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April 25, 2004

USI softball splits with #21 SIUE

@USI 2, #21 SIU Edwardsville 1
#21 SIU Edwardsville 5, USI 1

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team split a doubleheader with #21 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Sunday at the USI Softball Field. The Screaming Eagles won the first game, 2-1, before falling in game two, 5-1.

Sophomore pitcher Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) scattered five hits and a run throughout seven innings to pick up the victory in the first game. Grover (10-11) recorded a pair of strike outs while walking four batters.

Down by a run in the top of the sixth inning and with shortstop Veronica Schmidt on second base representing the tying run, SIUE first baseman Melissa Lindgren roped a single into leftfield.

With Schmidt rounding third base, USI senior leftfielder Jessica Brown (Evansville, Indiana) threw a dart from the outfield to senior catcher Kristen Houseworth (Martinsville, Indiana) to get Schmidt for the third out of the inning.

The Eagles took a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning when senior first baseman Monica Tepe (Granger, Indiana) hit a one-out single to right-centerfield to drive in Houseworth and freshman catcher/designated player Lisa Anderson (Chesterton, Indiana). Anderson reached base in the previous at-bat with a double to leftfield that advanced Houseworth from first to third.

SIUE’s centerfielder, Shanna Waldo, drove in the Cougar’s lone run with a single to right-centerfield in the fifth inning.

In game two, the Eagles (21-22, 9-7 GLVC) surrendered three runs in the top half of the first inning. SIUE recorded three straight hits, including a two-run triple to right-centerfield by leftfielder Jenny Esker.

Anderson got the Eagles to within two runs when she launched her team-leading fourth home run over the leftfield fence in the bottom of the second inning. Anderson finished the day by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.

SIUE (33-15, 15-5 GLVC) tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning to secure the victory and at least the three seed in the GLVC Tournament, which starts Friday, April 30, at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Illinois.

Senior pitcher/third baseman Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) was charged with the loss in game two after giving up five runs, three earned, off eight hits.

The Eagles, who honored their six seniors in between games, will play their final regular season game Tuesday, April 25, when they host Kentucky Wesleyan College in a noon doubleheader at the USI Softball Field. Tuesday’s contests will be the final games that USI plays on the USI Softball Field as it will move to its new field, located at the USI Intramural Fields off Broadway, when play begins in 2005.

USI is in fifth place in the GLVC standings, but a sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday would move the Eagles into fourth place and give them the home at-bat in the first round of the GLVC Tournament.

Dan McDonnell,
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