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March 23, 2009

Thieroff named GLVC Player of the Week
Eagles starts road trip Wednesday

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 Poll


EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana senior third baseman/right-handed pitcher Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana) was named the GLVC Baseball Player of the Week for his efforts in the Screaming Eagles' victory over the University of Indianapolis and the series win over Drury University last week. USI also finished the nine-game homestand with an 8-1 mark and rose to 22nd nationally in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 poll.

Thieroff started the week with a run-scoring single to get the Eagles on the scoreboard in the 3-2, 10-inning win over Indianapolis in a non-conference match-up. He then went to work on Drury over the weekend, going six-for-nine (.667) with five runs scored, five RBIs, a double, a home run, and a 1.111 slugging percentage.

The senior saved his best overall game against Drury for the series finale when he reached base four times and scored three runs, while pitching eight-plus innings to get his first win of the season.

Overall in the five games last week at the plate, Thieroff hit .538 (7-13) with five runs scored, five RBIs, a double, a home run, two stolen bases, and an .846 slugging percentage. He also had a 1.12 ERA in his only start, scattering nine hits and allowing one run in eight innings.

Thieroff is the first GLVC Player of the Week for the Eagles this season and second USI player to earn a weekly conference honor. USI junior right-hander Tyler Choate (Carmi, Illinois) was named GLVC Pitcher of the Week in February.

The Eagles (17-6, 7-1 GLVC, 3-1 GLVC West) go on the road for the next five games, starting with a 1 p.m. single game at Saint Joseph's College Wednesday in Rensselaer, Indiana. The road swing concludes in Edwardsville, Illinois, for four West Division games against the University of Missouri-St. Louis. UMSL is playing its home games at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville until its new home field is completed.

Saint Joseph's (14-11, 3-5 GLVC, 0-4 GLVC East) is coming off of four straight losses to Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. USI trails the all-time series with Saint Joseph's, 30-26, after the Pumas took three-of-four from the Eagles in 2007.

UMSL (7-12, 2-6 GLVC, 0-0 GLVC West), which plays at Bellarmine University on Tuesday, is coming off a 1-3 weekend against Indianapolis. USI leads the all-time series with UMSL, 34-29, following last season's four-game split.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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