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April 01, 2009

USI takes two from NKU, 2-0 and 5-3

Box Score Game 1: Southern Indiana 2, Northern Kentucky 0

Box Score Game 2: Southern Indiana 5, Northern Kentucky 3


EVANSVILLE, Ind. The 29th-ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team took a pair from Northern Kentucky University, 2-0 and 5-3, Wednesday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI raised its record to 22-8 overall, while NKU falls to 17-14 in the 2008-09 campaign.

USI junior right-hander Trevor Leach (Danville, Indiana) threw 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball on his way to winning his fifth game of the season. Leach (5-0) allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out five in 5.2 innings of work.

The game was finished on the mound by senior right-hander Shaun Larsen (Tell City, Indiana), who record his first save of the day and his ninth of the season in game one. Only one runner was able to reach base against Larsen in game one before being erased in a double play.


At the plate, the Eagles' offense produced all of the runs they would need in the first inning. Senior third baseman/designated hitter Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana) knocked in senior first baseman Caleb Ehmke (Waterloo, Indiana) with the first run, while senior centerfielder Chad Bruce (Fountaintown, Indiana) scored the second run on a double-steal with senior rightfielder Chad Werry (New Harmony, Indiana).

USI completed the sweep in game two by coming from behind to win 5-3. The Eagles took an initial 2-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI double by Thieroff and a RBI single by Werry.

The Norse bats came to life in the top of the third, scoring three times to lead 3-2. The Eagles bounced back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead 4-3 on a second RBI single by Werry and a sacrifice fly by Bruce.

Werry, who would finish nightcap three-for-three with a run scored, two RBIs, and a double, and Bruce produced an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back doubles to give the game the 5-3 final.


On the mound, senior right-hander Michael Dewig recorded his first collegiate win as a starting pitcher with four strong innings of work. Dewig (1-1) allowed three hits and three runs, one earned, while striking out three.

After junior right-hander D.J. Smith (Vincennes, Indiana) pitched a scoreless fifth for the Eagles, Larsen pitched the sixth and seventh to post his second save of the game and his 10th save of the season. He set down six of seven hitters with one strikeout in two innings of work.

Larsen's 10th save marks the first time in the history of USI baseball that a pitcher has reached double-digits in saves in back-to-back seasons.

The Eagles go on the road this weekend in the GLVC, playing a four-game series at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. The first pitch is scheduled for noon each day. Fans will be able to follow the Eagles on WSWI 820AM or through the internet at

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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