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May 03, 2005

USI baseball finishes 2005 schedule at home
Senior Day scheduled for Sunday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana baseball team concludes the 2005 regular season campaign by hosting a four-game series with Northern Kentucky University this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader is Varsity Club Day, while Sunday’s doubleheader is Senior Day at the USI Baseball Field.

The first pitch Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for noon each day. Prior to Sunday’s game, USI will honor its 10 seniors – second baseman Bryan Davis (West Chester Ohio) designated hitter Andy Rock (West Chester, Ohio) utility player Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) shortstop Corey Goers (LaPorte, Indiana) catcher/first baseman Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Michigan) infielder/outfielder Jared Tekulve (Madison, Indiana) centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) right-handed pitcher Andy Rock (Hamilton, Ohio) right-handed pitcher Matt Goans (Evansville, Indiana) and right-handed pitcher Jae Fadde (West Lafayette, Indiana).

The Screaming Eagles (24-28 overall, 16-20 GLVC) are hoping to finish the regular season on a positive note after being swept by Saint Joseph’s College last weekend. USI is still mathematically in the race to make the league tournament May 12-15, but will need to win its final four games to have a chance.

USI will be a little shorthanded this weekend due to a knee injury to Keener. Keener, who suffered the injury in a collision with Wetzel in the second game Saturday at SJC, currently leads the team with a .381 batting average and 38 RBIs at the plate and a 2.97 ERA on the mound.

Wetzel is second on the squad with a .337 batting average and leads the team with 41 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.

On the mound, sophomore right-hander Adam Summers (Dyer, Indiana) leads USI with a 6-2 record and follows Keener with a 3.78 ERA. Sophomore right-hander Adam Vetter (Crown Point, Indiana) trails Summers in the win column with a 4-4 record.

Northern Kentucky (26-22, 18-12 GLVC), which hosts Bellarmine on Wednesday for a doubleheader prior to coming to USI, enters the week looking to lock down the number three seed in the GLVC Tournament. The Norse were 3-3 last week, despite losing three of four to Quincy University last weekend.

USI leads all-time series with NKU, 36-27. The Norse prevented USI from advancing to last season’s GLVC Tournament by sweeping the Eagles in Highland Heights, Kentucky, in 2004 after the Eagles did the same to the Norse in 2003.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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