February 28, 2004
Eagles split at LMU
The University of Southern Indiana baseball team split with Lincoln Memorial University Saturday afternoon in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU (4-10-1) won the first game, 11-8, while USI (3-1) won the nightcap 14-2.
USI junior right-handed pitcher Andy Rumpler (Hamilton, Ohio) earned a complete game victory in his first start as a Screaming Eagles, going all 7.0 innings and allowing six hits and two runs. He also walked four and struck out three.
At the plate, the Eagles jumped on four Railsplitter pitchers for 14 runs and 14 hits. USI, leading 3-1 after five innings, scored five runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh to put the game away.
The Eagles had five players with multiple hits, led by senior first baseman Toby Pritchard (Ft. Wayne, Indiana). Pritchard went three-for-three with two RBIs, while junior centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) went two-for-five with three RBIs. Sophomore leftfielder Tyler Ford (Fishers, Indiana) also drove in three runs in game two.
The opening game was a back-and-forth affair with four lead changes. The Railsplitters got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first inning before the Eagles responded with a pair of runs in the second and the third to take a 4-2 lead.
LMU responded with a pair of tallies of its own in the third before USI retook the lead with a single run in the top of the fourth. The Railsplitters took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four times.
The Eagles tried to rally with two runs in the sixth only to see LMU post three tallies of its own in the bottom half of the inning. USI picked up one more run in the ninth for the 11-8 final.
Junior right-hander Jae Fadde (West Lafayette, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles, going 4.1 innings and allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs. He also struck out four LMU batters.
At the plate, Wetzel led the Eagles with a three-for-five performance, knocking in three runs. Junior shortstop Corey Goers (LaPorte, Indiana) was the only other Eagle to get multiple hits in the first game, going two-for-three with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.
The Eagles and the Railsplitters will conclude the three-game series Sunday, February 29, in Harrogate. The first pitch is scheduled for noon (CT).
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information