Salukis lead the MVC with 4 Scholar-Athlete Team honorees

    Tyler Dray has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in each of the last three years.

    Tyler Dray has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in each of the last three years.
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    June 4, 2014

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    ST. LOUIS – Southern Illinois junior pitcher Sam Coonrod and senior pitcher Tyler Dray have both been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete first team, the conference announced Wednesday. Junior outfielder Parker Osborne and senior relief pitcher Lee Weld also earned an honorable mention.

    SIU’s four scholar-athlete honors are the most of any team in the conference this year. The Salukis have now earned 12 MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in Ken Henderson’s four seasons as head coach. That is the second-highest total, behind only Evansville’s 15, during that span.

    “These student athletes have proven that you can be successful in the classroom as well as on the field,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “Obtaining an education is ultimately why we are here, and I could not be more proud of these four young men for this great accomplishment and well deserved recognition.” 

    Coonrod ranked 10th in the MVC with a 2.87 ERA and ninth in the conference with 77 strikeouts in 84.2 innings over 15 starts this season. In conference play, he was fourth in the league with 42 strikeouts in 42.1 innings of work. Over his last five starts, Coonrod went 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA. He is majoring in management and has a 3.48 GPA.

    Dray was the Salukis’ closer and finished the year with seven saves, fourth-most in the Valley. The lefty is third in SIU history with 96 career appearances and fourth on the school’s all-time saves list with 16. He posted a 2.53 ERA in 19 relief appearances in 2014. Dray began the season with a 10-inning hitless streak. He graduated in May with a 3.67 GPA and an accounting degree. This is his third-consecutive Scholar-Athlete team selection.

    Osborne started 42 games in the outfield for SIU in 2014 and did not commit an error in 48 games played. He hit .323 through the first 30 games of the season and finished the year with a .250 average and 19 RBIs. Osborne is majoring in sport administration and holds a 3.60 GPA.

    Weld recorded a 2.33 ERA and finished second on the team with three wins in 20 relief appearances this season. He began the year by throwing 10.2 innings before allowing an earned run and ranks ninth in school history with 76 career appearances. Weld posted a 4.0 GPA during the spring semester and graduated with a 3.38 GPA as a recreation major.