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April 30, 2007

Julian named GLVC Pitcher of the Week
USI goes on the road for the final four the regular season

This Week in Eagles Baseball Notes

Cory Julian

EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana junior left-handed pitcher Cory Julian (Lynnville, Indiana) was named the GLVC Pitcher of the Week after leading the Screaming Eagles to a 4-0 victory over the University of Indianapolis Sunday. The honor was the first for a USI hurler this season and the fifth player of the week award of the year for the Eagles as a team.

Julian threw his first shutout of the year and collected his fourth complete game in the victory. He scattered six hits and struck out six Greyhound batters to earn the victory, his fifth of the season.

Overall, Julian is 5-2 with a 2.06 earned run average. He is second on the team with 42 strikeouts and has worked 70 innings for the Eagles this season.

For the USI baseball team, the Eagles will finish the 2007 regular season campaign on the road when it travels to Bellarmine University Tuesday for a single game and Drury University Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series. The Eagles (35-16, 23-12 GLVC) need a victory to clinch a spot in the GLVC Tournament for the first time since 2001.

The Eagles start the final month of the year in second place, two-games behind first place Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a half-game ahead of third place Bellarmine. USI also is 4.5 games ahead of Saint Joseph's College, which currently has a hold on the final spot in the GLVC Tournament.

USI was 3-2 last week, splitting a doubleheader at home with Bellarmine and taking two-of-three from the University of Indianapolis over the weekend.

In the batting order, junior second baseman Darin Mastroianni (Huntersville, North Carolina) raised his batting average over the .400 mark to .410 and stole six bases to raise his school record total to 45 thefts in 48 attempts. Mastroianni, who had his first home run in GLVC play against Indianapolis on Sunday, also leads the team with 50 runs scored.

On the mound, senior right-handed pitcher Adam Summers (Dyer, Indiana) won his team-best seventh game of the year on Friday against Indianapolis. The seventh win equaled a career-high for Summers and put him within one victory of tying the USI single-season record of eight.

The USI record for wins in a season is held by a who's-who of Eagle hurlers, including Jay Winters, Rudy Boals, Mike Fetscher (twice), Todd Niemeier, Greg Orr, Damon Brown, and Todd Krapf.

USI freshman right-hander Casey Geiger (Albion, Indiana) has the team-best ERA with a 1.08 in 10 appearances and 33.1 innings of work. Entering the final month of the season, Geiger can set his sights on the USI single-season record of 1.36 that was set by Dave Sensenbrenner in 1979 and tied by Nathan Arnold last season.

While USI needs one victory to clinch a spot in the GLVC Tournament, Bellarmine (26-25, 22-12) needs a pair of victories this week to assure itself a spot in the conference tournament. The Knights equaled the Eagles' pace in the GLVC by going 3-2 last week.

The Eagles finish the regular season by going to Springfield, Missouri, for the first baseball game between the USI and Drury. Drury (25-21, 20-13 GLVC) is fifth in the GLVC during its inaugural baseball season.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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