The Bulldogs (12-7) went 1-3 on their first road trip of the season participating in the Hi Corbett Classic in Tucson, Ariz., over the weekend. MSU was swept in two games by No. 23 UC-Santa Barbara and split with Arizona.
Tonight’s matchup will be State’s first matchup with the Salukis.
Southern Illinois is 8-6 on the year and were swept over the weekend by South Alabama, including a pair of 10-inning games.
The Diamond Dogs will start sophomore right-hander Preston Brown (1-0, 1.12 ERA) on the mound opposed by SIU redshirt freshman righty Connor McFadden (1-0, 6.97 ERA).
It will be State’s final non-conference tune-up before beginning SEC play this weekend at Georgia.