in a 3-0 Bulldogs win.

    IN A PINCH Southern Illinois pinch hitters are 5 for 10 on the season and have a .667 on-base percentage thanks to three walks and being hit by a pitch twice. Jake Hand leads the team with three hits and two walks in four at-bats as a pinch hitter. All three of those hits have come in the seventh inning or later and either tied the game or given SIU the lead.

    HENDU'S HUNDO Southern Illinois' next win will be Ken Henderson's 100th as head coach of the Salukis. His first 35 wins came as interim manager for the final 20 games of 1994 and the entire 2011 season. 

    FIRST TIMERS In each of the Salukis' last five wins, an SIU pitcher has recorded his first career victory. Of the Dawgs' eight wins this season, only one of them has been recorded by a pitcher who had at least one career win entering the season. SIU's freshmen pitchers are a combined 6-0 this season. Senior reliever Matt Murphy is the only Saluki veteran with a win this year.

    LOOKING AHEAD On Friday, March 14, Southern Illinois will play its first home game at new Richard "Itchy" Jones Stadium as the Salukis open a seven-game homestand with a three-game series against Illinois. SIU will then welcome Eastern Illinois to town for a single game on Tuesday, March 18 before hosting Purdue in a three-game series beginning Friday, March 21.