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March 07, 2009

Eagles hammer #24 Wayne State, 16-2

at Southern Indiana (8-5): 16
#24 Wayne State (Neb.) (4-3): 2
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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana baseball team scored 10 times in the bottom of the seventh innings en route to a 16-2 rout of No. 24 Wayne State University in the final game of the Dunn Hospitality Invitational Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field.

USI (8-5), which extended its winning streak to five games, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the strength of senior third baseman Alex Thieroff's (Greenfield, Indiana) two-run triple in the first inning. The Screaming Eagles tacked on two more tallies in the fifth inning and another in the sixth frame to take a 6-0 lead.

Chad Werry

Tyler Choate

In the seventh frame, the Eagles sent 15 batters to the plate as they blew the contest wide open. Senior outfielder Chad Werry (New Harmony, Indiana) went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and a team-best four RBIs, while junior pitcher/infielder Tyler Choate (Carmi, Illinois) went 3-of-4 at the dish with a double and three RBIs.

Choate (2-1) picked up the victory after allowing just three hits and a walk in seven innings of work. Choate, who had four strikeouts, retired the first 12 batters he faced before allowing his first hit.

USI travels to Russellville, Arkansas, Tuesday for a two-game series with Arkansas Tech University. First pitch Tuesday is slated for 5 p.m., while first pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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