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April 01, 2003

Eagles get past .500 mark with victories over Panthers

USI 8, Kentucky Wesleyan 0 (5 innings)
USI 19, Kentucky Wesleyan 3 (5 innings)

The University of Southern Indiana softball team got past the .500 mark for the first time since March 12 with 8-0 and 19-3 non-conference victories over Kentucky Wesleyan College Tuesday afternoon at the USI Softball Field in Evansville, Indiana. The Screaming Eagles reeled off eight hits in the first game and 17 hits in the second game as they improved to 11-10 on the season. KWC falls to 0-16 with the losses.

After failing to send a runner across for the first three innings of the first game, the Eagles put three across in the bottom of the fourth inning to start off the scoring. They tacked on five more in the bottom of the fifth inning to win via the eight-run rule.

Senior second baseman Stacy Beedie (Bedford, Indiana) went one-for-two with a sacrifice fly and a pair of RBIs. Beedieís single in the bottom of the fifth inning clinched the victory for the Eagles.

Freshman hurler Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) improved to 4-3 after blanking the Panthers in five innings of work. Grover gave up just two hits and walked two while striking out three batters.

After spotting the Panthers a run in the top of the first inning of the second game, USI came back to score two runs in the bottom of the first, six runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, and five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Senior leftfielder Ginnie Roberts (Lafayette, Indiana) helped USIís offensive cause by going 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored while junior third baseman Nichole Pike (Fairfield, Illinois) went 2-for-3 from the plate with four runs batted in and a pair of runs scored.

Junior pitcher/first baseman Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a grand slam, and seven RBIs while senior centerfielder Rachel Bowling (Middletown, Indiana) went 2-of-2 with a pair of walks and four runs scored.

Freshman pitcher Christie Schubert (Milstadt, Illinois) recorded her first collegiate start and victory after throwing all five innings. Schubert (1-0) gave up three runs of seven hits while striking out four batters.

USI, which has won five straight games and seven of its last eight, will take on Bellarmine University Wednesday in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. at the USI Softball Field.

Dan McDonnell,
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