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April 04, 2008

USI begins five-game homestand Saturday
Homestand with four-game series against Missouri S&T

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team returns to the friendly surroundings of the USI Baseball Field for the next five games, beginning with a four-game series against Missouri University Science & Technology this weekend. The Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders are scheduled for a noon start each day.

The Screaming Eagles (18-11, 9-2 GLVC) are coming off a 3-3 road trip, but won three out of four conference games from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. USI starts the week with a 3.5 game lead over second-place University of Missouri-St. Louis and a four-game lead over third-place Missouri S&T in the GLVC West Division.

Individually on the road trip, junior third baseman Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana) led the team with a .300 batting average. Junior rightfielder Chad Werry (New Harmony, Indiana) was USI's top run producer on the trip with six RBIs and a pair of home runs.

USI senior left-hander Cory Julian (Lynnville, Indiana) led the Eagles on the mound at SIUE, winning two starts without allowing an earned run in 16 innings of work.

For the season, junior second baseman Josh Huebner (Evansville, Indiana) leads the USI hitters with a .404 batting average and 16 stolen bases. Senior first baseman Matt Pleiss (Newburgh, Indiana) is second on the team with a .382 batting average and 18 RBIs.

On the mound, senior right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) leads the Eagle hurlers with a 5-1 overall record. Julian is second on the team with a 4-2 mark and has lowered his ERA over one run per game in the last week to 2.40.

USI sophomore right-hander Casey Geiger (Albion, Indiana) has USI's top ERA at 1.78 in a team-high 14 appearances (13 out of the bullpen). Geiger also has a 3-2 record.

The Miners of Missouri S&T (11-13, 5-6 GLVC) come to Evansville on a high note, having won three of their last four games. Missouri S&T finished a 14-game homestand last weekend by taking two of three from Rockhurst University.

The Eagles have won the first five meetings in the series with the Miners that began in 2006. USI swept the three games from Missouri S&T last year, winning a road doubleheader and a single home game.

In the home victory last year, the Eagles came back from a 7-0 first inning deficit with a run in the bottom of the eight and ninth to win 9-8.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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