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June 25, 2003

USI baseball signs four for 2004

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced the signing of four junior college players to national letters of intent for the 2004 season. The signings are the first of the year for USI head coach Mike Goedde.

Transferring to USI from Rend Lake College are 6’4” junior right-handed pitcher Jae Fadde (Lafayette, Indiana) and 5’10” sophomore middle-infielder Bryan Davis (West Chester, Ohio). Davis hit .346 with 14 doubles, 29 runs scored, 33 RBIs, and a .435 on-base percentage. Fadde, who played for Lafayette Central Catholic High School prior to attending Rend Lake, struck out 31 batters in 10 appearances and 44 innings pitched. Rend Lake was 24-20 overall last spring.

In addition, Goedde added more pitching experience to the staff with 6’6” junior right-handed pitcher Andy Rumpler (Hamilton, Ohio). Rumpler is transferring to USI from Columbia State Junior College in Columbia, Tennessee, where he had a 3.59 ERA in 52 innings pitched this past year. He attended Baden High School.

The Eagles also added versatility to the roster with the signing of 6’1” junior first baseman/catcher/outfielder Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Michigan). Kelly played last year for Kellogg Community College, where he hit .399 last season with 31 runs scored and 29 RBIs in helping to lead KCC to a 41-15 overall record last spring.

While at KCC, Kelly was coached by former University of Evansville assistant coach Russ Bortell.

“I am excited about bringing in these players to help overcome the loss of our nine seniors,” said Goedde. “We are very fortunate to get players with this much experience who are able to step in right away. Each one played in a winning program and we expect that to continue. We are continuing to recruit quality players and students.”

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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