Salukis take on Illinois State in weekend road series

    Todd Eaton will become just the fourth Saluki to pitch in 85 career games when he starts on Saturday.

    Todd Eaton will become just the fourth Saluki to pitch in 85 career games when he starts on Saturday.
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    April 24, 2014

    Southern Illinois Salukis (21-20, 3-9 MVC) vs. Illinois State (26-12, 7-5 MVC)
     Date Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27
     Time (CT) Fri. - 6 p.m., Sat. - 2 p.m., Sun. - 1 p.m.
     Location Duffy Bass Field - Wichita, Kan. 
     Game 1
    SIU: RHP Sam Coonrod (0-5, 3.74 ERA)
    ILS: RHP Dan Savas (7-2, 1.50 ERA)
     Game 2
    SIU: RHP Todd Eaton (2-2, 4.42 ERA)
    ILS: LHP Dylan Craig (5-1, 1.95 ERA) 
     Game 3
    SIU: LHP Aaron Hauge (3-3, 3.77 ERA)
    ILS: RHP Jeremy Rhoades (4-3, 1.80 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 | Illinois State | MVC
     All-Time Series Illinois State leads, 83-82
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will start a stretch of four-consecutive road games against intrastate foes with a three-game conference series against Illinois State beginning Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. The Salukis will try to snap a five-game conference losing streak. 

    FRIDAY’S STARTER Sam Coonrod will make his 11th start of the season and his 36th career start, which will tie him for eighth place in SIU history. The junior will look to snap a personal nine-game losing streak. After hurling 8.0 scoreless innings and striking out nine in a no-decision on April 11 against Indiana State, he allowed six runs in 5.0 innings in a loss last week at Wichita State. Five of the six runs came against him in the first inning. In his final four frames, he allowed one run off four hits. Coonrod averages 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings, which is fifth-best in the conference.

    SATURDAY’S STARTER Todd Eaton will make his 11th start of the season and his 14th career start. It will be his 85th career appearance, which ranks fourth in school history. It will be his first start against Illinois State. He has allowed three runs in 4.2 innings against the Redbirds over four relief appearances. Eaton is sixth in the Valley with 64.1 innings pitched this season. He is 2.0 innings away from surpassing his combined innings total from 2012 and 2013.

    SUNDAY’S STARTER Aaron Hauge will make his ninth career start with the Salukis. In his last outing, he allowed five runs off six hits in 3.0 innings against Wichita State. After taking a 15.2 inning scoreless streak into conference play, Hauge has surrendered 14 earned runs in 14.1 innings in four conference starts for a 8.79 ERA. Hauge is 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in five nonconference starts.

    ILLINOIS STATE SERIES NOTES Illinois State leads the all-time series, 83-82, and has won the last eight meetings. Under Ken Henderson, SIU is 2-10 overall and 1-4 on the road against the Redbirds. The Salukis have lost their last seven games in Normal. The last road win against ISU was on May 10, 2008. The two teams have met annually since 1982. Last year Illinois State clinched the MVC regular season championship with a three-game sweep of SIU in Carbondale. 

    SCOUTING THE REDBIRDS After beating Illinois Wesleyan and MacMurray earlier this week, Illinois State has won four consecutive games. The Redbirds are hitting .290 as a team, which is tied for the MVC lead. Sophomore infielder Paul DeJong leads the team and is third in the Valley with a .389 average. Sophomore outfielder Sean Beesley leads the conference and is tied for fifth in the nation with 26 stolen bases in 35 attempts. ISU’s 3.09 team ERA is second-best in the Valley. However, the Redbirds are tops in the league with a 2.29 ERA in conference play. Their three weekend starters are a combined 16-6 with a 1.74 ERA.

    KEEPING UP APPEARANCES Five current members of the Saluki pitching staff are on the top 10 list for most appearances in school history. Closer Tyler Dray, who is second in the MVC with seven saves this season, is the active leader with 91 career appearances. That ranks third in SIU history. Eaton is fourth on the list with 85 appearances while Matt Murphy, Aaron Snyder and Lee Weld rank sixth, seventh and tied for 10th, respectively. Dray, Weld and Murphy are each tied for third most apparances on the team this season with 14.

    ROAD WEARY Southern Illinois has lost its last five road games and 11 of it’s last 12 road contests. This is after the Salukis started the season 4-2 on the road. SIU’s longest road losing streak this season is six games, from March 7 through April 8. Meanwhile, at home, the Dawgs have won three in a row and four of their last six.

    DOUBLES LEADER Ryan Casillas hit a double on Tuesday against Southeast Missouri State and is tied for the Missouri Valley Conference lead with 16 doubles on the year. Casillas is also tied for 15th in the nation in two-baggers. Cody Daily and Jake Welch are both tied for ninth in the Valley with 11 doubles.

    KEEPING IT CLOSE SIU has played 20 one-run games this season. That is two more than any other team in the nation. In addition, SIU leads the nation with nine extra-inning games this season. The Salukis have taken part in all four extra-inning games played in MVC league games in 2014. The Salukis are 10-10 in one-run games and 4-5 in extra innings.

    WELCH’S WALKS Senior Saluki shortstop Jake Welch leads the MVC and is tied for 10th in the nation with 34 walks. That is two more than anyone else in the league. He enters the weekend with 104 career free passes, third most in school history. The Dawgs rank 38th in the nation as a team with 171 walks this season.

    TOP 10 LISTS Jake Welch enters the weekend with 245 career hits, which is one hit 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 third in SIU history in career walks, sixth in at-bats and 10th in runs scored. 

    ALONG GAME PAULY Saluki freshman reliever Kyle Pauly enters the week with a scoreless streak of 15.1 innings, which stretches over his last eight 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.

    LOOKING AHEAD After this weekend, SIU will be on the road to face Illinois at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. The Salukis will then be home for the following two weekends for their final six home games of the season. Next weekend, SIU hosts Evansville for a three-game series beginning Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Itchy Jones Stadium.

    The Last Meeting
    Illinois State9  
    Southern Illinois8(10)
    May 18, 2013
    Carbondale, Ill.
    Southern swept with 9-8 10th inning loss
    Southern Illinois surrendered a two-run ninth-inning lead and lost its regular season finale 8-6 to Illinois State in the 10th inning Saturday afternoon in the final game at the current Abe Martin Field. For the Salukis (24-31, 6-15 MVC), the loss marked the fifth time they were swept in a three-game series this season. It also clinched the outright Missouri Valley Conference championship for the Redbirds (36-18, 16-5).



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