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July 27, 2006

USI baseball adds three hurlers for 2006

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced the addition of three junior right-handed pitchers Daniel Dollison, Brook Meier, and Aaron Schmitt for the 2006 season. USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta has had seven players commit to the program this summer.

Dollison transfers from the University of Evansville. He pitched in three games and 2.2 innings out of the bullpen as a freshman in 2005 without allowing a run.

Prior to joining the Purple Aces, Dollison was a four-year starter at Central High School (Evansville, Indiana) where he was an All-Conference selection. He had a 15-5 career record to go with a 2.50 ERA. Dollison's high school career was highlighted by a relief appearance in which he struck out 16 Harrison High School batters without allowing a hit over seven innings.

Schmitt also returns to Evansville after spending two seasons at Parkland Community College where he was a NJCAA Academic All-American and a member of the Cobra's 2005 NJCAA national runner-up team. He also was the PCC Student Athlete of the Year in 2006 after posting a 3-1 record with a save and a 2.46 ERA.

In high school, Schmitt lettered in baseball and football at Reitz Memorial High School (Evansville, Indiana).

Meier transfers to USI from Illinois Valley Community College. He pitched in 2004 and 2006 for the IVCC, helping lead the Eagles to the 2004 district championship.

The native of Rock Falls, Illinois, had a 1.93 ERA and seven saves in 14 innings of work in 2004 and a 1.78 ERA and in 45 innings in 2006. He also had a junior college career total of 50 strikeouts over two seasons.

Before beginning his collegiate career, Meier earned 10 letters in baseball, basketball, and football at Rock Falls High School (Rock Falls, Illinois) and was a member of the 2002 Rockets baseball team that won the Illinois 2A state championship.

"I am excited to announce the addition of three quality pitchers to our staff," said Archuleta. "Aaron is a true competitor with great control and understands what it takes to win. Danny and Brook are hard throwing right-handers that are a great additions to our staff."

Dollison, Meier, and Schmitt join junior college transfers Kevin O'Hair, an infielder Garrett Oros, a catcher Matthew Pleiss, an infielder/outfielder and right-handed pitcher Nicholas Yoder in committing to the Eagles for 2007.

Ray Simmons

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