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March 13, 2008

USI baseball opens GLVC play
Screaming Eagles to host UW-Parkside this weekend

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team opens GLVC play this weekend when its hosts the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for a four-game series Saturday and Sunday at the USI Baseball Field. The first pitch of the doubleheaders is noon each day.

USI (7-7) enters conference play on a three-game winning streak and has won four of its last five games. The Screaming Eagles have won three of four games this week, splitting a doubleheader with Wayne State University and sweeping a doubleheader from Oakland City University.

The Eagles are 5-3 during the homestand with 10 games left at the USI Baseball Field before the squad makes its first conference road trip of the year.

At the plate, USI is led by sophomore infielder Josh Huebner (Evansville, Indiana), who has a team-leading .372 batting average. Senior first baseman Matt Pleiss (Newburgh, Indiana) has knocked in a team-best 10 RBIs, while junior shortstop Wes Fink (Clarksville, Tennessee) has a team-high two home runs.

During the homestand, senior centerfielder Michael Beaven (Indianapolis, Indiana) has a team-high .391 batting average and seven runs scored. Fink has the team's only home run during the homestand and has a team-best seven RBIs.

On the mound, senior right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) and P.J. Thomas (Jeffersonville, Indiana) have the team lead with a two wins each. Both hurlers have recorded their victories during the homestand.

Thomas also combined with junior Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana) for a no-hitter against Oakland City on Tuesday.

The Rangers (0-4) of UW-Parkside are still looking for their first victory in 2008. UW-Parkside started the year with four-straight losses to Grand Valley State University at a neutral site in Pittsburg, Kansas. UWP freshman first baseman/outfielder John Hasser leads the Ranger hitters with a .429 batting average.

UWP leads the all-time series with USI, 21-15, after winning two of three from the Eagles last year.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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