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April 17, 2002

Eagles extend win-streak to 12 games with sweep of McKendree,
Ranked fourth in Great Lakes Region

The University of Southern Indiana softball team swept a doubleheader from the McKendree College this afternoon at the USI Softball Field in Evansville, Indiana. The Screaming Eagles took game one, 4-2, and game two, 3-2, as they improved their winning streak to 12 games and raised their record to 26-12 on the season.

After falling behind 2-1 in game one, junior centerfielder/pitcher Rachel Bowling (Middletown, Indiana) blasted her team-high 11th home run of the season to give USI a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the third inning. USI tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bowling sent a sacrifice fly to leftfield to score sophomore second baseman Brooke Biggs (Osceola, Indiana) from third base.

Bowling now stands in second place all-time at USI with 109 career runs batted in and needs just two more to become the schools all-time leader.

Senior hurler Danielle Garnett (Griffith, Indiana) picked up her 16th victory of the 2002 campaign. Garnett gave up just two runs and seven hits while striking out six batters as she raised her record to 16-6 on the season. The two runs were the first that Garnett has surrendered in seven games, snapping a streak of 47 1/3 scoreless innings, just four off the USI record, and six shutouts.

Senior third baseman Molly Blackford (Newburgh, Indiana) provided the heroics for USI in game two. Down 1-0 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning, McKendree’s Mindy Jameson threw a pitch that hit the dirt and rolled past the catcher to allow USI shortstop Jenny Duell (Lafayette, Indiana) to score from third and tie the game at 1-1.

With runners at second and third and two out, Blackford drove a 3-1 pitch into leftfield to bring the two runners across the plate and give USI a 3-1 lead and eventually the 3-2 victory.

Freshman pitcher Brandy Bates (Boonville, Indiana) went the distance in game two as she picked up her fourth win of the season. Bates (4-0) gave up just two runs off five hits while striking out six batters and not allowing a walk.

The Eagles, which are ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Regional poll that came out this afternoon, will travel to the South Bend, Indiana to take part in the GLVC/GLIAC Showdown this Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21. USI will take on Gannon University at 9 p.m. on Friday before playing three games on Saturday and two games on Sunday.

With the victories, the Eagles close out their 2002 home schedule with a 14-2 record. McKendree, ranked 15th in the nation among NAIA schools, falls to 35-13 with the losses.

Dan McDonnell,
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