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March 09, 2005

USI baseball lets leads slip through fingers in loss

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– The University of Southern Indiana baseball team could not hold onto three separate leads and fell to 25th-ranked Augusta State University, 8-6, Wednesday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia. USI falls to 3-4 overall and 2-3 on the road trip, while ASU goes to 16-7-1 in 2005.

The Screaming Eagles jumped out in front in the first inning when senior centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) singled in senior shortstop Corey Goers (LaPorte, Indiana) to make the score 1-0. The Jaguars tied the score for the first time in the game with a tally in the bottom half of the inning.

USI took its second lead of the game, 4-1, with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. USI senior first baseman Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Michigan) scored in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by senior rightfielder Matt Keener (Newburgh, Indiana) to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Senior second baseman Bryan Davis (West Chester, Ohio) gave USI the 4-1 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth, scoring sophomore leftfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana).

The Jaguars evened the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth before the Eagles plated a pair in top of the seventh for a 6-4 margin on a two-run shot by Keener. The home run was the second of the year for Keener.

ASU answered USI’s seventh inning rally by tying the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the seventh and plated the game winners in the bottom of the eighth.

USI freshman right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) registered his first loss as a collegiate, pitching 1/3 of an inning and allowing a hit and two earned runs. Senior right-hander Jae Fadde (West Lafayette, Indiana) started for USI and got the no-decision after going the first seven innings. Fadde allowed nine hits, six runs, five earned runs, and struck out eight.

At the plate, Wetzel led the Eagles by going four-for-five with a double, a run scored, and a RBI. Kenner finished the day with three RBIs.

The Eagles moves on to Anderson College Thursday for a single at 1:30 p.m. (CST), before concluding the spring trip with a three-game series at Lincoln Memorial University Friday and Saturday.

Upon returning to Evansville, USI will play across town at the University of Evansville in the “Battle of the Braun II” March 15. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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