In this past weekend, the ISU baseball team went up against the Southern Illinois Salukis in a weekend three game series. The Sycamores came out on top overall with a series clean sweep. To start off on Friday the Sycamores’ Triston Polley struck out a personal best, 11 batters. This improved Polley to 6-0 on the season. The Salukis were only able to manage only chalk up hits in the first and the fifth innings to start the game. Though the Sycamores were holding SIU to limited hits they were still able to chalk up a couple runs in the third inning to be able to withstand the hitting drought that ISU was inducing.
This was not enough to hold off the offensive barrage that the Sycamores were putting on. This started in the first inning with Clay Dungan, Romero Harris, and Jarrod Watkins each getting base hits to start the inning. They were soon brought home by Watkins to put them at 5-1 in the first game.
Saturday’s game marked alumni day for the Sycamores as they brought home the series victory with a 7-2 victory that pushed their record to be 31-9 on the season. This is now the Sycamores ninth weekend series win and this is putting them at the top of the conference.
To tag along with Polley, Collin Liberatore set a new career high with 10 strikeouts and held the Salukis to two hits over eight innings on the mound. This improved his record to 8-0 on the season, ISU ended up outhitting SIU 15-3 on the day. Senior Romero Harris had a productive day as he hit three for five at the plate. CJ Huntley and Chris Ayers joined the three-hit club for the Sycamores.
Jarrod Watkins was also on fire this weekend with a total on six hits, nine times at bat. Sunday ISU obtained its seventh weekend sweep of the season after beating SIU 7-4 to close the weekend series in very convincing fashion.
In the last game on Sunday, resulted in a win to close out Alumni weekend for the Sycamores. This win improved the Sycamores conference win record to 9-3. Even though SIU outhit the Sycamores 9-6 on the day the Trees’ great fielding was able to hold the Salukis to only two runs. With adding another convincing weekend series under ISU’s belt, the Sycamores are now the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores now begin to gear up to go against Illinois this Wednesday.