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March 07, 2006

Eagles make it four in a row with two wins in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla.The University of Southern Indiana softball team pushed its winning streak to four games with an 11-2 victory over Philadelphia University and a 3-0 victory over Saint Cloud State University Tuesday at the Division II Rebel Spring Games.

USI (7-6) has won seven of its last eight games to get above the .500-mark for the first time this season.

The Screaming Eagles continue the Rebel Spring Games Thursday with Dowling College at 9:40 a.m. (CST) and Ashland University at 1:20 p.m.

Kristin Eickholt

Southern Indiana 11, Philadelphia (1-4) 2 Box Score
USI exploded for runs in the first, second, fifth, and seventh innings to blow past the Philadelphia Rams, 11-2. Sophomore third baseman Kristin Eickholt (Van Wert, Ohio) led the Eagles with a 3-for-5 performance that included two doubles, a triple, and three runs batted in. Senior hurler Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) picked up her second straight win to improve to 3-4 on the season after giving up just two runs off four hits in seven innings of work.

The Eagles also got RBIs from junior second baseman Audra Lindenschmidt (Evansville, Indiana), freshman outfielder Ally McKinley (Sullivan, Indiana), and freshman utility player Lacey Ligmanowski (Homer Glen, Illinois).

Lindsey McNaughton

Southern Indiana 3, Saint Cloud State (5-8) 0 Box Score
The Eagles' smashed out three runs off four hits and an error in the first inning to give senior pitcher Lindsey McNaughton (Carmel, Indiana) all the support she would need to pick up her fourth straight victory and second straight shutout.

McNaughton (4-2) allowed just three hits as the Eagles won for the fourth straight game and the seventh time in eight outings.

Nikki Nichols

Lindenschmidt, who was 2-for-3 from the plate, started the offensive onslaught in the first inning when she singled to drive in Ligmanowski. Senior catcher Angie Davis (Greenwood, Indiana) followed with a single to drive in sophomore outfielder/pitcher Kathy Wood (Lynnville, Indiana), while junior outfielder/pitcher Nikki Nichols (Henderson, Kentucky) drove in Lindenschmidt with a single later in the inning. Nichols was 3-for-3 from the plate in the victory.

Dan McDonnell,
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