Salukis to face SLU in final nonconference game Tuesday

    Brad Drust will make his eighth start of the season on Tuesday.

    Brad Drust will make his eighth start of the season on Tuesday.
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    May 13, 2013

    Southern Illinois (24-27, 6-12 MVC) at Saint Louis (33-17, 15-6 A-10)
     Date Tuesday, May 14
     Time 6:30 p.m. CT
     Location Sauget, Ill. - GCS Ballpark 
     Probables LHP Brad Drust (3-2, 6.23 ERA) vs. LHP Josh Moore (0-2, 5.46 ERA)
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    LEADING OFF The Southern Illinois baseball team will face Saint Louis on Tuesday in Sauget, Ill. in the Salukis’ final nonconference game of the season. SIU will try to extend its winning streak to four games, which would match the season high. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at GCS Ballpark.

    TUESDAY’S STARTER Brad Drust will make his eighth start of the season and the 16th start of his career. It will be his first appearance in two weeks. The junior is coming off his worst outing of the season. On Tuesday, May 30, he allowed seven runs off of 10 hits in five innings of work and took the loss as SIU lost 11-7 at Illinois. In seven starts this season, Drust is 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA. This will be his first career appearance against Saint Louis.

    SAINT LOUIS SERIES NOTES Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 58-15, and has won eight of the last 11 meetings. The Salukis are 6-1 all-time against the Billikens at GCS Ballpark with the only loss coming last season. The two programs faced each other for the first in 1951 and have played each other annually since 2001.

    SCOUTING THE BILLIKENS Saint Louis won two out of three games at home against St. Joseph’s this weekend to remain in a second-place tie in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Billikens are tied for the conference lead with a .293 team batting average. Saint Louis starts five players with a batting average of .320 or higher. SLU has posted a 3.77 team ERA, which is fifth best in the 15-team league. Josh Moore will make his fourth start of the season. The freshman has also made 13 relief appearances.

    The Last Meeting
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    Southern Illinois5
    May 15, 2012
    Sauget, Ill. (GCS Ballpark)
    Comeback falls short in Baseball's loss against SLU
    An 8-1 deficit in the sixth inning was too much for SIU (25-27) to overcome Tuesday against Saint Louis (38-15) at GCS Ballpark.

    STADIUM RENOVATIONS On Thursday, the Abe Martin Field renovation project cleared its final hurdle as the SIU Board of Trustees officially approved a full renovation of the Saluki baseball stadium with construction set to begin next month and to be completed for the opening of the 2014 season. The renovation, which will cost just under $4 million, will include the installation of stadium lights, new dugouts and a new synthetic playing surface. In addition, the current bleachers will be removed and replaced with a new state-of-the-art grandstand, concourse and press box.

    MVC TOURNAMENT SEEDING After sweeping Bradley this past weekend, Southern Illinois has avoided being the eighth seed in the MVC Tournament. With three conference games remaining, SIU currently holds the seventh seed but has a slim chance of obtaining the sixth seed. Indiana State’s magic number to clinch the sixth seed and relegate the Salukis to the seventh seed is two. Any combination of Indiana State conference wins or SIU conference losses totaling two would lock Southern into the seventh seed. Indiana State will be at home this weekend against Bradley, who is 1-17 in the Valley.

    NEW CAREER LEADER With his eight-inning performance on Friday against Bradley, Cody Forsythe became SIU’s all-time career leader with 330 and two-thirds innings pitched. Earlier in the season, he became the Salukis’ all-time leader in career starts. He currently has 47. With 235 career strikeouts, he is two away from moving into fifth place in that category.

    CATCHING UP ON SWEEP On Sunday, SIU completed its first conference series sweep of the season by taking all three games at Bradley. For Southern it broke a streak of eight straight conference series losses. It was SIU’s first sweep of a conference opponent on the road since winning three straight in Evansville in 2011.

    LOOKING AHEAD Southern Illinois will close out the regular season at home with the final games at Abe Martin Field. The Salukis will host a three-game series against conference-leading Illinois State beginning Thursday, May 16 at 3 p.m.