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April 25, 2005

Six down, six to go on road trip

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana baseball team is 2-4 on the current road trip with six more to play before finishing the regular season at home. The Screaming Eagles resume their travels Tuesday when they go to the University of Missouri-St. Louis for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

USI (22-24 overall, 14-16 GLVC) concludes its road trip with a four-game series at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, Saturday and Sunday. Start times are scheduled for noon each day.

The Eagles start the week one game out of the GLVC Tournament in eighth place. Kentucky Wesleyan College is sixth with a 15-15 league record, while Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seventh at 14-14 in the conference. USI holds the tie-breaker over SIUE by winning the season series, 3-1, while KWC took the tie-breaker and the season series from the Eagles.

The top six GLVC teams will advance to the conference tournament May 12-15 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Senior utility player Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) has led the Eagles on the road trip with a .579 batting average, seven runs scored, six RBIs, and a .789 slugging percentage. He also has a team-best .375 batting average in 44 games with 34 RBIs, 13 doubles, and four home runs.

Keener, who is slated as one of the starters on Tuesday, leads the USI hurlers with a 3.06 ERA in seven appearances and 32.1 innings of work. He is 2-3 in his five starts.

UMSL (15-24, 7-21 GLVC) has struggled this season, snapping a 12-game losing streak with a nightcap victory over the University of Indianapolis on Sunday. USI swept the first doubleheader from the Rivermen earlier this month at the USI Baseball Field and tied the all-time series, 25-25.

SJC (28-13, 20-6 GLVC) has cooled from the torrid pace it opened the 2005 conference season. The Pumas are 5-5 (.500) since starting conference play 15-1. USI leads the all-time series 25-19 after splitting four games last season in Evansville.

After the weekend series with SJC, the Eagles will finish the regular season by hosting Northern Kentucky University May 7-8 at the USI Baseball Field.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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