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March 14, 2003

Eagles walk past Presbyterian

University of Southern Indiana (7-7): 8
@Presbyterian College (10-12): 3

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team pounded out 10 hits in the first four innings and walked eight times between the fourth and the sixth innings as it recorded an 8-3 victory over Presbyterian College Friday afternoon. The Screaming Eagles survived a one-hour delay prior to the start of the game as well as rain and cold weather during the contest to complete the two-game sweep of Presbyterian and get to the .500 mark at 7-7 on the season.

Sophomore shortstop Corey Goers (LaPorte, Indiana) hit a two-run blast off the leftfield foul pole in the top of the second and sophomore first baseman Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) came singled in the top of the third inning to drive in senior outfielder Steve Owen (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) USI a 3-0 lead.

Senior outfielder Andy Nucci (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) tripled to lead off the top of the fourth inning and came around to score off Owen’s single to centerfield to provide all the offense the Eagles would need.

USI tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth and two runs in the top of the sixth to cap off its scoring output.

Senior Joe Stanisz (Highland, Indiana) picked up the victory after giving up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Stanisz gave up just six hits, walked two batters, and recorded three strike outs to improve to 1-0 on the season.

After pitching 3 1/3 innings effectively, senior right hander Bowie Johnson (Brazil, Indiana) was credited with his third save of the year. Johnson entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, allowing a run in the ninth inning and two hits while striking out four batters.

The Eagles, who finished their spring trip with a 3-5 mark, will return home Monday, March 17, to take on Indiana University-Southeast in a make-up game from earlier in the season. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at the USI Baseball Field.

Dan McDonnell,
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