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    May 8, 2014

    Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (4-35) vs. Southern Illinois Salukis (22-26)
     Date Friday, May 9 - Sunday, May 11
     Time (CT) Fri. - 6:30 p.m., Sat. - 4:00 p.m., Sun. - 1:00 p.m.
     Location Itchy Jones Stadium - Carbondale, Ill. 
     Game 1
    MVSU: LHP Jonathan Parker (0-9, 5.27 ERA)
    ILS: RHP Sam Coonrod (0-5, 3.39 ERA)
     Game 2
    MVSU: RHP Blake Thomas (1-6, 11.16 ERA)
    SIU: LHP Aaron Hauge (3-4, 4.00 ERA) 
     Game 3
    MVSU: RHP Tyji Hawkins (0-3, 10.97 ERA)
    SIU: LHP Brad Drust (0-0, 9.00 ERA) 
     Radio Fri. - 105.1 WVZA-FM, Sat. - 105.1 WVZA-FM, Sun. - 1300 WFRX-AM
    All games stream live on Salukis All-Access. Mike Reis will call the play-by-play. 
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    LEADING OFF Southern Illinois will close out the home portion of its 2014 schedule with a three-game series against Mississippi Valley State beginning Friday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Itchy Jones Stadium. It will be a Withers Broadcasting Family Friday. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, nachos or pretzels and four fountain drinks for only $25 total.

    FRIDAY’S STARTER Sam Coonrod will make his 13th start of the season and his 38th career start, moving him into sole possession of seventh place on SIU’s all-time starts list. In his last outing, Coonrod allowed a single run off four hits in 6.1 innings against Evansville but took a no-decision as SIU fell 4-2 in 11 innings.

    SATURDAY’S STARTER Aaron Hauge will make his 11th career start with the Salukis. Last week he threw 4.0 scoreless innings before allowing five runs and recording only two outs in the fifth. The junior is 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in five nonconference starts. In nonconference play, he has not allowed a run in his last 15.2 innings of work. Hauge is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in six conference starts. 

    SUNDAY’S STARTER Brad Drust will make his second start of the season and the 18th start of his career. He has made one start and one relief appearance this season.Drust’s last outing was a start at home against UT Martin on April 15. He allowed four runs off four hits in 3.1 inning of work. A fifth-year senior, Drust started eight games for the Salukis in 2013 and posted a 3-3 record.

    SCOUTING THE DELTA DEVILS Mississippi Valley State broke a six-game losing streak with a win at Alabama A&M this past Sunday. The Delta Devils are fifth in the SWAC Eastern Division and will wrap up their season this weekend. Only the top four finishers in each division qualify for the SWAC Tournament. MVSU has a team batting average of .229, lowest in the conference. Arrington Smith leads the team with a .304 batting average. Kalik May is tied for third in the SWAC with four triples and tied for fifth with 16 stolen bases in 20 attempts. The Delta Devils have posted a team ERA of 8.30, which is the second-highest in the nation. Jonathan Parker’s 5.27 ERA is the lowest among MVSU starters.

    EXTRA! EXTRA! SIU played an 11-inning game this past Friday against Indiana State and leads the nation with 12 extra-inning games in 2014. SIU is 4-8 in extra-inning games this season. Valley teams have played a total of 28 extra-inning games this year, and Southern Illinois has accounted for 12 of those. The Salukis have also taken part in seven of the eight extra-inning games played in MVC league games this season. 

    NONCONFERENCE NOTES The Salukis are 18-12 in nonconference games this season. This will be Southern Illinois’ first nonconference weekend series since hosting Purdue March 21-23. SIU has won four of its last five nonconference weekend series.

    MVC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE Sam Coonrod was selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. Coonrod was honored for his performance during the period of April 28-May 4. To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, complete at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. It is the first MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor for Coonrod.

    SO CLOSE Seven of SIU’s 14 conference losses have been one run games. Five of the Salukis’ conference losses have been extra-inning games. The Salukis are 1-7 in one-run conference games and 9-6 in one-run nonconference games.

    DAILY DOUBLES Cody Daily hit a pair of doubles this weekend against Evansville. He has now hit nine doubles in his last 14 games and is tied for fifth in the Valley with 15 doubles on the season. Daily has seven doubles in his last 10 conference games and leads the conference with eight doubles in MVC games.

    HOME RECORD SIU enters its final homestand with a 12-8 record at Itchy Jones Stadium. That is a winning percentage of .600, which is the second-highest in Ken Henderson’s tenure as head coach. The 2012 squad recorded a 17-10 record and .630 winning percentage at home. With a three-game sweep, the Salukis would post a .652 home winning percentage this year. That would be the highest by an SIU team since 2010.

    CONFERENCE SEEDING Southern Illinois will be either the seventh or eighth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament this year. SIU and Bradley are both tied with a 4-14 conference record and have three conference games remaining. Neither school is playing a conference series this weekend. Next weekend, the Salukis are at Dallas Baptist, while BU hosts Indiana State. Since Bradley hold the tiebreaker, SIU would have to finish at least a game ahead of the Braves to claim the seventh seed.

    SENIOR DAY Sunday will be Senior Day as the 13 seniors from this year’s squad are honored with a ceremony on Abe Martin Field prior to the game. This year’s senior class includes two five-year Salukis, six four-year Salukis and five former junior college transfers. 

    LOOKING AHEAD After this weekend, SIU will conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Dallas Baptist. It will be the two schools’ first meeting as Missouri Valley Conference foes. The MVC Tournament begins on Tuesday, May 20.