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April 02, 2006

Eagles complete thrilling comeback,
Finish regional crossover with two wins

WHEELING, W.V.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team scored seven runs in the final three innings to overcome a 5-0 deficit and defeat West Virginia Wesleyan College, 7-6, Sunday morning at the Great Lakes Regional Shootout.

USI (17-12) defeated Wheeling Jesuit University, 8-3, in its first game of the day as it finished the regional crossover with a 3-1 mark.

The Screaming Eagles return home Tuesday to take on Brescia University in a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at the USI Softball Field.

Audra Lindenschmidt

Southern Indiana 8, Wheeling Jesuit 3 Box Score
After USI saw its 3-0 lead evaporate, junior second baseman Audra Lindenschmidt (Evansville, Indiana) hit a two-run home run over the left field fence to put the Eagles up 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning.

USI tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning to run away with the victory.

Lindenschmidt led the Eagles offensively, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Senior shortstop Krista Nugent (Hurricane, Utah) also had a pair of RBIs, while sophomore third baseman Kristin Eickholt (Van Wert, Ohio) had another RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Senior pitcher Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) won her team-leading 10th game of the season. Grover (10-5) gave up three runs, two earned, off five hits in seven innings of work.

Lacey Ligmanowski

Southern Indiana 7, West Virginia Wesleyan (26-13) 6 Box Score
USI hit two home runs and scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to overcome a 5-0 deficit. Freshman utility player Lacey Ligmanowski (Homer Glen, Illinois) hit a solo home run to start the scoring spree.

After a walk and a pair of RBI doubles—off the bats of Eickholt and Lindenschimdt—got the Eagles to within two runs, senior hurler Lindsey McNaughton (Carmel, Indiana) blasted a two-run shot to straight-away center to tie the contest.

The Eagles, however, surrendered another run in the top of the sixth and found themselves trailing 7-6.

Once again, USI rose to the occasion in the bottom of the seventh. Senior catcher Angie Davis (Greenwood, Indiana) hit a one-out single to score Eickholt and tie the contest.

WVWC reliever Colby Cooper followed with a wild pitch as she was attempting to intentionally walk McNaughton. The errant pitch allowed Lindenschmidt to score from third and end the game with the Eagles on top, 7-6.

McNaughton (7-7) picked up the victory despite giving up six runs off 11 hits. Just three of the runs were earned.

Dan McDonnell,
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