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April 02, 2007

USI to play UMR and UE Tuesday and Wednesday

This Week in Eagles Baseball Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team starts the second half of the season by hosting the University of Missouri-Rolla Tuesday and playing in the "Battle at the Braun" against the University of Evansville Wednesday. The first pitch between USI and UMR is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, while the "Battle at the Braun" is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

The Screaming Eagles were 4-1 last week, winning a road-doubleheader at UMR and taking two of three from Quincy University at home last weekend. Two of the four victories came in extra innings.

USI was led last week by junior leftfielder Bryan Rudden (Crystal Lake, Illinois) and sophomore third baseman Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana), each hitting .500 in the five games. Rudden, USI's lead-off hitter, was nine-of-18 at the plate with four runs scored and four stolen bases.

Thieroff raised his batting average 50 points last week from .250 to .302 for the season. He was nine-of-18 at the plate with four runs scored, four RBIs, and four doubles.

Also having a good week for the Eagles was senior rightfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana). Slade hit .412 with a double, four runs scored, and a team-high five RBIs in 17 plate appearances.

On the mound, USI was led by senior right-handers Adam Summers (Dyer, Indiana) and Aaron Clark (Madisonville, Indiana) as well as junior left-hander Cory Julian (Lynnville, Indiana). Summers (4-1) went 11 innings Saturday for the 4-3 win over Quincy, while Clark (1-0) needed just 67 pitches to defeat UMR last week, 2-0. Julian (3-2) got the victory in USI's 12-0 win over Quincy, throwing seven shutout innings.

UMR (12-14, 5-11 GLVC) has won three in a row since losing the doubleheader to USI last week. The Miners swept a three-game road series from Lewis University last week.

With the doubleheader sweep last week, USI leads the all-time series with UMR, 5-0.

Evansville (19-11) is 3-2 in its last five games after taking two of three from Southern Illinois University over the weekend. The Aces have won all three of the previous "Battle at the Braun" games and leads the all-time series 27-18.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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