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    Cody Forsythe is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two career starts against the Aces.
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    April 4, 2013

    Southern Illinois (13-14, 0-3 MVC) vs. Evansville (12-17, 3-3 MVC)
     Date Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7
     Time Fri. - 6 p.m., Sat. - 2 p.m., Sun. - 1 p.m. (All times Central)
     Location Evansville, Ind. - Braun Stadium 
     Probables Fri. - LHP Cody Forsythe (1-1, 2.55 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Freeland (3-4, 2.64 ERA) 
    Sat. - LHP Derek Fogel (0-1, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Lloyd (4-2, 2.22 ERA)
    Sun. - TBA vs. RHP Sam Johns (1-1, 4.83 ERA) 
     Radio Fri. - WVZA 105.1-FM, Sat. & Sun. - WFRX 1300-AM.
    All three games streaming live on Saluki All-Access
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    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Southern Illinois baseball team will try to extend its season’s longest winning streak to five games as it opens a three-game series on Friday against conference foe Evansville. The first pitch on Friday in Evansville is scheduled for 6 p.m.

    FRIDAY’S STARTER Cody Forsythe will make his eighth start of the season. It will be his 42nd career start, tying him with former Major Leaguer Sean Bergman for third on SIU’s all-time list. Forsythe enters the weekend as the Valley’s active career leader in starts (41) and innings pitched (288.0). Since the start of the 2011 season, he is 9-4 with a 1.43 ERA in 15 MVC starts. He also enters the game with a scoreless streak of 12 and a third innings in conference games.

    EVANSVILLE SERIES NOTES SIU leads the all-time series, 93-56. After taking two out of three from the Aces last year in Carbondale, the Salukis enter the series having won 14 of their last 17 games against Evansville. SIU has won seven consecutive games at Braun Stadium with the last loss coming on March 31, 2007.

    SCOUTING THE PURPLE ACES After starting the season 1-6, Evansville has played .500 ball over the last 22 games. The Aces won at home on Tuesday against UT Martin then lost at Belmont on Wednesday after taking two of three games from Bradley last weekend. UE is tied for fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a .279 team batting average. The Aces are led by Jake Mahon’s .333 batting average. The Aces’ pitching staff has posted a 4.26 team ERA, which ranks seventh in the eight-team MVC. However, they are second in the Valley with 202 strikeouts. Starters Kyle Freeland and Kyle Lloyd both rank in the top 10 in the conference in earned run average.

    WIN STREAK During SIU’s current four-game winning streak, the pitching staff has posted a 1.95 ERA and held opponents to a .195 batting average. Matt Jones and Ryan Rosthenhausler have led the offense during that stretch. Both are hitting .400 (6-for-15) during the winning streak.

    MIDSEASON MARK Entering the weekend, the Salukis have played 27 games and have 27 regular season games left on the schedule. Eighteen of the remaining contests are conference matchups.

    KEEPING UP WITH JONES Matt Jones leads the Salukis in all three triple crown categories, and ranks in the top 10 in the Missouri Valley Conference in batting average, home runs and RBI. Jones is tied for the conference lead with 23 RBI and ranks 10th in average (.339) and home runs (2). No other Saluki is in the top 10 in the Valley in any triple crown category.

    SATURDAY STARTER On Saturday, Derek Fogel will make his seventh start of the season. He has posted a 1.42 ERA over his last three starts. The junior has received five straight no-decisions despite leaving the game in line for a win in three of those five contests. Since allowing three runs in five innings in his first start, Fogel has lowered his ERA in each of his five starts since then.

    SEEING DOUBLES With three doubles in their last contest, Southern Illinois is second in the Missouri Valley Conference with 51 doubles this season. Austin Montgomery hit his conference-leading 10th double of the season in Tuesday’s win over Murray State. The Salukis are on pace for a fourth straight season with more than 100 doubles after tying the school record with 125 in 2012.

    ROAD WARRIOR Matt Jones leads the team with a .364 batting average in 15 road games this season. That is compared to his .310 average in 11 home games. Jones has also driven in 16 of his 23 RBI on the road.

    GREAT STARTS Over the last six games, SIU’s starters have combined for a 1.64 ERA and held opponents to a .163 batting average. While none of the starters have posted an ERA over 2.50 during that stretch, Sam Coonrod is the only one to record a decision as he earned a win on Friday, March 28 against Eastern Kentucky. 

    UNDECIDED Sam Coonrod is the only Saluki starter to record a decision in the last 12 games, and neither Cody Forsythe nor Derek Fogel has recorded a decision in over a month. The two southpaws have combined to go nine consecutive starts without a deicision despite each of them averaging at least six innings during those starts. Forsythe has a 2.25 ERA since his last decision, and Fogel has a 2.56 ERA since his last decision.

    GETTING BACK TO EVEN Southern Illinois enters the weekend one win away from climbing back to .500. The Salukis were last at .500 on March 16 and were last over .500 on March 15.

    HITTING THE ACES Senior Wes Neece and junior Donny Duschinsky have been SIU’s two best hitters against Evansville. Neece is 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles in four career games against the Aces, and Duschinsky has hit 4-for-11 (.364) in three games against Evansville. Duschinsky had a three-hit day on April 7, 2012 against Evansville.

    REACHING BASE STREAK After singling in his only at-bat on Tuesday against Murray State, Ryan Casillas enters the weekend having reached base safely in 15 consecutive games. That is the longest such streak by a Saluki this season. Casillas has also reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 games.

    LOOKING AHEAD Following the Evansville series, SIU will play a pair of midweek game against Ohio Valley Conference opponents. The Salukis will visit Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday, April 9 and host Austin Peay on Wednesday, April 10. Next weekend SIU will be at home for a three-game series against Missouri State.

    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois2
    April 8, 2012
    Carbondale, Ill.
    Evansville avoids sweep, ends Baseball's winning streak at 3
    The Purple Aces found the holes with 12 singles to defeat the Salukis (18-14, 5-4 MVC) on Sunday afternoon at Abe Martin Field.