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June 15, 2007

Thomas signs with USI baseball

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced that right-handed pitcher Patrick (P.J.) Thomas (Jeffersonville, Indiana) has accepted a scholarship to play for the Screaming Eagles in 2008. Thomas makes the eighth player to commit to USI and Head Coach Tracy Archuleta for 2008.

Thomas comes to USI from Wabash Valley College where he played for the Warriors the last two seasons. He was 6-5 last season with a 5.66 ERA in 16 games and 68.1 innings of work. The right-handed hurler also struck out a team-high 66 batters.

Prior to playing for Wabash Valley, Thomas was a three-sport athlete at Jeffersonville High School (Jeffersonville, Indiana). He was named All-State in baseball in 2005 while pitching for the Red Devils. The Jeffersonville native also lettered in football and basketball.

Thomas is considered a major league prospect, being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round out of high school in 2005 and the 49th round after his first year at Wabash Valley.

"Thomas is a significant signing for USI," said Archuleta. "He has a live arm and a lot of potential.

"With this signing, combined with the returning players and the earlier signees, the pitching staff should be restocked for next season," concluded Archuleta.

Thomas joins catcher Kyle Rowley (Indianapolis, Indiana) infielders Eric Barnes (Evansville, Indiana), Josh Huebner (Evansville, Indiana), and Wesley Fink (Clarksville, Tennessee) and pitchers Shaun Larsen (Tell City, Indiana), Patrick Crider (Owensboro, Kentucky), and Derek Dever (Owensboro, Kentucky) in signing with USI this year.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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