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March 05, 2009

USI hosts Dunn Hospitality Invitational
Eagles to play Wayne State College Friday and Saturday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team hosts the Dunn Hospitality Invitational at the USI Baseball Field Friday and Saturday. The invitational will include USI, Wayne State College (Nebraska), and Spalding University.

The Screaming Eagles are scheduled to play Wayne State College Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., while Spalding and Wayne State College will play Saturday at 11 a.m.

USI (6-5) is coming off a 4-1 week, pushing the overall record above the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Eagles split a non-conference doubleheader with Kentucky Wesleyan College; powered past Spalding University; and swept a regional match-up with Wayne State University (Michigan) last week.

Leading the charge was senior third baseman/pitcher Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana), who batted .438 (7-16) with a team-best eight runs scored, eight RBIs, two triples, two home runs, and a 1.125 slugging percentage. Only junior infielder/pitcher Tyler Choate (Carmi, Illinois) and sophomore catcher Dylan Mooney (St. Charles, Missouri) had better batting averages, hitting .462 (6-13) and .444 (4-9), respectively.

Mooney has the team's top batting average this season at .385, while junior shortstop Wes Fink (Clarksville, Tennessee) is second on the team with a .375 average and a team-best 11 RBIs.

On the mound, junior right-hander Trevor Leach (Danville, Indiana) led the USI hurlers last week with a pair of wins. Leach earned his first win of the week as a starter, going 5.1 innings against KWC, and his second win in relief, pitching 3.2 innings in the first game versus Wayne State University.

The Wildcats of Wayne State College (3-1) come to Evansville after starting the year by taking three of four from Pittsburg State University last week. The Golden Eagles of Spalding (1-11) are in the midst of an 11-game losing streak after falling to the College of Mount St. Joseph, Marian College, and Union College this week.

The USI-Wayne State College game will be the first match-up between the two schools in baseball.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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