Although it was their fourth consecutive win against a Texas school, last Saturday’s 10-9 win over Dallas Baptist University marked the first time Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Salukis had won a series against the Patriots.
Going into last week’s action on Saturday, April 16, the Patriots were a Top 25 nationally ranked team and after taking Friday’s series opener 7-6, the wild one-run win on Saturday guaranteed SIU a series win.
Once again, there was a hint of a Massac County connection in the win. Noah Farmer made it to the eighth inning before being lifted. Farmer worked himself into a bit of a jam, leaving the bases loaded before Trey McDaniel took over.
When the dust cleared after the eighth inning, DBU had clubbed a grand slam and a once 10-2 SIU lead stood at 10-7, and the Patriots weren’t done yet. DBU scored twice more in its ninth inning, and the Salukis escaped with a 10-9 win.
In the win, JT Weber smacked his 15th homer of the season, putting him four “dingers” behind Robert Jones’ all-time SIU home run record. Through Tuesday, April 26, Weber has cracked 32 long balls, while Jones set the standard with 36.
Weber’s maturation at the plate has created a ton of notoriety, not only for himself, but it also has freed up the middle of the Salukis’ lineup, and a couple of Weber’s teammates have fed upon his success.
Farmer earned his fourth win of the season, and is putting together a fine year as well. Farmer leads the SIU rotation in number of starts, innings pitched and has the second lowest ERA on the staff.
At Harrisburg, Jenna Bunting, from the MCHS Class of 2021, is putting together a nice “rookie” year for the Southeastern Illinois College Falcons softball team.
The starting catcher for coach Maggie Calcaterra, Bunting leads the team in homers, is second in batting average and leads the Falcons in RBIs.
And on the golf front, Millie Lawson recently made some Daytona, Florida, headlines.
Lawson led the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles to its best ever Sunshine State Conference Championship. She made history as the program’s first-ever female golfer to make the conference’s All-Tournament Team, finishing in a tie for fourth place.
The team also finished in a best-ever fifth place in the tournament.
ERAU is an NCAA D-2 school with its main campuses in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Arizona.
Lawson is a 2019 grad of Massac County and was named the 2017 The Southern‘s Female Golfer of the Year.
The plan of the Local College Sports Roundup is to recognize some recent high school graduates from the Metropolis Planet coverage area as they continue in their athletic careers. We will try to cover all sports as well.