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May 16, 2007

Slade, Mastroianni earn All-Region honors

Daktronics, Inc. All-North Central Region Teams

EVANSVILLE, Ind.University of Southern Indiana baseball senior rightfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana) and junior second baseman Darin Mastroianni (Huntersville, North Carolina) were named to the inaugural Daktronics, Inc. All-North Central Region Team Wednesday in a vote by the region's sports information directors.

Hunter Slade

Slade was tabbed to the first team after leading the Screaming Eagles and the GLVC with a career-high 58 RBIs in 2007. Slade, who earned first-team All-GLVC and Academic All-District V honors, is second on the team in batting average (.340) and needs just six RBIs to match the single-season mark of 64, which was set by Jason Krack in 1994.

Darin Mastroianni

Mastroianni, the GLVC Player of the Year as well as a first-team All-League and Academic All-District V selection in 2007, was named to the second team after racking up a team-best .393 batting average to go along with a league-best 56 runs scored and a school-record 52 stolen bases. He is second on the team and fourth in the GLVC with 41 RBIs and is third in the conference with a .519 slugging percentage. His 81 hits also lead the league and are a new USI single-season record.

USI (37-21) opens the NCAA II North Central Region Tournament Thursday against No. 25-ranked Ashland University at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio. USI is the fifth-seed in the six-team tournament field, while Ashland is the second seed.

First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. (CDT) and can be listened to via the web at Live stats also are available.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information

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