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June 15, 2005

Keener named 2005 GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year

Indianapolis, IN Ė University of Southern Indianaís senior Matt Keener was named the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball. Since the end of the 2005 season, Keener has been named the USI Trustee Merit Award winner the recipient of the GLVC Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award first team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American first team All-GLVC and the USI/Integra Bank Male Student Athlete of the Year.

Over the duration of the baseball season, Keener led the Screaming Eagles in batting average (.381), doubles (14), home runs (4), slugging percentage (.561), and ERA (2.97). He also ranked second in runs scored (33) and stolen bases (14). He ranked in the top 10 for batting average and home runs in the GLVC.

In 2004, Keener became USI's first ever Academic All-American for baseball and was named both Academic All-GLVC and second team All-GLVC as an outfielder. This year, Keener has contributed to the Screaming Eaglesí team as an infielder, an outfielder, and a pitcher.

Keener earned a Bachelorís of Science in May after majoring in Marketing and German.

The Newburgh, Indiana, native is the fourth USI student athlete to be named GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2004-05. He joins junior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana), womenís cross country junior Jesse Davis (Bloomington, Indiana), menís cross country and junior Ashley Rees (Vincennes, Indiana), womenís tennis in earning the award.

USI student athletes have earned this award 15 times since it was created in the fall of 1998.

The Conference selects one student-athlete in each conference sport to be designated the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year. This award is based upon academic excellence, academic performance, and athletic accomplishments in the season upon which the award is based. Each conference member has the opportunity to nominate one individual from its team for the award. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average which meets the Academic All-America standard, and freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award. Winners are then voted on by each schoolís institutional representative.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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