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April 08, 2003

2003 Eagles-Knights series continues at USI Wednesday

The University of Southern Indiana and Bellarmine University will continue their 2003 baseball-series with a doubleheader Wednesday, April 9. The first pitch of the Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader is scheduled to be thrown at noon.

The Screaming Eagles have been flying high the last four games, winning three of four, including a victory over 12th-ranked University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Eagles, who are 13-16 overall and 5-8 in the GLVC, are in the middle of seven-game homestand and will play seven of the next eight at the USI Baseball Field.

USI senior rightfielder Steve Owen (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) has been one of the hottest Eagles over the last four games. Owen hit .533 last week with six runs scored, two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and five RBIs.

Sophomore centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) followed Owen, raising his batting average 51 points last week. Wetzel, who is at .258 for the season, batted .500 with a double, triple and three RBIs in last week’s games.

For the season, USI is led in nearly every category by Owen. The senior rightfielder is hitting .330 with 22 runs scored, 10 doubles, six home runs, 21 RBIs, and a .670 slugging percentage. Owen also is second on the team with three triples.

USI senior second baseman Adam Schiff (Evansville, Indiana) is closing in on the USI top-five all-time in hits. The senior, who has 204 career base hits, needs eight hits to tie Barry Strauser and enter the USI top-five. Schiff already ranks fifth all-time at USI in doubles.

On the mound last week, the Eagles were led by senior left-hander Brian Anderson (Brazil, Indiana) and sophomore right-hander Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana). Anderson picked up his first save of the year in the victory over UMSL and a win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Keener recorded his first career complete game and a career-high nine strike outs in the USI doubleheader sweep of SIUE.

Anderson, who led the Eagles to a victory in the first meeting with Bellarmine this spring, is tops on the squad with a 5-3 record this spring. He also is second on the team in ERA (2.62) and strike outs (25).

To go along with his perfect 3-0 record in five starts, Keener has posted the team’s best ERA at 2.18 and is third on the squad with 21 strikeouts. The sophomore right-hander also has helped out at the plate, hitting .325 with 13 RBIs.

The Knights of Bellarmine University come to USI on a similar streak, winning three of its last four games. Bellarmine defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College and took two of three from Lewis University last week.

Sophomore second baseman Steve Polio leads the Knights with a .352 batting average and is tied for second with 11 RBIs. Senior first baseman Marcus Fandino is the Bellarmine leader in RBIs with 18.

The Knights’ top hurlers are right-hander Jason Bibelhauser and sophomore right-hander Chad Cahoe. Bibelhauser has a team best 3.72 ERA in 10 appearances, but only has a 1-5 record. Cahoe leads the team in victories with a 3-3 record, but has a 7.85 ERA.

The Eagles won the first meeting of the year, 7-0, in Louisville and lead the all-time series with the Knights, 48-43. USI was led by senior leftfielder Andy Nucci (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) and sophomore designated hitter Toby Pritchard (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) with a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs each.

First Meeting Box Score

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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