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May 10, 2007

Mastroianni named GLVC Player of the Year
Mastroianni and Slade receive 1st team conference and academic district honors

CASEYVILLE, Ill.. University of Southern Indiana junior second baseman Darin Mastroianni (Huntersville, North Carolina) was named the GLVC Player of the Year in a vote of the conference head coaches. Mastroianni, who also was named the first team All-GLVC second baseman, was joined on the first team by senor outfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana).

Darin Mastroianni

The USI duo also was named to the first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The District V award covers student athletes with at least a 3.2 grade point average from NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario, and Manitoba.

Mastroianni, a business administration major, and Slade, business major, advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division ballot. USI's Matt Keener was named Academic All-American twice while a member of the Eagles' baseball team (1994, 1995).

Hunter Slade

In leading a resurgence of the USI baseball team this season, Mastroianni leads the team and the GLVC with a .397 batting average and 49 stolen bases (a USI single season record). The two-time GLVC Player of the Week also ranks second nationally in stolen bases and ranks in the top five of GLVC in 16 offensive and defensive categories.

Slade, who also has been named GLVC Player of the Week twice this year, is second on the team with a .344 batting average and ranks first on the team and in the GLVC with 55 RBIs. The 55 RBIs is nine short of the USI single-season record of 64 set by Jason Krack in 1994.

Slade also ranks in the top five of four GLVC offensive categories.

Mastroianni and Slade lead the Eagles (36-19) in to the GLVC Tournament today against Saint Joseph's College at 3 p.m. today. The conference tournament is being played at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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