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March 09, 2004

USI softball caps off doubleheader with 10 runs

@#17 Georgia C. & State U. 6, USI 0
USI 10, @#17 Georgia C. & State U 1 (5 innings)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team had another offensive explosion Tuesday, this time ripping off 10 runs to down #17 Georgia College and State University in the second game of a doubleheader. The Screaming Eagles defeated the Lady Bobcats, 10-1 in five innings, after falling in the first game, 6-0.

USI (5-6) scored a run in the top of the second inning before exploding for four runs in the third inning and another five runs in the fifth inning to pull out the second-game victory and the two-game split.

Senior shortstop Nichole Pike (Fairfield, Illinois) went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs to lead the Eagles offensively. Pike drove in the deciding run with a double to left-centerfield in the third inning.

She drove in two more runs when she singled through the middle of the infield in the fourth inning.

Senior pitcher/infielder Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the second game, while senior catcher/utility player Kristen Houseworth (Martinsville, Indiana), freshman catcher Lisa Anderson (Chesterton, Indiana), and senior outfielder Jessica Brown (Evansville, Indiana) all recorded RBIs.

Anderson, who was named the GLVC “Player of the Week” today, drove in the game’s first run with a double to leftfield. The Eagles capitalized on five Bobcat-errors in the second game.

Emmons (3-3) picked up the victory after holding the Bobcats to one run off five hits in five innings of work. She struck out four batters while not allowing a walk.

In game one, the Eagles were held to just three hits, two of which came off the bat of junior centerfielder Sunny Oelling (Valparaiso, Indiana). Oelling, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the second game, went 2-for-4 from the plate in the first contest.

Sophomore pitcher Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs, three earned, off 10 hits. Grover (2-3) struck out five while walking just one batter.

GCSU’s Jenna Kubesch (9-1) picked up the victory in game one after allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven. Brook Harrison (4-4) picked up the loss in the second game for the Bobcats, who are now 14-7 on the season, after giving up 10 runs, five earned, off 12 hits.

The Eagles will visit Valdosta State University Wednesday before traveling to Lakeland, Florida, to compete in the Florida Southern State College Tournament Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14. Wednesday’s doubleheader with VSU is slated for a 3 p.m. start.

Dan McDonnell,
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