Going into a weekend, three-game set with Marshall University, SIU Carbondale’s Salukis were widely ranked in the Top 30 nationally.
Before a streak-ending loss to Evansville on March 14, the Salukis were 14-0 and ranked 25th in Collegiate Baseball’s D-1 national rankings. They currently stand just outside the Top 25 with a 17-1 record.
Part of that success rests squarely on the shoulders of a pair of Massac County grads. Junior pitcher Noah Farmer and junior left fielder J.T. Weber have carried their weight this spring for SIU.
In fact, Weber was recently honored nationally for his contributions. He was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week. In addition to the Player of the Week honor, Weber was also named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.
In a four-game series that ended on March 14, with the Salukis going 3-1, Weber was a force, going seven for 10 at the plate with a pair of home runs. He reached base safely 14 times out of 17 at bats, drawing four walks and three “hit by pitches” for a staggering .824 on base percentage. He drove in three runs, played an errorless left field and saved a run by gunning down an Evansville runner at the plate for an assist.
After undergoing treatments for an arm ailment near the end of his sophomore year and working through the rehabilitation process, Farmer appears to be back in full health and has appeared in six games for the Salukis.
Farmer has logged 17 innings and has whittled his ERA down to 3.18. Working solely out of the bullpen, Farmer has a 2-1 record with the lone loss coming in the streak-ending game with Evansville when SIU committed an uncharacteristic four errors. Farmer last worked on Saturday in the 7-2 win over Marshall, throwing two scoreless innings.