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April 24, 2008

Eagles start final homestand Friday
USI-UMSL open four-game series at Bosse Field

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team hosts its final homestand of the regular season when the University of Missouri-St. Louis comes to town for a four-game series. The series starts with a 7 p.m. single game Friday night at Bosse Field before finishing with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a noon single contest Sunday at the USI Baseball Field. Admission to the USI-UMSL game at Bosse Field is free.

The single game on Sunday is Senior Day for the Screaming Eagles.

The Eagles (31-13, 19-4 GLVC) begin this week's conference action looking to clinch its first GLVC West Division title and its first conference crown in 15 years. The last time USI won the GLVC regular season crown was 1993 when the team also won the GLVC Tournament championship.

USI also is looking to finish a successful home schedule on a positive note. The Eagles are 22-5 at home this season.

Leading the Eagles is junior second baseman Josh Huebner (Evansville, Indiana), who is hitting .384 with a team-high 31 runs scored, and 26 stolen bases. Huebner also is tied for first in RBIs with junior rightfielder Chad Werry (New Harmony, Indiana) and sophomore shortstop Wes Fink (Clarksville, Tennessee) with 27 each. Werry and Fink also are tied for the team lead with five home runs each.

On the mound, senior right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) will be attempting to tie the USI single-season record for wins when he pitches on Saturday. Kehrt (7-1) is 13-1 over the last two seasons for the Eagles.

Kehrt is tied for the team lead in wins with sophomore right-hander Casey Geiger (Albion, Indiana). Geiger (7-2) has recorded seven wins out of the bullpen and has the team's top ERA at 1.50.

The Tritons of UMSL (15-21, 9-13 GLVC) are currently in sixth place in the GLVC West Division, but have won four of their last six contests. UMSL started this week's action by falling to St. Louis University, 7-6, on Tuesday.

USI leads the all-time series with UMSL, 32-27, after sweeping the four conference games last season.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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