Senior gets Royal treatment

Senior right-handed pitcher Todd Eaton became the second Saluki and 11th Missouri Valley Conference pitcher selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Eaton was selected 1,023rd overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 34th round. “It’s ... Continue Reading →
Senior Sam Coonrod delivers a pitch Friday during SIU’s 4-2 loss against Evansville University at Itchy Jones Stadium. Coonrod leads the team with 64 strikeouts and leads the weekend starters with a 3.39 ERA. The Salukis open a weekend series against Mississippi Valley State University Friday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Coonrod’s potential keeps going up

Wins and losses are the most overrated pitching statistic, but they do not go unnoticed. Junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod is one of the best pitchers on the Saluki staff, but has not gotten a win credited to his name this season. He has not been ... Continue Reading →

Salukis battle each other for records

The Saluki baseball team has only seven games left of its regular season, but there is more than wins and losses at stake. Senior shortstop Jake Welch moved into ninth place in Saluki history with 213 career games during the weekend, five behind pitching ... Continue Reading →
Junior Parker Osborne reacts to the final play of SIU’s 5-4 loss against Indiana State University Sunday
at Itchy Jones Stadium. Osborne had two hits in four at-bats with one RBI. The Salukis lost the weekend
series 2-1. SIU will take on the University of Tennessee-Martin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki bats struggle against ISU Sycamores

Despite four extra innings and a win Friday, SIU couldn’t catch up to the pitching of the Sycamores and lost the final two games of the series. The Salukis (18-17) failed to get their bats going with runners in scoring position against Indiana State ... Continue Reading →

First baseball conference series goes the distance for SIU

Missouri State University is the only Missouri Valley Conference school with more losses than wins. SIU Baseball (14-12, 1-2) had its first conference series at Missouri State University (13-14, 3-3) during the weekend. Junior Sam Coonrod (0-3) started ... 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 →

Baseball players learned their roles quickly

The SIU baseball team (13-9) has the potential to get back to the Missouri Valley Conference championship game for the first time since 2012. SIU was picked to finish the conference in fifth in the preseason, but they have enough talent to prove that ... Continue Reading →
Senior Donny Duschinsky prepares for his at bat during the Salukis’ 5-4 win against Purdue Saturday at Itchy Jones Stadium. The
Salukis won on a walk-off in the 16th inning. SIU (13-9) will play at Murray State University Tuesday.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis steal series from Purdue

Senior shortstop Jake Welch became the first Saluki to hit a home run at Itchy Jones Stadium on Sunday. The Salukis (13-9) hosted Purdue University (3-16) to a weekend series. SIU lost Friday 3-2, but won Saturday 5-4 and Sunday 4-0 to claim the series. Junior ... 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 →

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 →
Richard Clancy, left, a carpenter from Johnston City, and Scott Darnell, a laborer from Thompsonville,
work on the exterior of the press box for the new Itchy Jones Stadium Wednesday. The new baseball
stadium is located at the site of the old Abe Martin field. The renovation is scheduled to be finished
by late February.
JAKE HAINES | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Press box allows more press

The new press box at Itchy Jones Stadium will be five times bigger and infinite times better than the old Abe Martin Field. Andy Pettit, SIU associate athletic director, has been overseeing the construction of the stadium, and he said the press box alone ... 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 →

Salukis ready for final test

The SIU men’s baseball team plays six of its last seven games against Missouri Valley Conference competition and the season’s final stretch could be what the team needs to have a successful postseason. The Salukis have been stricken with close ... Continue Reading →

Saluki woes ends at seven

Daily Egyptian Jack Robinson   After Saluki sophomore pitcher Sam Coonrod pitched 7.1 innings, struck out five batters and allowed two runs, the team ended its seven-game losing streak. The SIU baseball team started it’s weekend series against Eastern ... Continue Reading →
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