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March 17, 2009

USI baseball continues homestand Wednesday
Eagles enter national poll at 25th

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 Poll

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team continues its nine-game homestand Wednesday by hosting the University of Indianapolis for a non-conference game. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The homestand concludes this weekend when the Screaming Eagles open GLVC West Division play with a four-game series versus Drury University. The Eagles and the Panthers are schedule to play a 2 p.m. single game Friday; a noon doubleheader Saturday; and a noon single game Sunday.

USI (13-5), which has won 10 straight, entered the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 poll at number 25 this week. The Eagles also have won 11 of their last 12 games since starting the year 2-4.

Eagles' senior outfielder Chad Werry (New Harmony, Indiana) has led the team through the first four games of the homestand by batting .467. He also scored six runs and drove in four RBIs, while producing three doubles, one triple, and one home run. Werry leads the team overall this spring with a .385 batting average.

On the mound, junior right-hander Tyler Choate (Carmi, Illinois) extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings after blanking the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for eight innings last Saturday. Choate is 3-1 so far this season with a 3.58 ERA in 32.2 innings of work.

USI senior right-hander Matt Nichols (Newburgh, Indiana) continues to lead the team in ERA with a 2.11 in four starts and 21.1 innings of work. Junior right-hander Trevor Leach (Danville, Indiana) also has a sub-3.00 ERA at 2.33 in seven appearances as a starter and reliever.

The Greyhounds of Indianapolis (13-7) come to USI with a three-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine games. The Panthers of Drury (12-8) have won four in a row and six of seven.

USI trails the all-time series with Indianapolis, 41-32, but won three of four in the last series in 2007. The Eagles lead the all-time series with Drury, 4-3, after taking three of four last season.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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