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April 23, 2007

USI-Bellarmine battle for first on Wednesday
Eagles start Alumni Weekend by hosting Indianapolis at Bosse Field

This Week in Eagles Baseball Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team resumes its battle for first place in the GLVC when it hosts Bellarmine University for a 1 p.m. conference doubleheader Wednesday at the USI Baseball Field. USI (32-14, 20-10 GLVC) starts the week with a half-game lead over the Bellarmine (23-23, 19-10 GLVC).

The Screaming Eagles, who only received votes for the lastest top 30 poll, are coming off of a 3-3 week in the GLVC. They began the week with a doubleheader sweep of University of Missouri-St. Louis had a single game loss to Kentucky Wesleyan College mid-week and salvaged one of three games at Rockhurst University. The Eagles also completed a win over KWC that had been suspended from March 14.

The Eagles continue to be led by USI junior second baseman Darin Mastroianni (Huntersville, North Carolina). Mastroianni added to his season-record stolen base totals by swiping his 40th base in 42 attempts. He also has a team-best .401 batting average and 48 runs scored.

USI senior rightfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana) follows with a .364 batting average and a team-high 52 RBIs.

On the mound, senior right-hander Adam Summers (Dyer, Indiana) leads the Eagles with a 6-2 record. The six wins is two shy of the USI single-season record. Summers also leads the team with 44 strikeouts, while freshman right-hander Casey Geiger (Albion, Indiana) has a team-best 0.98 ERA.

Bellarmine is coming off of a 2-4 week after dropping three of four at Quincy University last weekend. USI won three of four games with Bellarmine last year and leads the all-time series 54-50.

The USI-Indianapolis three-game series will be Alumni Weekend for the Eagles. The festivities include a night game Bosse Field Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Varsity Club Day on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Senior Day Sunday at 1 p.m. USI will honor the seven seniors prior to the start of the single game on Sunday.

On Friday, the Eagles will play their first home night game since 1995 when they host the University of Indianapolis at Bosse Field. USI won its last appearance at Bosse when the Eagles defeated Cumberland University on Senior Night.

Indianapolis (23-21, 16-13 GLVC) begins the week in the hunt for a spot in the GLVC Tournament. The Greyhounds host Northern Kentucky University Wednesday for a doubleheader, prior to playing USI.

The Eagles trail the Greyhounds in the all-time series, 39-29, and lost three of four to UIndy last year.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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