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April 12, 2009

USI and Rockhurst split doubleheader and series

Box Score Game 1: Rockhurst 6, Southern Indiana 0

Box Score Game 2: Southern Indiana 4, Rockhurst 3


Tyler
Choate

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The 22nd-ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team split a doubleheader with Rockhurst University Sunday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. Rockhurst won the opener, 6-0, while USI took the nightcap, 4-3.

After the four-game series split, the Screaming Eagles are 28-10 overall, 15-4 GLVC, and 8-4 in the GLVC West Division, while the Hawks go to 27-13, 13-7 GLVC, and 11-5 West.

USI won the nightcap by breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth. Junior third baseman Tyler Choate (Carmi, Illinois) started the game-winning rally with a lead-off double to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a RBI-single by junior shortstop Wes Fink (Clarksville, Tennessee).

The Eagles took the initial lead for the first time in the series with a run in the first inning. Fink gave USI a 1-0 lead on a RBI single to score sophomore catcher Dylan Mooney (St. Charles, Missouri).

Wes
Fink

The lead was extended to 2-0 on a home run in the third by senior first baseman Caleb Ehmke (Waterloo, Indiana) before the Hawks cut the lead in half with a tally in the fourth and took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth.

USI tied game 3-3 on a home run by Choate in the bottom of the fifth. The score would remain deadlocked until the Eagle pushed the winning run across in the eighth.

On mound, senior right-hander Shaun Larsen (Tell City, Indiana) got the win in his longest outing of the season. Larsen (4-2) allowed just two hits and struck out four in 4.1 innings of work to get his fourth win of the season.

Shaun
Larsen

Proceeding Larsen to the mound was senior right-hander Michael Dewig (Haubstadt, Indiana), who went the first three-plus innings, and sophomore right-hander Trevor Leach (Danville, Indiana), who went 1.2 innings in relief.

The Eagles were shutout for the first this season in the opener, 6-0. USI was held to just two hits, both by senior rightfielder Chad Werry (New Harmony, Indiana) with a double in the second inning and a single in the fourth.

On the mound, senior right-hander Alex Thieroff (Greenfield, Indiana) lasted 2.1 innings, allowing four second-inning runs on three hits and four walks. Junior right-hander Cody Brandenstein (Evansville, Indiana) followed Thieroff (2-1) and allowed a run in 2.2 frames, while freshman right-hander Shad Macke (Evansville, Indiana) allowed a run in the final two innings.

USI goes on the road next week when its plays in the "Battle at the Braun" Wednesday against the University of Evansville and plays a four-game GLVC West series April 18-19 at Missouri University of Science & Technology.



Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information


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