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April 09, 2002

USI softball blanks Brescia University

The University of Southern Indiana softball team allowed just two base runners, one of which was thrown out trying to steal second, as it swept a pair of games from Brescia University, 5-0 and 1-0, this afternoon at the USI Softball Field in Evansville, Indiana. The Screaming Eagles, who have recorded five shutouts in their last six games, improve to 20-12 on the season while Bearcats fall to 13-17.

Senior hurler Danielle Garnett (Griffith, Indiana) was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings of game one—striking out seven of the first nine batters she faced—before allowing a two-out base hit in the top of the fifth inning. Garnett finished with 11 strikeouts and faced just 22 batters as she improved to 12-6 with the win. It was Garnett’s third consecutive shutout and her team-leading fourth of the season.

USI wasted no time getting on the board as they scored two runs in the first inning, including its leadoff hitter, Brooke Biggs (Osceola, Indiana). Biggs started the game with a single to rightfield and came around to score when sophomore catcher Kristen Houseworth (Martinsville, Indiana) doubled to leftfield. The double also brought home junior centerfielder/pitcher Rachel Bowling (Middletown, Indiana), who reached first base after being hit by a pitch.

The Eagles took advantage of an error to tack on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning and added anther run in the bottom of the fourth inning to win game one 5-0. Brescia’s Jennifer Jackson (9-6) was charged with the loss after giving up the five runs off six hits.

Freshman pitcher Brandy Bates (Boonville, Indiana) went the distance—in her first career collegiate start—in game two to pick up her second win of the season. Bates (2-0) gave up one hit but faced the minimum number of batters (21) as she recorded her first career shutout.

Biggs reached on a throwing error, by Brescia catcher Kara Holley, to lead off the bottom of the first inning of game two. Biggs came around to score when Bowling lined a single down the leftfield line with two outs.

Bates dominated the game as she retired 18 consecutive batters. She finished the game with a career-high eight strikeouts to lead the Eagles to the 1-0 victory.

Brescia’s Lacey Kitchens (2-3) was charged with the loss despite giving up just one unearned run and four hits while allowing just one walk.

The Eagles will continue their 12-game home stand this Thursday, April 11, when Oakland City University comes to the USI Softball Field. The doubleheader is slated for a 3 p.m. start.

USI will resume conference play this Sunday, April 14, when it hosts Saint Joseph’s College in a noon doubleheader. Sunday also is Senior Day as well as Varsity Club Day for the Screaming Eagles.

Dan McDonnell,
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