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March 04, 2008

USI baseball resumes homestand Wednesday
Eagles host Oakland City and Wayne State this week

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team resumes its homestand Wednesday when it hosts Oakland City University for a rescheduled doubleheader and concludes the home stretch this weekend with a three-game series versus Wayne State University. The first pitch of the USI-OCU doubleheader on Wednesday and the USI-WSU three-game series on Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for noon.

Michael
Beaven

The Screaming Eagles are 1-2 during the homestand, which was originally slated to be a 10-game stretch. Mother Nature took away the first three games and forced the change of last week's USI-OCU single game into a doubleheader.

USI, which dropped out of the latest national poll, had a rough opening to the home schedule last weekend against fifth-ranked Grand Valley State University. The Eagles won the middle game, 6-4, but the Lakers took the opener and the finale, 14-2 and 10-6.

Leading the Eagles was senior centerfielder Michael Beaven (Indianapolis, Indiana). Beaven hit .556 (5-9) against the Lakers with a double, a run scored, and four RBIs in the three games.

USI junior third baseman Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana) also had five hits against the Lakers, hitting .385 with a run, two doubles, and four RBIs.

Royle
Beach



For the year, junior leftfielder Royle Beach (Aurora, Colorado) leads the USI hitters with a .370 average and five runs scored. Senior first baseman Matt Pleiss (Newburgh, Indiana) and junior infielder Kevin O'Hair (Scottsdale, Arizona) are tied for the team lead with six RBIs each.

On the mound, senior right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) picked up the Eagles' win against the Lakers. Kehrt (1-1) went five innings and gave up four runs in USI's 6-4 victory. Junior right-handed reliever Shaun Larsen (Tell City, Indiana) closed the game for Kehrt to earn his second save of the year.

Larsen allowed three hits and struck out three in his two innings of work.

The Mighty Oaks of Oakland City (0-3) opened the 2008 campaign by losing a three-game series at the University of Indianapolis last weekend. OCU was 20-27 last year.

USI leads the all-time series with Oakland City, 76-9, after sweeping the three games against the Mighty Oaks last season.

The Warriors of Wayne State (1-1) have not played a game since February 24 when they split a pair of neutral site games. WSU, which was 29-22 last year, opened the 2008 campaign by losing to GVSU, 5-2, and defeating Northern Kentucky University, 2-1. The Warriors had a three-game series with Quincy University canceled last weekend due to weather.

The three-game series between USI and WSU are the first meetings between the two schools in baseball.


Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information


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