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    April 8, 2013

    Southern Illinois (14-16, 1-5 MVC) at Southeast Missouri State (17-16, 9-6 OVC)
    Austin Peay (25-7, 8-3 OVC) at Southern Illinois (14-16, 1-5 MVC)
     Date Tuesday, April 9 at SEMO; Wednesday, April 10 vs. APSU
     Time Tuesday - 5 p.m., Wednesday - 3 p.m. (All times Central)
     Location Cape Girardeau, Mo., Capaha Field (Tuesday)
    Carbondale, Ill. - Abe Martin Field (Wednesday) 
     Probables Tuesday - LHP Brad Drust (1-2, 6.43 ERA), SIU at TBA, SEMO 
    Wednesday - RHP Jared Carkuff (0-0, 6.33 ERA), APSU at TBA, SIU
     Radio Tuesday - WVZA 105.1-FM; Wednesday - WFRX 1300-AM.
    Both games streaming live on Saluki All-Access
     Video Tuesday | Wednesday
     Game Notes Southern Illinois Get Acrobat Reader | Southeast Missouri State Get Acrobat Reader | Austin Peay Get Acrobat Reader
     Live Stats Tuesday | Wednesday
     Social Media @SIU_Baseball

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball team will face a couple of Ohio Valley Conference foes this week with a pair of midweek games. The Salukis will visit Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and host Austin Peay on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

    TUESDAY’S STARTER Brad Drust will make his fourth consecutive midweek start and the 12th start of his career. In his last outing, the lefty tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just three hits in SIU’s 7-2 win over Murray State. Drust has compiled a 2.61 ERA in three starts this season. He will be looking for his first win as a starter this season since he has not completed the required five innings to qualify for a win in his previous starts.

    SEMO SERIES NOTES SIU leads the all-time series 47-27 in a rivalry that dates back to 1923. The two schools have met annual since 1997 with the exception of 2007. Over the last five years, SIU is 5-5 against the Redhawks with a 2-3 record at Capaha Field. The two teams will meet in Carbondale on Tuesday, April 23.

    SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS Southeast Missouri State took two out of three from SIU Edwardsville this weekend to improve to 17-16 on the year. The Redhawks are fifth out of 11 teams with a 9-6 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. They are third in the OVC with a .284 team batting average and are led offensively by Derek Gibson who is fifth in the conference with a .356 batting average. The Redhawks have a 5.07 team ERA and have not yet announced a starter for Tuesday’s game.

    AUSTIN PEAY SERIES NOTES SIU leads the all-time series, 20-10. In their first meeting since 2000, the Salukis suffered an 11-8 loss in Clarksville on Feb. 26 earlier this season. Southren Illinois is 6-2 at home against the Governors since 1991.

    SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS Austin Peay lost its last two games at home against Tennessee Tech this past weekend to end the Governors’ six-game winning streak. APSU has the best overall record in the OVC but stands in third place with an 8-3 conference mark. The Governors have a team batting average of .297, which ranks 35th in the nation out of 296 Division I schools. They start six players who enter the week with an average of .300 or better, including three players hitting over .350. APSU enters the week with a team ERA of 4.62. Freshman Jared Carkuff is slated to make his fifth start of the season.

    OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION Southern Illinois set season highs in runs and hits in Sunday’s 13-5 win at Evansville. In the game, the Salukis recorded 20 hits, the Dawgs’ highest hit total since the 2011 season. Six Salukis recorded three-hits in the game, and six Salukis drove in at least two runs in the game. Of SIU’s 20 hits, 12 of them came with two outs.

    SO CLOSE Despite a 1-5 start to the conference season, SIU has had a lead or been tied as late as the sixth inning in each of its last five conference games. Three of the last four loses have been by one run, and two of them came in extra innings. Since losing the conference opener 8-1 to Indiana State, the Salukis have outscored their opponents, 23-22, in their last five conference games.

    MOTTASHED’S HOT STREAK Luke Mottashed enters the week hitting .500 (8-for-16) over his last five games to raise his batting average from .303 to .367. The left-handed hitting backup catcher has found his way into the lineup as the designated hitter in four of the last five games that he has not started behind the plate. Mottashed would be fifth in the batting race, but his 49 at-bats leave him 11 shy of qualifying as of Monday.

    LOOKING AHEAD This weekend the Salukis will be home for a three-game conference series against second place Missouri State. The series will start on Friday, April 12 at 3 p.m. SIU will then host UT Martin on Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m.