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April 19, 2005

USI baseball goes on road to Bellarmine
Screaming Eagles to play 12-straight on the road

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After playing 14-straight at home, the University of Southern Indiana baseball team will get a taste of life on the road when they play their next 12-straight on the road. USI begin its travels Wednesday, traveling to Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Screaming Eagles will finish their week at Quincy University for a GLVC four-game series Saturday and Sunday. All of USI’s doubleheaders this week are scheduled for noon starts.

The Eagles (20-20 overall, 12-12 GLVC) were 3-3 last week after bouncing back to take three of four from Lewis University over the week. Overall, USI was 9-5 during the 14-game homestand.

USI senior centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) led the Eagles during the homestand by hitting .366 with 11 runs scored and six stolen bases. Freshman leftfielder Justin Wolfe (Brookville, Indiana) followed Wetzel by hitting .350 during the 14-games.

Wolfe was one of the hottest hitters for the Eagles during last week’s action and raised his batting average from .250 at the beginning of the week to .301 by the end of the weekend.

Overall, Wetzel leads the team with a .357 batting average, 30 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases. Senior utility player Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) is second on the team with a .344 batting average and leads the team with 28 RBIs, 11 doubles, four home runs, and a .528 slugging percentage.

USI sophomore right-hander Adam Summers (Dyer, Indiana) leads the Eagles on the mound with a 6-1 overall record and four complete games. Summers’ six wins are just two short of the school record of eight that is shared by seven former hurlers.

Keener, a right-hander, leads the USI starters with a 3.06 ERA, while senior right-hander Jae Fadde (West Lafayette, Indiana) leads the Eagles with 57.1 innings pitched, 41 strike outs, and a .233 opponent’s batting average. Fadde also sports a 3.14 ERA and a 3-3 record.

In the bullpen, junior left-hander Nathan Arnold (Evansville, Indiana) leads USI with four saves in 12 appearances.

The Knights of Bellarmine are one of the hottest teams in the GLVC since visiting the USI Baseball Field in March. Since starting conference play 0-6, Bellarmine has won 15 of their last 18 and is riding a five-game winning streak.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 53-46, with the Eagles and the Knights splitting the last 16 games.

While Bellarmine is one of the hottest teams in the GLVC, Quincy has struggled lately. The Hawks have lost 7 of the last eight and were 1-3 last weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Quincy leads the all-time series, 14-12, and is 10-6 against USI since 2000.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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