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May 08, 2003

USI places three on the All-GLVC baseball teams

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team had three players named to the 2003 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference teams in a vote by the league’s coaches. Senior rightfielder Steve Owen (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) was named to the first team, while sophomore utility player Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) and sophomore centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) were named to the second team.

Owen finished his USI career by leading the conference and the Eagles in several offensive categories. The senior ranked first in the GLVC and first on the team in home runs (8), triples (8), slugging percentage (.653), and total bases (113) in 2003. He also finished the season ranked 13th, nationally, in triples.

The two-time All-GLVC performer also led the Eagles with 38 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while hitting .347. Owen, who batted .340 in conference games, was named GLVC Player of the Week in April after hitting .520 in USI’s three-game series with Saint Joseph’s College.

Wetzel and Keener are making their first appearance on the All-GLVC teams and are two of the most improved Eagles.

Wetzel led the team and the GLVC with 24 stolen bases, the most by an Eagles in nine years. The sophomore centerfielder also ranked second on the team with a .314 batting average in conference games and raised his overall batting average 47 points to .278 in 2003.

Keener was the jack-of-all-trades this season for the Eagles, was named to the second team as a designated hitter. The sophomore saw time on the field this season as a pitcher, as a designated hitter, and at first base.

At the plate, Keener recorded 120 more at-bats as a sophomore and finished the season ranked second on the team with a.307 batting average and three home runs. Two of his home runs came against Brescia University in March. He also completed the season with 26 runs scored, 24 RBIs, and 11 doubles.

On the mound, Keener was one of USI’s top hurlers and led the squad with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts. He finished the year with a 4-1 record with one complete game and struck out 15 batters in 49.0 innings.

For a complete list of the All-GLVC teams click here: GLVC Baseball

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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