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March 03, 2005

USI baseball splits season-opener,
Explodes for 12 runs in second game

Indiana-Southeast 6, USI 4 (Game 1)
USI 12, Indiana-Southeast 1 (6) (Game 2)

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana baseball team split its season-opening doubleheader with Indiana University-Southeast Thursday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. The Screaming Eagles dropped the first game, 6-4, but came back to score 12 runs in game two to win the contest, 12-1.

In game one, the Eagles surrendered four runs in the top of the seventh inning after leading 4-2. The Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and two in the bottom of the third inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

IUS (1-5) got to with in a run after plating a runner in the fifth and sixth innings, but a bases-loaded walk put the Eagles up 4-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning.

Senior right-hander Andy Rumpler (Hamilton, Indiana) stood to be the winner in game one after giving up just two runs, one earned, in five-plus innings of work. Junior lefty Nathan Arnold (Evansville, Indiana) was charged with the blown save and fellow classmate Nathan Siedler (McLeansboro, Illinois) was charged with the loss.

The Eagles (1-1) got a strong performance out of senior right-hander Jae Fadde (West Lafayette, Indiana) in game two. Fadde spread a run and six hits throughout five innings to pick up his first victory of the season.

USI took advantage of a pair of errors and four hits to score five runners in the bottom of the second inning and claim an early 5-0 lead. USI added a run in the fifth and six in the bottom of the sixth inning before the contest was called due to darkness.

Junior infielder Derik Hutton (Versailles, Indiana) capped off the Eagles scoring route with a three-run, pinch-hit double in the sixth inning. Senior shortstop Corey Goers (LaPorte, Indiana) and junior catcher/first baseman Chris Turner (West Lafayette, Indiana) each had a pair of RBIs in the onslaught.

USI will play the State University of West Georgia in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday in Carrolton, Georgia. The Eagles wrap up their three-game series with the Braves Sunday at 1 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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