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July 20, 2004

Siedler and Shahine sign with USI Baseball

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Nathan Siedler (McLeansboro, Illinois) and infielder Sam Shahine (West Lafayette, Indiana) to national letters of intent for the 2005 season. Siedler and Shahine are the fifth and sixth players signed by USI Head Coach Mike Goedde.

Siedler transfers to USI from Shawnee College where he played for the past two seasons, posting a career earned run average of 3.67 and a 6-10-1 record. As a sophomore, he had a 3.94 ERA in 74 innings of work, compiling a 4-7-1 record, and held opposing hitters to an impressive .235 batting average.

Prior to playing for Shawnee College, Sieder played for Hamilton County High School (McLeansboro, Illinois) where he helped the Foxes to the 2002 regional championship.

Shahine, who can play all three of the four infield positions, comes to USI from West Lafayette (Indiana) High School where he lettered in baseball and football. He was a three-time All-Conference and All-Area in baseball after hitting over .400 as a junior and senior at WLHS.

“We targeted areas in our recruiting that needed to be improved,” said Goedde. “With the signing of these two along with the previously signed players, we have made great strides in improving our ball club.”

Siedler and Shahine join right-handed pitchers Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) and Matt Nichols (Newburgh, Indiana) catcher/first baseman Christopher Turner (West Lafayette, Indiana) and catcher Jared Borders (Harrisburg, Illinois) in signing with the Eagles this summer.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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