February 24, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team opens the 2014 home portion of its schedule with a midweek contest against a familiar rival in Southern Illinois at Skyhawk Field on Tuesday, Feb. 25. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

This marks the 10th consecutive season that the Skyhawks and Salukis have locked horns for a home-and-home series. UT Martin has won two of the last three meetings against Southern Illinois held at Skyhawk Field but fell by an 8-4 margin last season. The Skyhawks will make the short 130-mile trek to Carbondale in mid-April.

UT Martin (1-6) is coming off its first win of the season and first win in the young career of interim head coach Brad Goss, as the Skyhawks bested Eastern Michigan by a 5-3 margin on Sunday. Freshman Ben Upton continued his red-hot series with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, scoring a run while driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Stu Jones earned his second career win out of the bullpen while Houston recorded his first career save in a game started by Alex Martin (5.2 innings, two runs allowed).

Against the Salukis, the Skyhawks will give the starting nod to redshirt senior right-hander Alex Boshers (0-1, 2.25 ERA). In his first start after Tommy John surgery last week against No. 27 Ole Miss, Boshers conceded just one run over four innings of work.

Southern Illinois (4-2) rolls into Skyhawk Field on a three-game winning streak, turning away defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Austin Peay (14-4), Western Illinois (10-3) and Nicholls State (8-7 in 11 innings) last week.

The Saluki lineup features five regulars who hit over .300, including seniors Cody Daily (team-high .450 average) and Donny Duschinsky (team-best two homers and eight RBI’s).

Redshirt freshman righty Connor McFadden (0-0, 18.00 ERA) is listed as Southern Illinois’ probable starting pitcher. McFadden made the start at Austin Peay last Tuesday, yielding four runs on two hits and five walks over two frames.

Live stats will be provided for this game at the link above.

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