April 12, 2006
USI ranks 17th nationally in pitching
Saturday's opener features USI's Arnold vs. SIUE's Jones
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana baseball team ranks 17th nationally in the NCAA Division II with a 3.07 ERA. The 3.07 ERA is on track to break the USI single season record of 3.36 in 1972.
The Screaming Eagles (14-22, 11-21 GLVC), who rank sixth in the GLVC in ERA, host the nation's and conference's best pitching team – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Saturday at the USI Baseball Field. The Cougars (23-11-1, 18-10-1 GLVC), who have a team 1.86 ERA in 35 games, host the Eagles Sunday at the Simmons Baseball Complex in Edwardsville, Illinois on Sunday.
First pitch for the Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Individually, senior left-hander Nathan Arnold
(Evansville, Indiana) leads the team and ranks second nationally with a 0.81 ERA (minimum 25 innings pitched). Arnold, who is 2-3 in six starts, has limited the opposition to just five runs (four earned) and a .236 batting average in 44.2 innings of work. He set a USI single-game record last weekend when he pitched 11 2/3 innings before taking a 1-0 loss on an unearned run. All three of Arnold's losses this season have been 1-0.
In the GLVC, Arnold ranks first in fewest walks allowed and second in complete games and ERA.
The SIUE opponent for Arnold in Saturday's opener will be senior right-hander Kyle Jones, the nation's best in ERA at 0.00. Jones established a new NCAA Division II record of 48 scoreless innings and tied the NCAA II single-season record for complete game shutouts last weekend when he defeated Lewis University, 1-0.
Arnold is followed on the team by junior right-handers Adam Summers
(Dyer, Indiana), who is 3-2 with a 2.51 ERA in six starts, and Adam Vetter
(Crown Point, Indiana), who is 3-2 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information