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2005 Baseball Season Outlook
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Depth and experience are on tap in 2005 and should enable the University of Southern Indiana baseball team to make a run at the upper division of the GLVC.
USI Head Coach Mike Goedde starts the 2005 campaign with 20 returning players -- seven position players, 11 pitchers, and two utility players -- including a pair of All-GLVC performers. The Eagles all-time winningest coach, who begins the season with a record of 304-265 (.534) in 11 seasons, also has 11 new players this spring.
The Returning Players
The Screaming Eagles return a pair of All-GLVC performers -- senior outfielder Noah Wetzel and senior utility player Matt Keener -- to lead them in 2005. The pair were one-two on the team in eight of the 11 offensive categories at the plate and ranked among the top hitters in the GLVC.
Wetzel led the Eagles and ranked eighth in the GLVC with a .368 batting average, rotating between the lead-off and three hole in the line-up. The two-time All-GLVC centerfielder also led the team with a .420 on-base percentage, 74 hits, and 41 runs scored.
Keener, who was the USI clean-up hitter and saw action as a pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder last year, led the team with 47 RBIs, 14 doubles, six triples, and eight home runs. His eight home runs tied for fourth in the GLVC. He was second in triples in the league.
Wetzel and Keener will be rejoined in the outfield by senior Trevor Kelly. Kelly, who also will see time behind the plate in 2005, played in 53 games for the Eagles and hit .282 with 34 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
The Eagles also are experienced in the middle infield with the return of senior second baseman Bryan Davis and senior shortstop Corey Goers. Davis, who shared the lead-off duties with Wetzel last year, hit .266 with 34 runs scored and 18 RBIs. Goers, a three-year starter at shortstop, hit a career-high .247, 30 points over his career average, and had a career-best 28 RBIs in 55 games.
The starting positions at the corners of the infield will be up for grabs in 2005. Returning are part-time starters Jared Tekulve, a senior, and Brent Perry, a junior. Tekulve, who saw action at second base, third base, and leftfield in his 39 appearances a year ago, hit .226 with 10 RBIs, while Perry hit .240 with 15 RBIs in 36 games at third base.
The lone returner at first base is junior infielder Derik Hutton. Hutton played in 24 games as a sophomore and hit .217 in spot action.
Behind the plate, the Eagles have three returning catchers in Kelly, senior Andy Rock, and sophomore Jed Davis. Rock, who hit .271 with seven RBIs, and Davis, who hit .167 in seven games, saw action mainly as the designated hitters in 2004.
The Eagles bring back the most experience and depth on the mound. USI returns five starters and three hurlers out of the bullpen for 2005.
Senior right-hander Andy Rumpler is USI's leader on the mound. Rumpler finished 2004 with a team-high 7-3 record by winning six of his final seven starts and posted a team-best 3.25 ERA in 61 innings of work. He also was second on the team with 28 strike outs.
Rumpler was followed in the rotation by junior right-hander Mike Watson. Watson had a 3.86 ERA and was second to Rumpler with a 4-2 record. He also held opposing hitters to a team-low .256 batting among the starters.
The Eagles also will look for bigger contributions from Keener, who led the team in ERA in 2003; sophomore right-hander Adam Summers; and senior right-hander Jae Fadde. Keener had an up-and-down season, finishing 1-4 in nine starts, while Summers was 3-5 with a 3.68 ERA and Fadde posted a 3-4 record and a 5.40 ERA .
USI is led out of the bullpen by junior right-hander Matt Goans, who had a team-best six saves and a 3.43 ERA in 24 games. Goans was set up by sophomore Aaron Clark, who was 2-2 with three saves and a 4.71 ERA in 19 appearances.
In addition to Goans and Clark, junior left-hander Nathan Arnold, junior right-handers Dustin Jourdan and Pat Morgan, and sophomore right-hander Adam Vetter will be looked to for larger contributions in 2005. Arnold, the only returning left-hander, made 16 appearances in 2005 and had a save. Jourdan made seven appearances in 2004, while Vetter was slowed to just nine appearances due to injury.
Goedde adds five players from the junior college ranks to a veteran team.
In the field, USI has supplemented its depth with juniors Chris Turner, an first baseman/catcher, as well as sophomores Justin Wolfe, an outfielder, and Hunter Slade, an outfielder.
Turner helped Lassen Community College to the Golden Valley Conference Championship by hitting .351 with eight doubles and 20 RBIs last spring. Slade played for DePauw University in 2004 where he hit .261 with a pair of home runs in 30 games, while Wolfe transfers to USI from the University of Toledo.
On the mound, junior right-hander Nathan Siedler hopes to contribute right away. Siedler had a career 3.67 ERA at Shawnee College, holding opposing hitters to a .235 batting average.
Seven freshmen -- three position players and four pitchers -- will enter their first season of collegiate action in 2005.
Joining the infield ranks are catcher Kyle Asay, infielder Sam Shahine, and infielder Josh Malone. Shahine hit .400 as a junior and a senior and played all four infield positions at West Lafayette High School.
On the mound, USI adds right-handers Jeremy Kehrt, Dan Kissel, Matt Nichols, and Matt Halbig. Kehrt was 8-2 as a senior with a 3.09 ERA, including 88 strikeouts in 56.2 innings at Plainfield High School. Nichols was 3-1 as a senior at Castle High School, while Halbig had a 1.73 ERA in his final season at Mater Dei High School.