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April 25, 2002

Eagles win second straight

@Southern Indiana (20-25): 10
Oakland City (13-15): 4

University of Southern Indiana freshman shortstop Corey Goers (LaPorte, Indiana) hit a three-run blast and junior rightfielder Steve Owen (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) detonated a two-run rocket in the Screaming Eagles’ 10-4 home victory over Oakland City University Thursday afternoon. USI’s record goes to 20-25 overall, while OCU falls to 13-15.

With USI leading 1-0 and runners at first and second, Goers hit his first home run of the season to leftfield in the second inning and gave the home team a 4-0 lead. The Eagles had taken the 1-0 lead on a single by freshman designated hitter Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana), scoring junior catcher Paul Kohler (Arnold, Missouri).

After the Mighty Oaks scored a tally in the top of the fifth, USI regained its four-run lead in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-1 lead into the sixth. OCU scored to three times in its half of the frame to cut the Eagles’ lead to 5-4 and set the stage for USI’s three runs in the bottom half of the sixth.

The highlight of the sixth was Owen’s fifth round-tripper of the season, a bomb to leftfield that drove in freshman centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) and pushed the USI lead to 8-4 after six innings.

USI finished out the scoring with two insurance runs in the seventh for the final score of 10-4.

Junior right-hander Bowie Johnson (Brazil, Indiana) picked up the win for USI, pitching 5 1/3 innings. Johnson (3-3) allowed nine hits and three earned runs, while striking out six before giving way to sophomore right-hander Drew Neel (Newburgh, Indiana) and senior left-hander Darrin Weeks (Forrest, Illinois).

Weeks got the Eagles through a bases loaded eighth inning jam when OCU attempted a late-inning run at USI. Week, who had hit the first batter he faced, proceeded to strike out three in a row to end the OCU rally in the eighth.

USI will finish the 2002 home schedule with a three-game series against Saint Joseph’s College Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28. Start time both days is noon. The final games of the season will be on the road when the Eagles travel to Erie, Pennsylvania, to play in the Mercyhurst Tournament Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

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