May 22, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Outfielder Tyler Mikrut and pitcher/infielder Matt Bowles are two former John A. Logan College baseball players making an impact at the next level.

Both are members of the University of Southern Indiana team, which last week won the Division II Midwest Regional with a win over Drury University to advance to the national finals beginning this weekend in Cary, N.C.

An Edwardsville native, Mikrut is batting .293 in 27 games played with 24 hits in 82 at bats. He has seven doubles, 12 runs batted in and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. The junior also has a .370 on-base percentage.

Bowles is batting .243 in 38 games with 17 hits, including three doubles and two triples. He has been even better for his team on the mound, putting together a 9-3 overall record and 2.93 earned-run average. He has four complete games with one shutout and 50 strikeouts against 15 walks in 86 innings pitched.

Southern Indiana is ranked No. 6 in the country among Division II schools with a record of 45-12. The Screaming Eagles will take on top-ranked University of Tampa (51-2) Saturday in the opening round of the national tournament.

DOWN SOUTH, two other  former Logan baseball players are wrapping up their junior season with Division I University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Infielder Keelin Rasch of Harrisburg is leading the War Hawks (23-35) in hitting at .294. He has banged out a team-best 69 hits; is tops in doubles with 16; and total bases with 103. He also has three triples and four home runs with 30 runs batted in.

Hunt, a righthanded pitcher from Paducah, is 2-5 this spring with a 5.43 ERA. He has struck out 39 and walked 26 in 58 innings pitched.