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March 28, 2005

Eagles to play at home on Tuesday
USI-Bellarmine doubleheader moved to the USI Baseball Field

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana-Bellarmine University doubleheader, scheduled to be played in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday, has been moved to the USI Baseball Field. The GLVC doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start.

The location of the doubleheader had to be moved due to poor field conditions at Bellarmine after this weekend’s heavy rains.

USI hopes to use the home games to get back on track in the GLVC.

The Screaming Eagles (9-13, 1-5 GLVC) were grounded last weekend by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which swept the four games series. The Eagles will try to get airborne this week with six conference games – four at home and two on the road.

After the doubleheader with Bellarmine on Tuesday, USI will play a home-and-home four game series with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. USI and SIUE begin the four-game series in Edwardsville Saturday and complete the series at the USI Baseball Field Sunday. Start times this weekend will be 1 p.m.

USI senior outfielders Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) and Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) lead the way offensively for the Eagles. Wetzel is tops on the squad with a .387 batting average and 11 stolen bases. Keener is second to Wetzel in batting average at .342 and leads the team with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

The Knights of Bellarmine (5-16, 0-6 GLVC), USI’s first opponent this week, is coming off a tough weekend. Bellarmine dropped a pair to Quincy University before the being rained-out on Sunday.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 52-45, with the Eagles and the Knights splitting the last 14 games.

The Cougars of SIUE (9-6, 4-4 GLVC) begin their week by hosting Kentucky Wesleyan College Tuesday afternoon. SIUE split its four-game series with Lewis University last weekend after splitting a series with Northern Kentucky University to begin GLVC play earlier in the month.

SIUE leads the all-time series, with USI, 50-34, and is 10-6 against the Eagles since 2000.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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