Eau Claire – The Eau Claire Express continued to build their 2019 roster Wednesday with the additions of Montevallo Falcon, Kuster Kinlecheenie, and Lewis University’s Matt Verdun. Wednesday’s additions bring the express pitching corps total to seven as the season nears.
Kinlecheenie is currently in the middle of his first season with the Falcons after transferring to Montevallo from Phoenix College, where he was a part of a squad that won 30 games in 2018. Kinlecheenie is 2-1 in 2019, while adding a single save against Christian Brothers University in February. Kinlecheenie has appeared mostly in relief for Montevallo, tossing 21.1 innings and striking out 21 batters. While attending Phoenix College, Kinlecheenie appeared in 14 games securing a 3-0 record with 3 saves and a 3.86 ERA.
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Matt Verdun is a sophomore pitcher for the Lewis University Flyers in Romeoville, Illinois. Verdun has pitched over 20 innings of work already this season gaining 13 strikeouts, including a seven strikeout appearance against Illinois Springfield, marking a season high for the Homer Glen native. Verdun is often used as a designated hitter for the Flyers; Verdun currently has three extra-base hits through twelve games at the plate, including going yard against Purdue Northwest in March. Verdun prepped at St. Rita High School where he held a .481 batting average and earned All-Area honors and while claiming a regional title his senior season
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