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April 27, 2006

Pleiss signs to play baseball at USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced the signing of Matthew Pleiss to a national letter of intent for the 2007 season. Pleiss is the first player to sign with USI Head Coach Mike Goedde this spring.

Pleiss, a infielder/outfielder, will come to USI from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. He is hitting .336 with 26 RBIs, two home runs, four doubles, and one triple in 42 games for the Vols, who are 33-15 in 2006.

Prior to joining the Vols baseball program, Pleiss played for Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana. Pleiss, who lettered in baseball, football, and wrestling for the Knights, was a .404 career hitter with 52 RBIs, 13 doubles, a triple, and eight home runs.

"Matt's experience at three positions makes him very attractive to our program," said Goedde. "He can play leftfield, first base, or catch and has experience hitting in the two-hole of the line-up.

"He comes from an outstanding program at John A. Logan," continued Goedde. "He will fill a void for us immediately."

USI (18-29, 15-27 GLVC) will finish the year by hosting Saint Joseph's College for a four-game series Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's doubleheader is Senior Day for the baseball team.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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