April 21, 2006
USI and Lewis start four-game series Saturday
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana baseball team will play its last nine games of the 2006 regular season in Evansville, including eight GLVC games at the USI Baseball Field. The Screaming Eagles begin an eight-game conference homestand by hosting Lewis University for a four-game series this weekend.
The first pitch Saturday and Sunday is noon each day.
The Eagles (17-25, 14-24 GLVC) are still in contention for one of the six spots in the GLVC Tournament scheduled for May 11-14 at GMC Stadium in Sauget, Illinois. The squad is currently six games back of Saint Joseph's College, which comes to USI for a four-game series April 29-30.
USI has already made up some ground this week with a doubleheader sweep of Bellarmine University (1-0 and 12-10) on Wednesday. Senior first baseman/catcher Chris Turner
(West Lafayette, Indiana) has led the Eagles this week, hitting .500 (3-6) with two triples and five RBIs in the two games.
Freshman centerfielder Chad Werry
(New Harmony, Indiana) follows Turner at the plate this week, hitting .429 (3-7) with three runs scored and a double against Bellarmine. Werry leads the Eagles for the season with a .299 average with three home runs and 21 RBIs.
On the mound, USI Head Coach Mike Goedde has a pitching staff ranked 14th nationally with a 3.13 ERA. Leading the way is senior left-hander Nathan Arnold
(Evansville, Indiana), who is ranked third nationally with a 0.87 ERA in 51.2 innings of work junior right-hander Adam Summers
(Dyer, Indiana), who is 3-2 with a 2.47 ERA and is tied for second on the team with 39 strikeouts and junior right-hander Adam Vetter
(Crown Point, Indiana), who is coming off a no-hitter and leads the team with a 4-2 record. Vetter also leads the Eagles in wins and strikeouts.
One of USI's oldest rivals in baseball, Lewis (7-35 overall, 6-28 GLVC) had some success on the field during the last two weeks of play. The Flyers started the year by winning just three of its first 35 games overall and two of the first 27 conference games.
Lewis has won four of its last seven games, including a split with Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.
At the plate, the Flyers are led by senior outfielder Darryl Jenkins, who is hitting .304 with 18 RBIs. He is followed by senior third baseman Victor Naut, who has posted a .288 batting average with a team-high 27 RBIs.
Lewis is led on the mound by sophomore right-hander Tim Harmatys, who is 2-4 with a 3.02 ERA. The Flyer staff also features sophomore left-hander Jon Guzzo with a 2-5 record and a 3.89 ERA.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information