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March 25, 2003

USI baseball plays on the road at KWC Wednesday

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team will play its next five games on the road, beginning with a doubleheader at Kentucky Wesleyan College Wednesday, March 26. Game time at Panther Park is 1 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles were 3-3 last week and split their first four Great Lakes Valley Conference games. USI defeated Indiana University-Southeast and fell to the University of Indianapolis in non-conference games, while the Eagles defeated Bellarmine and took one of three from Indianapolis within conference action. The victory over Bellarmine was the first for the Eagles since 2001, snapping a three game losing streak.

Sophomore first baseman/right-handed pitcher Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) has emerged as the USI leader this spring. At the plate, Keener leads the team with a .358 average and is tied for second with 11 RBIs. On the mound, Keener has a team-best 1.47 ERA and is tied for second with a 2-0 record.

Senior third baseman Justin Konopacki (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) is second on the squad with a .342 average, but has a team-high 15 RBIs. Senior left-hander Brian Anderson (Brazil, Indiana) leads the Eagles with a 4-1 record and follows Keener with a 2.31 ERA.

The Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan are 10-5 overall after sweeping four games from Oakland City University over the weekend.

KWC is led on the mound by freshman right-hander Brandon Brooks, who is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA. He is followed in the win column by sophomore right-hander Cory Wade and junior left-hander Triffon Callos with a pair of wins each.

At the plate, the Panther roster features four players over the .400 mark. Sophomore first baseman/ outfielder Matt Dugan leads the hitters with a .457 average, while sophomore outfielder Dusty Stevens is at .450 senior outfielder Patrick Donahue, .435 and sophomore catcher Morgan Embry, .400.

The Eagles enter Wednesday’s doubleheader leading the series, 71-45, and has won the last five games with the Panthers.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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