Salukis show winning hand against Aces

The Saluki baseball team was a few steps away from beating the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year earlier this season, but it got its revenge against him Tuesday. The eighth-seeded Salukis (26-29, 4-17) upset the top-seed University of Evansville ... Continue Reading →
Senior catcher Matt Jones runs to first base Friday during SIU’s 4-2 loss against the University of Evansville. Jones hit
three doubles in the weekend series and has hits in nine of the last 10 games. The Salukis open a weekend series against
Mississippi Valley State University Friday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Dawgs drop another conference series

The Saluki baseball team has lost all of its six conference series this season, and has eight one-run losses. The Salukis (22-26, 4-14) hosted the Missouri Valley Conference-leading University of Evansville (30-16, 11-4) for their final home conference ... Continue Reading →
Senior Matt Jones catches behind the plate April 12 during SIU’s 5-4 loss against Indiana State
University. Jones has thrown out the most base runners attempting to steal in the Missouri Valley
Conference. He became the first Saluki to throw out three attempted base stealers in one game since
2012.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Jones will not be losing his job to me

There is no chance my body would allow me to squat in a catcher’s position for even a single at-bat, let alone nine innings.  My final individual challenge was against senior catcher Matt Jones. We tried throwing out freshman infielder Connor Kopach ... Continue Reading →

University of Illinois gets even with Salukis with midweek victory

The Saluki baseball team used five pitchers Wednesday night, all of which gave up at least one earned run.  SIU (21-24, 3-12) traveled to the University of Illinois (24-17, 10-5) for one game to end the month. The Salukis ended April with a 7-12 record, ... Continue Reading →
Senior designated hitter Cody Daily and senior first baseman Ryan Casillas talk during a pitching
change April 13 during SIU’s 5-4 loss against Indiana State University. Casillas leads the team in 10
offensive categories including batting average, home runs and RBIs, while Daily is second on the team
in nine categories.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Henderson has good problem at first

Despite getting swept for the second consecutive weekend, the Saluki baseball team has the first baseman position solidified on its depth chart. The team’s top two batting averages belong to seniors Ryan Casillas and Cody Daily; both play first base. ... Continue Reading →
Junior outfielder Tyler Rolland takes a pitch April 15 against the University of Tennessee-Martin at
Itchy Jones Stadium. Rolland is one of six players who have shared playing time in the outfield this
season. His left-handed batting and improved batting average have made Rolland a valuable member
of the starting lineup.
CHRIS ZOELLER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

New position brings new opportunity

Coach Ken Henderson has six options for his starting outfield but one of his best picks may be a player who has not played in the outfield since Little League. Freshman catcher Jake Hand started six of the last seven games in right field, and the other ... Continue Reading →

Salukis win campaign against Governors

The Saluki baseball team had its first midweek shutout victory since May 3, 2011. The Salukis (20-17, 3-6) took on the Austin Peay State University Governors (14-23, 6-9) and beat them for the second time this season 3-0. Coach Ken Henderson made only ... Continue Reading →
Senior Ryan Casillas advances to third base Saturday during SIU’s
5-4 loss against Indiana State University at Itchy Jones Stadium.
Casillas has a .341 batting average and a total of 30 RBIs this
season.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Lineup could take the biggest hit

The Saluki baseball depth chart may see some adjustments after starting hitters struggled in the past week. Even though freshman middle infielder Connor Kopach has the lowest batting average on the team at .161, he should start at least one or two of ... Continue Reading →
Senior Jake Welch takes a swing Wednesday at Itchy Jones Stadium during the Saluki’s 10-9 win
against the Murray State Thoroughbreds. Welch went two for five, with one walk and one run scored.
SIU will open up a weekend series Friday against Bradley at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

April showers bring Saluki batting powers

The Saluki baseball team came back from a six-run deficit Wednsday to edge the Murry State Thoroughbreads.  SIU baseball (16-12, 1-2) hosted the Thoroughbreds (13-13) at Itchy Jones Stadium and came away with a 10-9 victory. The Salukis and Thoroughbreds ... Continue Reading →
The SIU and the University of Illinois baseball teams line up at the newly-renovated Itchy Jones
Stadium for the national anthem Friday before the Salukis’ 5-1 loss. The Salukis swept the Illini
2-0 during Saturday’s doubleheader, bringing SIU’s record to 10-8. The Salukis play Eastern Illinois
University 4 p.m. Tuesday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Itchy Jones Stadium celebrates Saluki legends

Roughly a week before the inaugural game at Itchy Jones Stadium, coach Ken Henderson and former coach Dan Callahan’s widow, Stacy Callahan, turned on the stadium lights for the first time. The clubhouse, formerly known as Richard “Itchy” Jones ... Continue Reading →

SIU baseball holds UT Martin to two hits

cody dailyThe Salukis battled the University of Tennessee-Martin in a game that featured nine total pitchers and 17 walks combined. SIU beat the Skyhawks 6-2 to extend their winning streak to four games. SIU took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning ... Continue Reading →

Saluki pitchers tally 16 strikeouts in win

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 beat the Governors 14-4 and had four home runs. The Salukis took their first ... Continue Reading →

Hilltoppers top Salukis twice in three games

After winning the season opener Saturday, the Saluki baseball team lost the next two games of its three-game series during the weekend. SIU (1-2) traveled to Western Kentucky University (2-1) for a three-game series that was scheduled to start Friday ... Continue Reading →
Freshman baseball player Jake Hand practices batting Saturday at Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale. Hand is one of 14 freshmen on the roster this seasons. SIU opens its season against the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers Friday in Bowling Green, Ky.
LEWIS MARIEN · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis travel south for first eight games

Cold weather has denied the Saluki baseball team as much practice time on the new field as they would like, however, the season must start as scheduled. The Salukis have their first games of the season this weekend at Western Kentucky University. Coach ... 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.
LEWIS MARIEN · DAILY EGYPTIAN

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 →
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