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February 12, 2008

USI baseball heads back south
Eagles looking for first win at Henderson State

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team will be in its search of its first victory of the season when its heads south for a three-game series at Henderson State University in Arkedelphia, Arkansas. The Screaming Eagles and the Reddies play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday at noon each day.

The Eagles fell to 22nd in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 poll after suffering through a 0-3 series at Armstrong Atlantic State University last weekend. USI was led during the series by junior second baseman Kevin O'Hair (Scottsdale, Arizona), who went four-for-10 with four RBIs in the series.

The Reddies of Henderson State are 3-3 to start the year after sweeping Southwest Oklahoma University and losing three straight to Tarleton State University.

The Eagles also will be looking for a better outcome against the Reddies after going 1-3 last year. USI won the opening game 11-10 before Henderson State bounced back to win 19-1, 10-9, and 9-8 in the next three games.

Following the completion of the three-games at Henderson State, the Eagles return to the friendly surroundings of the USI Baseball Field and the home opening tournament on February 22-24. The tournament will feature USI, Missouri Western State University, and Winona State University.

2008 Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Poll

 1. Tampa, 6-0
 2. Ouachita Baptist, 6-0
     Mount Olive, 6-1
 4. Cal State Chico, 5-1
 5. West Alabama, 6-1
 6. Tusculum, 5-2
 7. Franklin Pierce, 0-0
     Grand Valley State, 0-0
 9. Armstrong Atlantic State, 6-0
10. Delta State, 4-2
     Southern Arkansas, 7-1
12. Florida Southern, 4-3
13. Georgia College & State, 3-2
14. UC San Diego, 7-2
15. Central Oklahoma, 4-0
16. Emporia State, 0-0
17. Columbus State, 4-3
18. Montevallo, 5-0
19. Minnesota State Mankato, 0-0
20. Francis Marion, 7-1
21. West Chester, 0-0
22. Southern Indiana, 0-3
23. SIU Edwardsville, 0-0
24. Mesa State, 4-4
     California (Pa.), 0-0
26. USC Aiken, 4-2
27. North Alabama, 3-0
28. Ashland, 0-0
29. Slippery Rock, 0-0
     Catawba, 5-2

Also Receiving Votes: Indianapolis 16, Wayne State (Neb.) 10, Shippensburg 10, Nebraska - Omaha 8, Adelphi 8, New Mexico Highlands 6, Bryant 6, Erskine 4, North Georgia 4, West Virginia State 2, Bryant 1, Fort Hays State 1, Tarleton State 1, Angelo State 1, Abilene Christian 1, St. Mary's (Texas) 1, Northern Kentucky 1, Barry 1, Nova Southeastern 1, Carson-Newman 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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