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Saluki softball splits first two games against Illinois state

Saluki softball splits first two games against Illinois state

By Gabriella Scibetta and Jonathan Thompson
April 1, 2017
Filed under Softball

After a major comeback secured Illinois State a victory in its first series game against the Salukis, SIU learned its lesson, holding the Redbirds off to split the series on Saturday in Normal. Illinois State got on the board quickly Saturday morning in the bottom of the first with five hits and...

SIU men’s tennis wins ’emotional’ final home match in program history

SIU men’s tennis wins ’emotional’ final home match in program history

By Sean Carley
April 1, 2017
Filed under Sports, Tennis

As the members of the SIU men's tennis team walked away from their final match as a program at University Courts, they did so as winners. SIU defeated Wichita State on Saturday, 4-1, for the first time since 2009. "It was an unbelievable match," said graduate assistant coach Jonny Rigby,...

Texas junior college product commits to SIU basketball

Texas junior college product commits to SIU basketball

By Sean Carley
April 1, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Panola College sophomore guard Eric McGill committed to Southern Illinois on Saturday, as first reported by JucoRecruiting.com. McGill averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game for Panola in the 2016-17 season. He  will be the second former Pony on the roster, joini...

Salukis take the win in a pitcher’s duel with Evansville

Salukis take the win in a pitcher’s duel with Evansville

By Denton "Gio" Giovenco
April 1, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Southern took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and never looked back, winning the first game of a three-game conference series against Evansville Friday night. The Salukis (13-14, 1-0 MVC) sent senior starting pitcher Chad Whitmer to the mound Friday to do battle against Evansville's...

Player profiles: Saluki pitcher Hunter Hart eager to take the field

Player profiles: Saluki pitcher Hunter Hart eager to take the field

By Denton "Gio" Giovenco
March 30, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

In 2014, Saluki junior pitcher Hunter Hart was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 37th round (1,111th overall) of the MLB June Amateur Draft. Choosing college over the pros, he is now waiting for his chance to take the mound for SIU. Hart's baseball career began young, yet he said basketball...

SIU unable to overcome early deficit in loss to EIU

SIU unable to overcome early deficit in loss to EIU

By Denton "Gio" Giovenco
March 30, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Southern rallied for six runs over its last four innings, but fell short in the ninth to lose to Eastern Illinois 10-7 Wednesday afternoon. Freshman pitcher Brad Harrison made his first career start for the Salukis. He received a rude welcome when Eastern capitalized on early walks and took a 4-0...

Chambers-Book leads SIUE to sister-school shutout

Chambers-Book leads SIUE to sister-school shutout

By Sean Carley
March 29, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports

SIU softball coach Kerri Blaylock called SIUE senior pitcher Haley Chambers-Book "one of the best [SIU] will face all year," and with good reason. Chambers-Book held SIU to four hits in a complete-game shutout Wednesday at Charlotte West Stadium as SIUE beat its sister school 4-0. The Coatesville,...

Salukis fail to protect early lead, losing to Arkansas State in extra innings

Salukis fail to protect early lead, losing to Arkansas State in extra innings

By Denton "Gio" Giovenco
March 29, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Southern plated three runs in the first inning, but failed to score again in a 4-3 extra inning loss to Arkansas State Tuesday night. SIU (12-13) took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning with a little help from Arkansas State. Junior second baseman Connor Kopach reached base to lead...

Women’s golf finishes strong in regular season

Women’s golf finishes strong in regular season

By Gabriella Scibetta
March 27, 2017
Filed under Golf, Sports

Saluki women's golf finished out their regular season with a win at this year's Saluki Invitational before heading into conference play. In the past 10 years, this is the sixth time SIU has won the annual event. The Salukis started off the first day of the tournament with an 18-stroke lead as...

Jones earns MVC Pitcher of the Week award

Jones earns MVC Pitcher of the Week award

By Sean Carley
March 27, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports

After she left her mark on each game of SIU softball's sweep of Drake over the weekend, Saluki pitching ace Brianna Jones was recognized for her efforts. The sophomore from Manchester, Tennessee, was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the fourth time in her...

Saluki bats go dormant in series loss to Jacksonville State

Saluki bats go dormant in series loss to Jacksonville State

By Denton "Gio" Giovenco
March 26, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Southern struggled in all facets of the game in Sunday's series finale, losing 7-0 to Jacksonville State to drop the weekend series 1-2. Sunday did not begin on a positive note for SIU, with senior starting pitcher Joey Marciano struggling mightily in his first inning of work. Marciano threw 37...

Saluki softball finishes sweep of Drake with doubleheader victories

Saluki softball finishes sweep of Drake with doubleheader victories

By Sean Carley
March 26, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports

In January, the Drake Bulldogs were picked as the Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorites. On Sunday, SIU finished a series sweep of the favorites with a pair of victories. The two wins moved Southern (17-14) to 5-1 in the MVC to tie it with Illinois State, its next Valley opponent on Saturday. "You...

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