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May 01, 2005

Eagles finish road trip on losing note

Box Score Game 1: SJC 4, USI 3
Box Score Game 2: SJC 8, USI 4

– The University of Southern Indiana baseball team concluded its 12-game road swing by being swept by Saint Joseph’s College, 4-3 and 8-4, Sunday afternoon in Rensselaer, Indiana. USI finishes the road trip 4-8.

With four games left in the regular season, the Screaming Eagles are 24-28 overall and 16-20 in the GLVC. SJC improved to 33-14 overall and 25-7 GLVC Sunday.

The two losses place the Eagles in eighth place in the GLVC, two-games behind seventh place Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and four games back of sixth place Bellarmine University. The GLVC’s top six advance to the GLVC Tournament scheduled for May 12-15.

The opener saw the USI fall short in a comeback attempt in the 4-3 loss. The Pumas took a 3-0 lead with pair of runs in the first and a single tally in the fourth. The Eagles cut the lead to 3-1 in the sixth when senior centerfielder Noah Wetzel (New Salisbury, Indiana) scored on a passed ball.

After the Pumas responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 4-1, Wetzel doubled in two more runs to pull to within a run at 4-3 in the top of the seventh. Wetzel was left stranded at second as sophomore rightfielder Hunter Slade (Newburgh, Indiana) flew out to left and senior designated hitter Andy Rock (West Chester, Ohio) grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

USI sophomore right-hander Adam Vetter (Crown Point, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles, working five innings. Vetter (4-4) allowed five hits and three runs while striking out six batters.

In game two, a five-run Puma fourth inning propelled SJC to the 8-4 victory. SJC took the early lead, 2-0, in the first inning only to see USI comeback with three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. The Eagles missed a chance to increase the lead when senior leftfielder Jared Tekulve (Madison, Indiana) and Slade struck out with the bases loaded to end the top fourth.

USI would leave a total of 12 runners on base in the game.

On the mound, freshman right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) would take the loss in relief. Kehrt (1-4), who relieved senior starter Andy Rumpler (Hamilton, Ohio) in the first inning, allowed five hits and five runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Junior right-hander Mike Watson (Madison, Indiana) was the most effective Eagle on the mound in game two. Watson followed Kehrt to the mound and pitched four innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run.

The Eagles will finish the 2005 regular season at the USI Baseball Field by hosting a four-game series with Northern Kentucky University May 7-8. Senior Day and Varsity Club Day are scheduled for the May 8 doubleheader.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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