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July 16, 2008

Choate transfers to USI to play baseball


EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team announced that junior infielder/right-handed pitcher Tyler Choate has accepted a scholarship to play for the Screaming Eagles in 2009. Choate is transferring to USI from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and will have two years of eligibility left.

In two years as a Saluki, Choate produced a career batting average of .258 with 19 RBIs, 23 runs scored, and seven doubles in 51 games. He also recorded a 5-2 mark on the mound with a 4.29 ERA in 71.2 innings of work.

The Carmi, Illinois, native was 3-0 with a 3.69 ERA in 17 games and 39 innings of work in 2008, while batting .250 with nine runs scored and five RBIs in 21 games. He also had two multi-hit games and a five-game hitting streak.

Prior to beginning his collegiate career, Choate was a four-time All-Conference honoree and a three-time league Most Valuable Player at Carmi-White County High School (Carmi, Illinois). He hit .411 or better each of his four seasons at CWHS with 19 career home runs.

The two-way threat was named All-State as a senior and was the 42nd-best prospect in the state according to the Illinois Prep Baseball Magazine.

"USI is very excited to have a player like Tyler, who will be able to contribute both on the mound and in the field," said USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta. "Tyler also comes from a successful Division I program and his experience will help our squad."

Choate joins right-handed pitchers Ross David and D.J. Smith and outfielder Brad Mangold in signing with the Eagles and Archuleta this year.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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