Salukis try for 3 in a row, host EIU Tuesday

    Ryan Sabo went 3 for 6 with three walks in Saturday's doubleheader.

    Ryan Sabo went 3 for 6 with three walks in Saturday's doubleheader.
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    March 17, 2014

    Eastern Illinois (4-15, 2-4 OVC) Southern Illinois Salukis (10-8, 0-0 MVC)
     Date Tuesday, March 18, 2014
     Time 4 p.m. Central Time
     Location Abe Martin Field at Itchy Jones Stadium - Carbondale, Ill. 
    EIU: RHP Jake Haberer (0-1, 11.74 ERA)
    SIU: RHP Connor McFadden (1-1, 7.07 ERA)
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will continue its seven-game homestand and try to stretch its winning streak to three games when the Salukis host Eastern Illinois for a nonconference game on Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. It will be the first $2 for Tuesday at Itchy Jones Stadium. Fans can enjoy $2 tickets, $2 hot dogs and $2 fountain drinks at the game.

    TUESDAY’S STARTER Freshman Connor McFadden will make his fifth start of the season. In his last outing, he allowed three runs off four hits in 3.2 innings of work and took the loss in a 3-0 defeat at No. 19 Mississippi State. The Salukis are 3-0 in McFadden’s starts against Ohio Valley Conference foes.

    EASTERN ILLINOIS SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 57-30-1. The series dates back to Abe Martin’s first year as head coach in 1947. The Salukis have won 11 of the last 15 meetings but dropped the last two. The two schools have met annually for a single game since 2005. During that recent stretch, SIU is 6-3 against the Panthers. Southern Illinois has also won six of its last nine home games against EIU, dating back to 1994.

    SCOUTING THE PANTHERS Eastern Illinois dropped two out of three games at Austin Peay this past weekend and enters the game having lost two in a row and eight of its last 10 ballgames. Offensively, the Panthers are led by 2013 second-team All-OVC outfielder Caleb Howell. He is sixth in the OVC with a .405 average. Outfielder Demetre Taylor leads the team with 13 RBIs and a .991 OPS. EIU is eighth in the 11-team Ohio Valley with a 6.49 team ERA. Jake Haberer will make his second collegiate start. The cousin of former Saluki pitcher and Cardinals draft pick Eric Haberer, Jake started against Louisville and allowed three runs in 1.0 inning of work. He has also made six relief appearances, never throwing more than 2.0 innings.

    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois7
    Eastern Illinois11
    March 19, 2013
    Charleston, Ill.
    Comeback falls short in 11-7 loss to Eastern Illinois
    SIU's four-run ninth inning rally was not enough as the Salukis lost to Eastern Illinois 11-7 Tuesday afternoon at Coaches Field. The Salukis (9-11) finally came through in the ninth, but they had dug themselves into an eight-run hole after eight innings.

    ONE-RUN GAMES Six of SIU’s last nine games have been one-run games, with two of those six games being decided in extra-innings. The Salukis have won four of their last six one-run games and are 6-3 overall in one-run games in 2014.

    LET’S PLAY TWO Through 18 games, Southern Illinois has already played three doubleheaders, which means a third of its games have been doubleheaders in 2014. The Salukis have not played three doubleheaders in a single season since 2010. After losing both ends of a doubleheader on opening weekend, SIU has swept its last two doubleheaders this year. In five weekends this season, the Salukis have only once played the regularly scheduled Friday, Saturday, Sunday format.

    FRESHMEN’S THREE-HIT GAMES In Saturday’s doubleheader against Illinois, freshmen Ryan Sabo and Dyllin Mucha each recorded three-hit games. Both Sabo and Mucha started the day with hits in their first three at-bats. Sabo did it in the first game of the day, and Mucha did it in the second game. It was the first time a Saluki freshman had a three hits in a single game since Jake Welch did it on May 3, 2011 at Illinois.

    LOOKING AHEAD In its final weekend series before conference season begins, SIU will host Purdue for a three-game set beginning Friday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Southern will then head to Murray State for a nonconference game on Tuesday, March 25 before opening the conference slate on the road aginst Missouri State on Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.