“You know the pressure of a Friday night game is not gonna get to him,” Rhodes said. “He’s gonna be able to go out there and give our team a chance to win, and he just brings a work ethic every single day that is as good as it gets at the college level. He’s a guy that he’s not gonna blow your doors down with Friday night stuff, necessarily, but when you match up his makeup with the intangibles that the has, and he has solid stuff, but he brings to the table every single day, you know what you’re gonna get.”
Lefty Brad Harrison (3-1, 3.05 ERA), SIU’s Friday night starter before he went down with an arm injury after just eight starts, will start out as the Salukis’ Saturday starter.
“Brad’s been good. Brad was off to a slower start this fall because he was coming back from some arm injuries that he battled through last year, so we’ve taken the progression slow with Brad, but he’s on pace to hit the 90-pitch mark this weekend in an intersquad,” Rhodes said. “He’s felt as good as he’s felt in a really long time.”
Junior Blake Begner (6-7, 6.01 ERA last year), the Salukis’ wins leader last season, is scheduled to start Game 3 of the four-game series at Jackson State this weekend.