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Saluki softball takes back weekend conference series against Redbirds

Saluki softball takes back weekend conference series against Redbirds

By Brandon Willingham

April 1, 2012

SIU's softball team claimed its first conference series victory against Illinois State since 2008 Sunday among nearly 180 cheering fans in a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series at the Charlotte West Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.After losing three consecutive years to Illinois State, the Saluki...

Sun Belt Shootout leaves SIU with another winless weekend

By Akeem Glaspie

April 1, 2012

The SIU men’s tennis team struggled throughout during the Sun Belt Shootout on Saturday and Sunday in Tennessee.The tournament was on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where the Salukis faced 57th-ranked South Alabama (L, 4-0) University on Saturday, and Florida A...

Salukis lose 2 of 3 on the road against Shockers

By Joe Ragusa

April 1, 2012

While Cameron Maldonado, senior right-handed pitcher for the Salukis, threw a gem in his return to Wichita State on Saturday, the other pitchers failed in comparison, and SIU could only win one of three against the Shockers Friday through Sunday.SIU (15-13. 3-3 Missouri Valley Conference) dropped th...

Gilley turns it up a notch for her final season

Gilley turns it up a notch for her final season

By Caleb Motsinger

March 29, 2012

As spring storm clouds encircled the Hickory Ridge Golf Course, Meg Gilley stood on the practice green calmly sinking putt after putt as she closed up an evening of practice that started nearly four hours earlier.The SIU women’s golf team ran away with their fourth win of the 2011-12 season Sunday and Monday a...

Salukis seek to surpass Redbirds in conference series

Salukis seek to surpass Redbirds in conference series

By Brandon Willingham

March 29, 2012

Southern Illinois University and Illinois State University are tied in the Missouri Valley Conference, and the winner of Saturday's game will determine who pushes ahead.The Salukis (18-8, 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference) lead the Redbirds (19-13, 5-1 MVC) in third place, while Illinois State sits in four...

Players react to Hinson’s hire

By Joe Ragusa

March 29, 2012

Although waiting for a new coach to be hired was a challenge, freshman forward Treg Setty said he pulled together with his teammates and got through all of the speculation and questions about their own futures as Salukis.“I’ve played basketball my whole life. I’ve never not had a coach,” Setty...

Salukis prepare for Sun Belt Shootout

By Akeem Glaspie

March 29, 2012

Men’s tennis coach Dann Nelson says his team needs to step up its intensity heading into this weekend's highly-ranked tournament field.The Sun Belt Shootout takes place Saturday and Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn., at Middle Tennessee State. The field consists of some of the nation's highest-ranked team...

Spring football practice begins

Spring football practice begins

By Ben Conrady

March 28, 2012

Lennon: Improvements to be madeThis week marks the beginning of spring practices for the SIU football team, and with it comes the optimism of a fresh start.While Saluki fans’ minds may be focused on the upcoming season, the players and coaches said they know proper preparation during spring can lead...

Golfer captures consecutive wins, earns MVC honors

Golfer captures consecutive wins, earns MVC honors

By Brandon Willingham

March 28, 2012

Foot surgery may have caused junior golfer Jake Erickson to sit out of golf for 10 weeks, but the time off hasn’t seemed to affect his ability to win as a member of the SIU men’s golf team.“At the beginning, I was a little rusty, but then I started playing really well. It was pretty exciting,” Erickso...

Hinson formally introduced as men’s basketball coach

Hinson formally introduced as men’s basketball coach

By Joe Ragusa

March 28, 2012

Barry Hinson couldn't be happier to be back home as a coach in the Missouri Valley Conference."I've been very public with how I feel about this conference. I just love it," Hinson said. "I've had opportunities in the four years that I've been out (of the MVC), I've had opportunities to be a coach somewher...

SIU football player arrested

By Caleb Motsinger

March 27, 2012

Baines charged with counts of kidnapping, sexual batteryDespite being indefinitely suspended from Saluki football, the investigation of Ronald Baines continues in order to determine whether he will return to SIU in the fall.Baines, a 20-year-old freshman cornerback from Voorhees, N.J., was arrested Mar...

Basketball losses ripple through Athletic Department

By Joe Ragusa

March 27, 2012

Illinois is in the midst of a severe budget crisis, and Saluki Athletics felt the crunch at a time when revenues from men's basketball weren't up to par.“We've weathered probably the most perfect storm from a financial standpoint,” said Mark Scally, chief financial officer for Saluki Athletics. ...

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