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March 17, 2005

Red-hot Eagles looking to upend Morehead State

EVANSVILLE, Ind.óThe University of Southern Indiana softball team is looking to ride the momentum of a seven-game winning streak when it hosts NCAA Division I Morehead State University at the new USI Softball Field on Broadway. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.

Junior hurler Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) and senior outfielder Nickole Henson (Princeton, Indiana) have been major keys to the Screaming Eaglesí success in their last seven games. Grover (5-3) has won five straight games and is posting a 0.72 ERA during that span, while Henson is hitting .364 with four RBIs and eight runs scored.

Prior to USIís winning streak, Grover was 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA and Henson was hitting just .062 with one RBI.

USI (7-8) also has got a huge lift from sophomore catcher Lisa Anderson (Chesterton, Indiana). Anderson went from hitting .348 with no home runs in the Eaglesí first eight games, to hitting .562 with two home runs in USIís last seven contests. Anderson, who ranks fourth all-time at USI with seven career home runs, leads the Eagles with a .462 batting average and eight RBIs.

MSU (5-9), which hosts Belmont University today, is led by senior leftfielder Jessie Chin and sophomore pitcher Lauren Cook. Chin leads the MSU Eagles with a .296 batting average, while Cook has recorded a team-low 2.55 ERA.

USI will host McKendree College in a 3 p.m. doubleheader March 23, before heading for Battle Creek, Michigan, and the Great Lakes Region Showdown March 25-26. The Eagles open conference play April 3.

Dan McDonnell,
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