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May 04, 2009

USI baseball starts GLVC Tournament play Thursday
Eagles to play Bellarmine in first round

Screaming Eagles Baseball Notes

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball team starts the 2009 post-season Thursday when it opens GLVC Tournament play at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois. The Screaming Eagles, the number one seed from the GLVC West Division, is slated to play Bellarmine University, the number three seed from the East Division, at the 3 p.m.

The GLVC Tournament also features the University of Indianapolis, the second seed from the East, against Rockhurst University, the second seed from the West, in the noon contest Thursday. Northern Kentucky University, the top seed from the East, is scheduled to play a still to be determined third seed from the West at 6 p.m.

The final slot in the tournament is still up for grabs between Quincy University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, and Drury University. Drury, which was rained out this weekend, is playing a make-up game today at home against the University of Missouri-St. Louis, while Quincy and Missouri S&T must make-up a doubleheader on Tuesday.

USI (35-15, 20-7 GLVC, and 13-7 West) clinched the West Division crown Sunday by splitting a doubleheader at Quincy and captured back-to-back conference regular season titles for only the second time in the history of the program. The last time the Eagles won back-to-back regular season crowns was 1992 and 1993.

The Eagles are making their third straight appearance in the GLVC Tournament and will be looking to improve over last season's two-and-out in the league playoff. USI's last GLVC Tournament championship was 1993.

Bellarmine (32-22, 19-13 GLVC, and 15-9 East) finished its regular season by losing three of four at home to the University of Indianapolis. The Knights also are making their third straight appearance in the tournament and their fourth in five seasons.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 59-53, after defeating the Knights at the home, 11-8, and on the road, 5-4, this spring.

Following Thursday's games, the tournament continues Friday and Saturday at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday at noon.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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