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April 01, 2008

USI and Julian continue to dominate SIUE

Box Score: Southern Indiana 7, SIU Edwardsville 1


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.. University of Southern Indiana baseball senior left-hander Cory Julian (Lynnville, Indiana) shut down the GLVC's top offense for the second time in four days as the Screaming Eagles defeated Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 7-1, Tuesday night in Edwardsville, Illinois. USI raises its record to 18-9 overall and 9-2 in the GLVC, while SIUE falls to 11-12 overall, 5-7 GLVC.

Julian (4-2), working on three days rest, threw seven shutout innings to win his fourth game of the season and his second against the Cougars. He allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out five.

In his two wins of SIUE, Julian allowed nine hits and one unearned run, while striking out 12 in 16 innings of work.

USI sophomore right-hander Casey Geiger (Albion, Indiana) pitched the final two innings for the Eagles Tuesday night. He surrendered an unearned run and a pair of hits in the eighth, while pitching a perfect ninth inning.

At the plate, the Eagles scored all of the runs they would need in the fifth inning when junior shortstop Kevin O'Hair (Scottsdale, Arizona) and senior centerfielder Michael Beaven (Indianapolis, Indiana) scored on a throwing error by SIUE shortstop Cory Bunner.

Leading 2-0, USI put the game away the seventh inning by scoring four times on two hits and five walks to make the score 6-0. The Eagles would add another run in the eighth to make the score 7-0 before the Cougars put a run across the plate in the bottom half of the inning for the 7-1 final.

The Eagle offensive attack was led by Beaven, junior second baseman Josh Huebner (Evansville, Indiana), and junior rightfielder Royle Beach (Aurora, Illinois) with two hits each. Beaven and Huebner also scored two runs each in the victory.

USI finishes the road swing Wednesday in Owensboro, Kentucky, when it visits Kentucky Wesleyan College for a noon doubleheader. The Eagles return to the friendly surroundings of the USI Baseball Field this weekend when they host Missouri University of Science and Technology for a four-game series.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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