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July 12, 2006

USI baseball signs three for 2007

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced the signing of junior college transfers Kevin O'Hair, Garrett Oros, and Nicholas Yoder for the 2007 season. The three are the first players to sign with USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta this summer.

O'Hair, an infielder, joins the USI program after a year with Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, Iowa). The native of Scottsdale, Arizona, batted .275 with 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored in helping IWCC to the regular season Iowa Community College Athletic Conference championship and the Region XI title. IWCC finished 2005 ranked as high as third nationally.

Prior to playing for IWCC, O'Hair also redshirted one season at Scottsdale Community College (Scottsdale, Arizona) in 2005 and played four years for Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Arizona).

Oros, a catcher, comes to USI from Kishwaukee College (Malta, Illinois) where he was named All-Region and All-Conference as a sophomore. The Aurora, Illinois, native hit .386 with 14 doubles and 35 RBIs.

Before beginning his collegiate career at Kishwaukee, Oros played for West Aurora High School (Aurora, Illinois). He was named Chicago Tribune All-State as a senior as well as Beacon News All-Area three times and the All-Dupage Valley Conference twice during his career.

"Kevin is an outstanding defensive player with great baseball instincts that will help solidify our infield," stated Archuleta. "Garrett is a proven hitter and is solid defensively behind the plate."

Yoder, a right-handed pitcher, becomes an Eagle after two seasons at the College of Lake County (Grayslake, Illinois). He posted a 4.89 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18 games and 46 innings of work as a freshman in 2004 and a 4.89 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 32 games and 53.1 innings pitched as a sophomore in 2005.

The native of Mundelein, Illinois, began his collegiate career at Lake County after four years at Mundelein High School. He was All-Lake County, Pioneer Press All-Area, All-Conference, and All-Lake Shore after recording a .425 batting average and a 1.33 ERA.

"Nick is a bulldog on the mound," said Archuleta. "He has a great work ethic and will be a great addition to our pitching staff."

O'Hair,Oros, and Yoder join infielder/outfielder Matthew Pleiss in signing with USI this year.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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