Former rival struggling in biggest sport

Creighton has officially been out of the Missouri Valley Conference for one year and seven months, but has not been as dominant as it once was. The Blue Jays made the Big East championship games in men’s basketball and baseball last season. Creighton’s ... Continue Reading →
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jason Frasor throws in the seventh inning
against the Cleveland Indians on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in
Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won, 6-4.

Frasor represents Salukis in MLB postseason

The Kansas City Royals are in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time in 29 years, and one former Saluki is along for the ride. Relief pitcher Jason Frasor attended SIU from 1996 to 1999 before he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the ... Continue Reading →

Saluki pitcher selected by Giants in fifth round

Junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod likely won’t return for his senior season, but that doesn’t mean he will stop playing baseball. Coonrod was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player ... Continue Reading →

Dugout Crew brings energy to the Itch

Itchy Jones Stadium was not the only addition to the SIU baseball program this season. The Salukis created the Dugout Crew: a group of 12 women who help out with on and off field tasks. The women help at the games by bringing water and extra baseballs ... Continue Reading →

Murphy was right to be with family

Daniel Murphy plays second base for the New York Mets and is arguably one of their best players. Last season Murphy played in all but one game for the Mets and posted a .286 batting average along with 78 RBIs. This season Murphy missed the Mets’ ... Continue Reading →
Freshman Kyle Pauly  pitches in extra innings during SIU’s 5-4 win against Purdue Saturday March 22. The Salukis begin conference play this weekend at Missouri State. 
Jennifer Gonzalez|Daily Egyptian

Conference games bring back rivalries

The Missouri Valley Conference is one of the best conferences for baseball this season but come this weekend, the glove comes off. The Salukis (13-10, 0-0) have their first conference series this weekend at Missouri State University (10-13, 1-2).  The ... Continue Reading →

Baseball team races against daylight

The two teams combined for 16 pitchers and left 29 runners on base Wednesday night. SIU (13-10) traveled to Murray State University (10-12) for a weeknight matchup. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but weather postponed it to Wednesday.  ... Continue Reading →
Senior infielder Cody Daily is tagged out at second base Tuesday during the Salukis
3-2 win against Eastern Illinois University at Itchy Jones Stadium. The Salukis, 11-8,
will travel to Purdue University Friday for a weekend series.

Streaky Salukis win in walk-off fashion

When the new lights turned on for the first time at Itchy Jones Stadium, they sparked the Saluki bats as they earn their third win in a row. SIU (11-8) hosted Eastern Illinois University (4-16) for only one game. Freshman pitcher Connor McFadden had his ... Continue Reading →

Not much competition between Chicagoland rivals

If baseball is truly America’s past time, then spring has officially started. Spring training camps are open in Florida and Arizona this very moment. This means by the end of the month, the first pitch of the 2014 season will be thrown. One of the most ... Continue Reading →

Stadium not ready for home opener

Athletes and fans anticipating home games at the new Itchy Jones Stadium will have to wait two more weeks. The Saluki baseball team will host Northern Illinois University this weekend, but games will take place at Rent One Park in Marion instead of Itchy ... Continue Reading →

Salukis strike out Austin Peay

The Saluki baseball team defeated Austin Peay State University Tuesday while recording the most strikeouts in one game since pitching coach P.J. Finigan recorded 17 in 2005. SIU defeated the Governors 14-4 with four home runs. The Salukis took a lead ... Continue Reading →
Freshman pitcher Kyle Pruemer practices Friday at Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale during the Salukis’ first day of
practice. Pruemer is one of 14 freshmen on this year’s team. Last season, the team finished 25-33 overall and 6-15 in conference
play. The team will open its season Feb. 14 against Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., and the home season Feb.
28 against Northern Illinois University at the newly renovated Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium.

Salukis begin positional battles at practice

Despite temperatures outside starting to plummet, the Saluki baseball team is heating things up during indoor practices with only three weeks left until the first pitch is thrown. The season will kick off Feb. 14, and an NCAA rule only allows 18 practices ... Continue Reading →

Salukis give back to local youth

Baseball camp benefits coaches, players Saluki baseball will host a youth hitting camp Jan.11-12 for players ages seven to 18 at the Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale. Hitting coach Ryan Strain primarily will run the camp, but the entire coaching ... Continue Reading →
A construction crew works on a dugout Friday at Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium. The new dugouts are part of the $4 million project to renovate the baseball stadium. The renovations are to be completed by the upcoming baseball season.
Lewis Marien | THE WEEKENDER

Itchy Jones stadium expands possibilities

SIU baseball players will be the first in the nation to experience a new and improved kind of playing surface when the renovations to the stadium are complete. Associate athletic director Andy Pettit said the turf is the first of its kind to be laid down ... Continue Reading →

University celebrates first baseball Hall of Famer

A former university baseball player has become the third Saluki in four years, and the first SIU baseball player ever, to be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. The MVC chose Steve Finley, a 1987 SIU graduate, Aug. 13 to be inducted ... Continue Reading →
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