November 16, 2006
USI baseball signs a pair
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced the signing of catcher Kyle Rowley (Indianapolis, Indiana) and infielder Eric Barnes (Evansville, Indiana) to NCAA national letters of intent for the 2008 season. The two players are the first to sign with USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta in the early signing period.
Rowley, a right-handed hitting catcher, will transfer to USI from St. Catharine College (St. Catharine, Kentucky), where he batted .356 as a freshman. He also posted three home runs, three doubles, and 14 RBIs.
Prior to playing for St. Catharine, Rowley lettered in baseball at Perry Meridian High School. He was named All-Conference Indiana twice (2004 and 2005) and was a member of the Indiana North-South All-Stars in 2005.
"Rowley is a good hitting catcher, which makes him a valuable commodity," said Archuleta. "He had a strong start to his collegiate career at St. Catharine and should continue to develop."
Barnes is a senior at Bosse High School (Evansville, Indiana), where he has lettered in baseball during his first three years playing for former USI third baseman Jeremy Jones. He was named first team All-Conference, All-Area, and All-Metro as a junior when he hit .396 with 25 RBIs, 28 runs scored, and two home runs.
The Bulldog infielder also was a member of the Eugene Pate American Legion 2006 sectional championship team.
"Barnes is a good all-around athlete," Archuleta said. "He has a strong bat and will have the ability to play multiple positions for us."
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information