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April 16, 2007

USI baseball ranked nationally
Screaming Eagles enter poll tied for 29th

This Week in Eagles Baseball Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana baseball team entered the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Top 30 poll tied for 29th. The national ranking is a first for the Screaming Eagles since the 1999 season when the squad was ranked as high as 29th.

The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Top 30 poll is the official Division II poll and is voted upon by selected head coaches. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Top 25 poll, which is voted upon by sports information directors, is released each Wednesday.

USI was the only GLVC team ranked nationally in the poll, while Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which was ranked earlier in the season, did receive votes. The top team from the North Central Region was Grand Valley State University, which is ranked fourth nationally.

The Eagles return to GLVC play Tuesday against the University of Missouri-St. Louis at Gordon Moore Park in Alton, Illinois. Game time is 3 p.m.

Slade named GLVC Player of the Week
Senior rightfielder earns the award for second straight week

Hunter Slade

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second straight week, University of Southern Indiana senior rightfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana) was named the GLVC Player of the Week. Slade joins USI junior second baseman Darin Mastroianni (Huntersville, Indiana) in winning the honor twice this year.

Slade helped the Screaming Eagles to six wins last week and was a force at the plate. He finished the week eight-for-21 (.381) with 12 RBIs, four runs and two doubles.

The business major began the week in USI's doubleheader sweep of Missouri-St. Louis on Apr. 12 by going 2-for-6 on the day with two RBIs and a double.

The Eagles won four games at Lewis University over the weekend behind Slade's six hits and 10 RBIs. Including in his efforts was a 6-for-9 outing in the Eagles sweep on Apr. 14. He collected seven RBIs and a double in USI's 4-1 and 21-4 wins.

On the year, Slade is hitting .411 with 49 RBIs and 11 doubles. He has helped lead the Eagles to the top of the GLVC standings at 16-7. USI is 28-11 overall and will next face Missouri-St. Louis on Apr. 17.

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II Top 30 Poll

 1. Cal State Los Angeles, 35-4-1
 2. Ouachita Baptist, 42-4
 3. Kutztown,30-3
 4. Grand Valley State, 27-2
 5. Central Missouri, 36-6
 6. Columbus State, 38-9
 7. Tampa, 33-9
 8. Mesa State, 36-7
 9. Sonoma State, 37-6
10. Tusculum, 41-10
11. Georgia College & State, 36-11
12. Cal State Chico, 34-8
13. Abilene Christian, 34-11
14. Minnesota State Mankato, 26-4
15. Franklin Pierce, 27-5
16. Florida Southern, 32-11
      Delta State, 36-9
18. Mount Olive, 40-11
19. West Alabama, 30-13
20. Southern Arkansas, 35-12
21. St. Edward's (Texas), 33-10
22. Angelo State, 33-13
      Montevallo, 35-13
24. USC Upstate 28-19,
25. Florida Tech, 27-15
26. Francis Marion, 29-15
27. USC Aiken, 31-15
28. Lynn, 27-17
29. UC San Diego, 28-14
     Southern Indiana, 28-11
     Armstrong Atlantic State, 30-14
     California (Pa.), 22-11

Dropped Out: #26 West Chester, #T-27 Slippery Rock, #T-27 West Florida, #29 New Mexico Highlands, #T-30 Ashland, #T-30 Florida Gulf Coast

Also Receiving Votes: West Chester 18, Wayne State (Neb.) 10, Slippery Rock 10, Ashland 4, Florida Gulf Coast 2, West Virginia State 2, SIU Edwardsville 2, Adelphi 2, Belmont Abbey 1, Shippensburg 1, Caldwell 1, Nova Sout

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