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    Cody Forsythe will make his school-record 45th career start on Friday.

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    April 25, 2013

    Wichita State (24-19, 9-3 MVC) vs. Southern Illinois (19-21, 2-10 MVC)
     Date Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28
     Time Fri. - 3 p.m., Sat. - 2 p.m., Sun. - 1 p.m. (All times Central)
     Location Abe Martin Field - Carbondale, Ill. 
     Probables Fri. - RHP Cale Elam (5-1, 2.18 ERA) vs. LHP Cody Forsythe (1-3, 2.95 ERA)
    Sat. - A.J. Ladwig (3-4, 5.01 ERA) vs. RHP Sam Coonrod (3-3, 4.08 ERA)
    Sun. - Drew Palmer (0-0, 6.43) vs. LHP Derek Fogel (0-2, 3.91 ERA)
     Radio All games broadcast live on WFRX 1300-AM and streaming on Saluki All-Access
     Video Saluki All-Access
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     Live Stats Friday | Saturday | Sunday
     Social Media @SIU_Baseball

    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois opens a three-game series at home against MVC co-leader Wichita State on Friday at 3 p.m. at Abe Martin Field. The Salukis have won three straight home games and can get back to .500 with a series win.

    FRIDAY’S STARTER Cody Forsythe will make his 11th start of the season and set a school record on Friday by making his 45th career start. He is also 15 innings away from becoming SIU’s career leader in innings pitched. In his last outing, the senior allowed three runs in six innings and took the loss at Creighton. In four conference starts, he is 0-2 despite a 2.73 ERA. In his two conference no-decisions, he has allowed one earned run in 17 innings.

    WICHITA STATE SERIES NOTES SIU trails the all-time series 92-33. The two schools have met annually since 1978 with the exception of the 2009 series in Carbondale, which was cancelled due to a severe storm. The Salukis and WSU split their four games last year. After Wichita State won two games of the three-game regular season series, the Salukis defeated WSU, 6-3, in the first round of the MVC Tournament. The Shockers have won each of the last five regular season series against SIU. The last time Southern won a series at home against Wichita State was in 2005.

    SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS Wichita State split a pair of midweek games this week, losing in extra innings at Oklahoma State on Tuesday and shutting out Oral Roberts on Wednesday. The Shockers have won five of their last six conference games and are in a first place tie with Missouri State with a 9-3 conference mark. Bradley is second in the Valley with a .290 team batting average but is hitting .312 in conference games. Garrett Bayliff leads the team with a .357 average and leads the conference with a .417 average in Valley play. Wichita State is third in the MVC with a 3.73 team ERA and leads the conference with 309 strikeouts. Cale Elam has been the ace of the staff, going 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in four Valley starts. No other Shockers starting pitcher has a season ERA under 5.00.

    WORKING OVERTIME After Tuesday’s 11-inning victory, the Salukis have now played six extra-inning games this season. That is the most extra-inning games in an SIU season since they played six of them in 2005 and 2008. The last time Southern played more than six extra-inning games was when it played eight in 2001. SIU is 2-4 in extra innings this season.

    MONTGOMERY’S HIT STREAK Austin Montgomery enters the weekend with an 11-game hit streak, the longest by a Saluki in 2013. During the streak he is hitting .469 with four home runs and 18 RBI. On the season, he is hitting .342, which is tied for ninth in the Valley.

    SATURDAY, SUNDAY STARTERS After two consecutive Sunday starts, sophomore Sam Coonrod will move up a day to start Saturday’s game. It will be his 11th start of the year, which surpasses his starts total from his freshman campaign. Coonrod is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in five home starts this season. In his last outing, he allowed four runs off six hits in an inning and two-thirds at Creighton. Coonrod’s next strikeout will give him 100 for his career. Derek Fogel will make his 10th start of the season and his third Sunday start of the year. After posting a 2.95 ERA in his first seven starts of the season, Fogel has allowed seven runs in five and two-thirds of an inning over his last two outings. Despite leaving in line for the victory in four games this season, he is still looking for his first Division I win.

    STOLEN BASE NOTES With two stolen bases in Tuesday’s game, Jake Welch set a new career high with 17 stolen bases this year. That is the most stolen bases by a Saluki since Joe Schley stole 23 in 1999. Welch has only been caught one time this year, and he has been successful in each of his last 12 attempts. Rennie Troggio also matched his SIU career best with his eighth stolen base in Tuesday’s game. The second-year Saluki is 16-for-20 in stolen base attempts in his career. The Salukis have the second fewest stolen bases and stolen base attempts in the Valley, ahead of only Missouri State in both categories.

    HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE Southern Illinois enters the weekend with a 12-5 record at Abe Martin Field in 2013. That is a winning percentage of .706, the highest Saluki home winning percentage since 2008. Southern Illinois has a .294 batting average and a 3.32 ERA at home compared to its opponents, who have hit .238 and posted a 4.43 ERA at Abe Martin Field. Over the last two years, SIU is 29-15 at home.

    STRANDED RUNNERS After leaving a season-high 16 runners on base in Tuesday’s game, SIU has stranded 30 runners in its last two games and 41 in its last three games. Of those 41 left on, 26 have been in scoring position. Over the last three games, the Salukis have played 29 innings, recorded a hit in 23 of those innings and put at least one runner on base in 26 of those innings. However, only six of those innings have resulted in at least one run for SIU.

    CASILLAS’ STREAK Following Tuesday’s game, first baseman Ryan Casillas has reached base safely in 28 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference. It is also the longest such streak by a Saluki hitter since Chris Serritella reached safely in 28 straight games in 2010. The last game in which Casillas didn’t reach base safely was on March 6 at Murray State.

    LOOKING AHEAD Beginning Tuesday, SIU will play five games in six days. The stretch begins with Tuesday’s 6:05 p.m. game at Illinois. The Dawgs will return home for Wednesday’s rescheduled game against Belmont at 3 p.m. On Friday, May 3, the Salukis will begin a three-game series at Purdue with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.


     

     

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