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May 02, 2004

USI baseball finishes year with doubleheader loss

Game 1:
@Northern Kentucky 5 Southern Indiana: 4

Game 2:
@Northern Kentucky (33-23, 26-14 GLVC): 5
Southern Indiana (23-33, 17-23 GLVC): 2

Highland Heights, KY The University of Southern Indiana baseball team saw its hopes of a berth in the GLVC Tournament die in a doubleheader loss to Northern Kentucky University Sunday afternoon in Highland Heights, Kentucky. NKU won the opener, 5-4, and the nightcap, 5-2.

USI finishes the 2004 season with a 23-33 overall record, 17-23 in the GLVC, while NKU raises its record to 33-23 overall, 26-14 GLVC.

In Sunday’s opener, The Screaming Eagles allowed four Norse runs in the bottom of the seventh to fall 5-4. USI sophomore right-hander Mike Watson (Madison, Indiana) pitched beautifully through the first six innings before being let down by the bullpen. Watson allowed five hits and four runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings of work.

USI sophomore right-hander Matt Goans (Evansville, Indiana) failed in an attempt to pick up his seventh save of the year and took the loss. Goans (1-3) gave up a double that tied the game and before NKU scored the game winner on a passed ball.

NKU completed the sweep of USI in the nightcap with three runs in the second and two in the fifth to win 5-2. USI senior right-hander Drew Neel (Newburgh, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles, falling top 1-3 after allowing five runs in four innings of work.

Offensively, junior rightfielder Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) led the Eagles in both games, collecting five hits in seven plate appearances. Keener was three-for-four in game one with a run scored and an RBI, while going two-for-three in game two with a RBI.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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