Salukis visit SEMO for nonconference game Tuesday

    Austin McPheron will make his second career start on Tuesday.

    Austin McPheron will make his second career start on Tuesday.
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    April 7, 2014

    Southern Illinois Salukis (17-14) vs. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (21-10)
     Date Tuesday, April 8
     Time 5:00 p.m.
     Location Capaha Field - Cape Girardeau, Mo. 
    SIU: RHP Austin McPheron (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
    SEMO: LHP Alex Winkelman (1-2, 4.39 ERA)
     Radio 105.1 WVZA-FM and streaming live on Salukis All-Access.
    Mike Reis will call the play-by-play. 
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     Season Stats Southern Illinois | Southeast Missouri State | MVC
     All-Time Series SIU leads, 48-26-1
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will make a brief road trip to visit Ohio Valley Conference leading Southeast Missouri State Tuesday night at 5 p.m. at Capaha Field. The Salukis will look to improve upon their 5-1 record against OVC teams in 2014.

    TUESDAY’S STARTER Austin McPheron will make his second career start. The freshman made his first start last Tuesday against Missouri. He allowed one run off four hits and struck out three in 3.0 innings of work. In seven relief appearances this season, McPheron did not allow any earned runs over 8.0 innings.

    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 48-26-1. Under Ken Henderson, SIU is 3-3 vs. SEMO. The two programs first faced each other in 1923 and have met annually since 1997 with the exception of 2007. Since then the Salukis are 6-9 in Cape Girardeau. SIU has won its last three games against the Redhawks. In 2013, Southern swept the two-game season series and claimed its largest victory ever against SEMO, a 25-3 road win on April 9.

    SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS After sweeping SIU-Edwardsville this weekend, the Redhawks have won seven in a row. Southeast Missouri is second in the OVC with a .307 team batting average and leads the conference with 58 stolen bases in 69 attempts. Derek Gibson leads the team with a .415 average and 39 RBIs while Matt Tellor is tied for the conference lead with nine home runs. SEMO is tied for the OVC lead with a 3.79 ERA and has already recorded four shutouts. Alex Winkelman will make his sixth start of the season. He started the SEMO game at SIU in 2013 and threw 4.0 scoreless innings in a game the Salukis won, 3-2, in 11 innings.

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    April 23, 2013
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    Salukis recover for 11th inning 3-2 win over Southeast Missouri State
    Jake Welch scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning as Southern Illinois snuck past Southeast Missouri State, 3-2, on a windy Tuesday evening at Abe Martin Field. After SIU surrendered a one-run lead in the ninth, the Salukis' third walk-off win of 2013 came just in the nick of time.

    MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK Senior first baseman Ryan Casillas has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for his performance in five games this past week. Casillas helped the Salukis to three wins, driving in seven runs and recording multiple hits in three of five games. In SIU’s win over Missouri on Tuesday, he set a career high with four hits and matched a career high with three RBIs. Three days later, Casillas again drove in three more runs in the series opener against Bradley. In that game, he also hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Four of his eight hits for the week went for extra bases. Casillas is the first Saluki to earn MVC baseball player of the week honors this season.

    FRESHMAN IMPACT Six Saluki freshman position players have started at least one of SIU’s six conference games this season. Those six first year players are hitting a combined .302 in conference games while the upperclassmen are hitting .266 in conference play. Freshman center fielder Dyllin Mucha leads the team with a .421 conference average, which ranks sixth in the Valley.

    WELCH’S WALKS Jake Welch is tied for the MVC with 25 walks this season. After matching a career high with three walks on Sunday against Bradley, the Salukis’ senior shortstop has 95 career free passes, which is one walk away from moving into an eighth place tie on SIU’s all-time list.

    LOOKING AHEAD The Salukis will begin a five-game homestand when they open a three-game conference series against Indiana State on Friday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Itchy Jones Stadium. SIU will then host a pair of midweek games against OVC opponents. On Tuesday, April 15 the Salukis will face UT Martin at 5 p.m., and the next day they will play Austin Peay at 4:30 p.m.