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April 06, 2004

Eagles have first place in mind

The University of Southern Indiana softball team will have first place in the GLVC on its mind this weekend when it hosts Bellarmine University and #8 Northern Kentucky University at the USI Softball Field. The Screaming Eagles will play Bellarmine in a noon doubleheader Friday and NKU in a noon doubleheader Saturday.

USI (18-15, 6-0 GLVC) can take sole possession of first place in the GLVC if it continues to do what it does best, win at home. The Eagles have won 16 straight and 32 of their last 33 home games and are 6-0 at the USI Softball Field in 2004.

Off to their best conference start since 2000 (USI started 2000 off with a 12-0 mark in the GLVC) the Eagles will need to win both games on Friday against a Bellarmine squad that entered this week’s games with a 10-15 record and a 2-4 mark in the GLVC.

NKU (34-2, 6-0 GLVC) enters this week’s action as one of the hottest teams in the country. The Norse started the season with 18 consecutive victories and they sport one of the countries top pitching staffs.

USI counters with an explosive offensive lineup that produced 39 runs and 52 hits in six games last week.

Freshman catcher/designated player Lisa Anderson (Chesterton, Indiana) and senior pitcher/infielder Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) lead USI’s offense. Anderson leads the Eagles and is fifth in the GLVC with a .370 batting average and three home runs, while Emmons is hitting .365 with a conference-best 10 doubles to go along with two home runs. Both Anderson and Emmons lead the Eagles with 18 RBIs apiece.

Junior leadoff hitter/centerfielder Sunny Oelling (Valparaiso, Indiana) is in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak that has seen her hit .431 with 22 hits and eight runs scored.

Defensively, USI is led by Emmons’ 1.74 ERA and sophomore pitcher Missy Grover’s (Mishawaka, Indiana) 2.05 ERA. Emmons is 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the GLVC, while Grover has won three straight to improve to 8-8 overall and 3-0 in the GLVC.

Notes: Following the USI-NKU doubleheader, USI will have played nine times against a top-25 opponent and four times against a top-10 opponent this spring...The countdown has begun for the final game on the USI Softball Field. Following USI’s final regular season home game against SIU Edwardsville on Sunday, April 25, the USI Softball Field will be torn down and turned into a parking lot. USI will begin playing at its new facility which will be located on Broadway at the USI intramural fields in 2004-05.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information

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