Tyler Dray and the Saluki pitching staff have not allowed a run in the last 17.1 innings
March 25, 2014
|Southern Illinois Salukis (13-9, 0-0 MVC) vs. Murray State Thoroughbreds (9-12, 4-5 OVC)|
|Date||Wednesday, March 26, 2014|
|Time||3 p.m. Central Time|
|Location||Reagan Field - Murray, Ky.|
|SIU: RHP Connor McFadden, Fr. (1-1, 5.79 ERA)
MUR: RHP Andrew Bramley, So. (1-2, 7.31 ERA)
|Audio||105.1 WVZA-FM and Saluki All-Access|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois | MVC|
|Season Stats||Southern Illinois | Murray State | MVC|
|All-Time Series||SIU leads, 44-16|
|Social Media||@SIU_Baseball | @SIU_Baseball | Saluki Athletics|
LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will return to the road to face Murray State on Wednesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in the final game before starting the conference season this weekend. The Salukis have won two in a row and five of their last six games.
WEDNESDAY’S STARTER Freshman Connor McFadden will make his sixth career start. In his last outing, he allowed one run in 4.2 hitless innings in SIU’s 3-2 walk-off win over Eastern Illinois. In 18.2 innings this season, he has held opponents to a .197 batting average but issued 18 walks. He has twice left a game without allowing a hit before completing the fifth inning. SIU is 4-1 in his starts this season with all four wins coming against Ohio Valley Conference schools.
MURRAY STATE SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 44-16. The two teams first met in 1974 and have played at least one game annually since 1997. The Salukis and Murray State have split a two-game season series in each of the last four years. Ken Henderson is 4-3 all-time as head coach against Murray State. SIU has dropped three of its last four games at Murray State and lost 9-8 it its last trip to Reagan Field. SIU will host the Thoroughbreds on April 2 at 5 p.m. at Itchy Jones Stadium.
SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS Murray State enters the game with a five-game losing streak after being swept at home by SIU-Edwardsville this past weekend. The Thoroughbreds are tied for fourth in the 11-team OVC with a .278 team batting average and are led by Ty Stetson, who is third in the conference with a .485 on-base percentage and 25 runs scored. Murray State is fourth in the OVC with a 4.75 ERA and has already picked off nine runners. Andrew Bramley will make his third start of 2014. In two starts this season, he is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in 5.1 innings of work. He has also made three relief appearances in 2014 including a 6.1 inning effort against Morehead State in which he allowed one run off two hits and struck out seven.
WALK IT OFF SIU recorded its first two walk-off wins of the season this past week. On Tuesday, Southern rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Eastern Illinois, 3-2. Matt Jones drove in the tying run when SIU was down to its last strike, and Daily doubled home Jones for the game winner. On Saturday, the Dawgs beat Purdue, 5-4, in 16 innings. Ryan Rosthenhausler delivered the game-winning single in the longest game played by a Valley team this year.
Salukis trot past Thoroughbreds in 7-2 win Tuesday
Southern Illinois extended its winning streak to a season-best four games with a 7-2 win over Murray State Tuesday afternoon at Abe Martin Field. Southern Illinois (13-14) led the entire way and busted the game open with a four-run seventh inning.
HIGH WATER MARK With a win over Murray State, the Salukis would improve to 14-9, matching their high water mark of five games above .500
LIGHTS OUT Southern Illinois’ pitching staff finished the Purdue series with 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings. The streak began with the last out of the eighth inning of Saturday’s game, which lasted 16 innings. SIU held the Boilermakers to one hit in the final eight innings of the contest. On Sunday, the Salukis recorded their first shutout win of the season, limiting Purdue to seven hits on the day.
ONE-RUN GAMES Southern Illinois has played 12 one-run games, which is the second-most in the nation behind only Cal State-Northridge, which has played 13 one-run games. SIU has played 22 games, and 54.5 percent of those games have been decided by one run. That is the highest percentage of all 293 Division I baseball programs this season. Nine of SIU’s last 13 games have been one-run contests, and three of those games were decided in extra-innings. The Salukis have won four of their last five one-run games and are 8-4 overall in one-run games in 2014.
LOOKING AHEAD SIU will open the conference schedule on the road with a three-game series at Missouri State that begins Friday at 6:35 p.m. The Salukis will then have two midweek games the following week as they face Missouri on Tuesday, April 1 in O’Fallon, Mo. and then host Murray State for a rematch against the Thoroughbreds the following day. SIU’s first home conference series will begin Friday, April 4 with the first-ever home night game in Saluki Baseball history.