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    April 17, 2014

    Southern Illinois Salukis (20-17, 3-6 MVC) vs. Wichita State (18-18, 3-6 MVC)
     Date Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20
     Time Fri. - 6:30 p.m., Sat. - 2:00 p.m., Sun. - 1:00 p.m.
     Location Eck Stadium - Wichita, Kan. 
     Game 1
    SIU: RHP Sam Coonrod (0-4, 3.00 ERA)
    WSU: RHP A.J. Ladwig (2-5, 1.47 ERA)
     Game 2
    SIU: RHP Todd Eaton (2-2, 4.42 ERA)
    WSU: RHP Cale Elam (5-1, 2.29 ERA) 
     Game 3
    SIU: LHP Aaron Hauge (3-2, 2.92 ERA)
    WSU: RHP Sam Tewes (5-2, 3.47 ERA) 
     Radio Fri. - 105.1 WVZA-FM, Sat. - 1300 WFRX-AM, Sun. - 1300 WFRX-AM
    All games stream live on Salukis All-Access. Mike Reis will call the play-by-play. 
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     Live Stats Friday | Saturday | Sunday
     Season Stats Southern Illinois | Wichita State | MVC
     All-Time Series Wichita State leads, 95-35
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois (20-17, 3-6 MVC) will try to extend its winning streak to three games when the Salukis begin a three-game conference series at Wichita State (18-18, 3-6 MVC) beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.

    FRIDAY’S STARTER Sam Coonrod will make his 10th start of the season and the 35th start of his SIU career, which is 11th most in school history. In three conference starts this season, the junior is 0-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 19.1 innings. In his last outing, he struck out nine in 8.0 scoreless innings against Indiana State. Last year in his lone start against Wichita State, Coonrod allowed four runs, two of them earned, in 4.1 innings of work.

    SATURDAY’S STARTERS Todd Eaton will make his 10th start of the season and his 13th career start. It will be his 84th career appearance, which ranks fourth in school history. It will be his first start against Wichita State. He has two saves and a 5.19 ERA in five relief appearances against the Shockers. Eaton is 1-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three conference starts this season. He has thrown 57.0 innings, which is tied for sixth-most in the Valley.

    SUNDAY’S STARTER Aaron Hauge will make his eighth career start with the Salukis. His 2.92 ERA leads the team and ranks 13th in the MVC. He has held opponents to a .239 average, which is 13th-best in the Valley. In his last outing, he allowed three runs, two of them earned, in 1.2 innings against Indiana State. After taking a 15.2 inning scoreless streak into conference play, Hauge has surrendered nine earned runs in 11.1 innings in three conference starts for a 7.15 ERA.

    SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS After dropping eight in a row, Wichita State has won its last two games to get back to .500. The Shockers have lost six of their last seven conference games. WSU is fourth in the MVC with a .281 team batting average. First baseman Connor Gillaspie leads the Valley in all three triple crown categories. He has a .393 batting average, nine homers and 36 RBIs. The Shockers’ 3.32 team ERA ranks fifth in the Valley. A.J. Ladwig and Cale Elam rank second and ninth, respectively in the MVC in ERA.

    DOUBLES LEADER Ryan Casillas has hit three doubles in his last three games and leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 14 doubles on the year. He is tied for 25th in the nation in two-baggers. On Tuesday Casillas recorded his third two-double game of the year as the Salukis hit a season-high nine doubles in the game.

    TOP DAWGS After nine MVC games, the Salukis boast two of the top five batting averages in Missouri Valley Conference games this season. Ryan Casillas ranks third in the Valley with a .395 average, and Dyllin Mucha is tied for fourth with a .391 average. The rest of the team is batting .212 in conference games.

    AGAINST THE SHOCKERS Current Saluki hitters have combined to start 36 games and hit .299 against Wichita State in their careers. Cody Daily has the best average against the Shockers. He hit .389 in five games against WSU in 2013. 

    SCORELESS STREAK After recording its second shutout of the season on Wednesday, the Saluki pitching staff enters the game with an 11.1-inning scoreless streak. The Dawgs have only allowed one run in their last 14 innings. SIU’s longest scoreless streak of the season is 17.1 innings, which stretched over two games on March 22 and 23 against Purdue.

    WELCH’S WALKS Senior Saluki shortstop Jake Welch leads the MVC and is tied for ninth in the nation with 32 walks. That is three more than anyone else in the league. He enters the weekend with 102 career free passes, one behind Kevin Koski for third on SIU’s all-time list. The Dawgs rank 32nd in the nation as a team with 159 walks this season.

    CAUGHT STEALING In the month of April, Matt Jones has thrown out half (nine out of 18) of attempted base stealers to improve his overall season percentage to 40 percent. Prior to the start of this month, he had thrown out 12 of 46 (26.1 percent) of attempted base stealers. 

    TOP 10 LISTS Jake Welch enters the weekend with 242 career hits. He is four hits away from tying MLB all-star Steve Finley for 10th-most hits in school history. The all-time leader is Joe Schley, who had 286 hits in his four-year career. Only nine players in school history have 250 career hits. Welch also enters the weekend ranked fourth in SIU history in career walks, seventh in at-bats and 10th in runs scored. 

    ALONG GAME PAULY Saluki freshman reliever Kyle Pauly enters the week with a scoreless streak of 11.1 innings, which stretches over his last six outings. He is 1-0 with a save in 10.0 conference innings season. Pauly is the only pitcher in the MVC who has thrown at least 10 innings in conference games this season without allowing a run.

    LOOKING AHEAD After this weekend, SIU will host Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. The Salukis will then return to the road for a conference series against Illinois State beginning Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. game at Illinois on Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m.