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March 09, 2003

USI baseball loses rubber game 8-5

Univ. of Southern Indiana (5-4): 5
@State University of West Georgia (14-5): 2

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team dropped the rubber of game of a three-game series to the State University of West Georgia, 8-5, Sunday afternoon in Carrollton, Georgia. USI falls to 5-4 overall this spring, while West Georgia goes to 14-5.

The Screaming Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first and a 2-1in the third inning only to see the Braves answer with the tying tally. West Georgia took a 3-2 lead in the fifth and a 5-3 lead in the sixth with USI returning the favor and tying the game 3-3 in the sixth and 5-5 in the seventh.

The Braves took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and sealed the victory with a tally in the eighth.

Senior right-hander Bowie Johnson (Brazil, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles in relief, allowing four runs, all earned, in 2 1/3 innings. Sophomore right-hander Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) started for USI, going 4 1/3 and allowing three runs, two earned. Junior right-hander Mike Kottmeyer (Boulder, Illinois) finished the game for the Eagles, allowing one run in an inning and a third.

At the plate, senior third baseman Justin Konopacki (Ft. Wayne, Indiana), senior leftfielder Andy Nucci (Ft. Wayne, Indiana), and senior rightfielder Steve Owen (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) led the way with two hits apiece against three West Georgia pitchers.

The Eagles, 1-2 on the spring road trip, will play a rare night game at the University of South Carolina-Aiken Monday, March 10. Game time Monday evening is 5 p.m. (CT).

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information
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