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March 30, 2003

Emmons lifts Eagles to sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside

USI 3, Wisconsin-Parkside 0
USI 7, Wisconsin-Parkside 4

University of Southern Indiana softball junior hurler Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) pitched 12 strong innings to lead the Screaming Eagles to 3-0 and 7-4 victories over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday afternoon at the USI Softball Field in Evansville, Indiana. Emmons (6-7) gave up just three runs in her two starts as she helped the Eagles improve to 9-10 overall and 5-3 in the GLVC.

After playing to a scoreless tie through the first 5 ˝ innings of game one, the Eagles exploded for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a commanding 3-0 lead. The Eagles recorded three of their four hits in the inning and also took advantage of a walk, a hit batter, and a wild pitch to put the runners across home plate.

The offensive outburst was all Emmons would need as she set the Rangers down in order for the first time in the contest during the seventh inning. Emmons gave up seven hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out three to pick up the complete-game victory. UWP’s Kristen Brestan (1-4) was pinned with the loss after giving up three runs off four hits and a walk.

After giving up a run in the top of the first inning of game two, the Eagles found themselves on the verge of defeat until the bottom of the fifth inning. Junior first baseman Monica Tepe (Granger, Indiana) atoned for a 0-for-3 performance from the plate in game one by doubling to right-centerfield and driving in USI’s first three runs of the second game.

UWP (9-15-1 overall, 3-3 GLVC) opted to replace its starting pitcher, Jennene Fields, after the Tepe double. However, the plan backfired as Jennifer Mayer gave up four straight walks, one of which was a hit batter, and four runs.

During the inning, the Eagles sent seven players across home plate on just three hits. Fields (3-4) was charged with the first four runs as well as the loss while Mayer was tagged for the last three runs of the inning.

The last three runs proved to be the difference maker as the Rangers came back in the top of the seventh inning with three runs of their own. Emmons was pulled in the inning after giving up a single and a base-on-balls. She was charged with just two of the three runs scored in the inning.

For the game, Emmons went five-plus innings, giving up three runs off six hits and a walk. She struck out four batters on the way to her second victory of the day.

USI will return to action with a pair of non-conference doubleheaders this Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2. The Eagles play Kentucky Wesleyan College (3 p.m.) on Tuesday and Bellarmine University (3:30 p.m.) on Wednesday. Both games are at the USI Softball Field.

Dan McDonnell,
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