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    April 21, 2014

    Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (27-12) vs. Southern Illinois Salukis (20-20)
     Date Tue., April 22
     Time 5 p.m.
     Location Itchy Jones Stadium - Carbondale, Ill. 
    SEMO: RHP Tyler Iago (4-2, 4.76 ERA)
    SIU: RHP Austin McPheron (2-1, 2.08 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, 48-27 overall. SIU leads, 25-11-1 at home.
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois (20-20, 3-9 MVC) will try to put a stop to its three-game losing streak and win its third-straight nonconference game when it hosts Southeast Missouri State (27-12, 17-4 OVC) on Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at Itchy Jones Stadium.

    TUESDAY'S PROMOTION Tuesday is SIU Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. All SIU employees get in free with a valid university ID. In addition, it will be the season's final $2 for Tuesday featuring $2 tickets, $2 hot dogs and $2 sodas. In honor of Earth Day, fans will receive a packet of flower seeds courtesy of Southern Illinois University.

    TUESDAY’S STARTER Austin McPheron will make his fourth consecutive midweek start. He is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA in three starts this season. In his last outing, the freshman threw 6.0 scoreless innings against Austin Peay and recorded his first win as a starter. McPheron began the season with seven relief appearances and did not allow a run in 8.0 innings. He started at Southeast Missouri State two weeks ago and allowed four runs in 4.2 innings of work to take the loss.

    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 48-27-1. Under Ken Henderson, SIU is 3-4 overall and 2-1 at home against SEMO. The two programs first faced each other in 1923 and have met annually since 1997 with the exception of 2007. Southern Illinois is 25-11-1 all-time at home against the Redhawks. SEMO beat the Salukis 5-4 earlier this year in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

    SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS Southeast Missouri took two out of three games from Eastern Illinois this past weekend and leads the Ohio Valley Conference with a 17-4 conference mark. The Redhawks’ offense ranks 10th in the nation with a .312 team batting average and eighth in the nation with 296 runs scored. Derek Gibson leads the team with a .401 batting average, which is tied for 14th in the nation. Southeast has a team ERA of 4.28, which is good enough for third in the OVC. Tyler Iago will make his 11th start of the season. His four wins are second-most on the team, and he is tied for the club’s lead with 37 strikeouts. SEMO’s defense has also turned 48 double plays, which ranks second in the nation.

    EXTRA! EXTRA! On Saturday at Wichita State, SIU played its nation-leading ninth extra-inning game of the season. No other team has played more than seven. Valley teams have played a total of 21 extra-inning games this year, and Southern Illinois has accounted for nearly half of those. The Salukis have also taken part in all four extra-inning games played in MVC league games this season.

    EATON INNINGS Senior Todd Eaton leads the team with 64.1 innings pitched, which is 11.1 innings more than anyone else on the Salukis in 2014. Eaton is 2.0 innings away from surpassing his combined innings total over the last two years when he was SIU’s closer.

    ALONG GAME PAULY Saluki freshman reliever Kyle Pauly enters the week with a scoreless streak of 14.0 innings, which stretches over his last seven outings. He is 1-0 with a save in 12.2 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.

    WELCH'S WALKS Senior Saluki shortstop Jake Welch leads the MVC and is tied for eighth in the nation with 34 walks. That is three more than anyone else in the league. On Sunday he recorded his 104th career free pass to surpass Kevin Koski for third on SIU’s all-time list. The Dawgs rank 34th in the nation as a team with 168 walks this season.