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June 09, 2008

Kehrt drafted by Boston Red Sox
USI right-hander is fifth Eagle to go in MLB draft

2008 MLB Draft Central


EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana senior right-handed pitcher Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) was drafted in the 47th round by the Boston Red Sox in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft last week.

Kehrt was the 27th pick of the 47th round, the 1,423rd pick overall, and the 49th player selected by the Red Sox. He is the fifth Screaming Eagle in the history of the program to be selected in the MLB draft.

Previous Screaming Eagles to be selected in the MLB draft are Kevin Brown, who was taken in the second round (56th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 1994 Darin Mastroianni, who was drafted in the 16th round (505th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays Todd Niemeier, who was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 36th round (986 overall) in 1995 and Jeff Schulz, who was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 23rd round (586 overall) in 1983.

Kehrt, who was a first team Daktronics and second team American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region selection, led the Screaming Eagles with an 8-3 record and a 6-1 mark in the GLVC. His eight victories tied a USI single-season record for wins. The first team All-GLVC hurler also was second on the team with 64 strikeouts.

The Screaming Eagles finished the season with a 36-20 overall record and the GLVC West Division championship with a 24-7 mark. The GLVC regular season title was USI's first since the 1993 season.

The 36 victories are tied for third all-time at USI for wins in a regular season. The Eagles had a team-best 38 regular season wins during 1992 and 1993, while reaching 36 victories during last year's regular season schedule.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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