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May 05, 2006

No. 24 Eagles go 2-1 to open GLVC Tournament,
Take on Northern Kentucky Saturday at 1 p.m.

EAST PEORIA, Ill.The No. 24-ranked University of Southern Indiana softball team survived a furious rally from seventh-seeded Saint Joseph's College to post an 8-5 victory Friday night and stay alive in the GLVC Tournament.

USI (37-15) defeated the Pumas in the first game before falling to Lewis University, 7-6, in the second round. The Screaming Eagles play Northern Kentucky University Saturday at 1 p.m. in the elimination bracket. If USI wins, it will play the loser of the Lewis-Southern Illinois University Edwardsville game at 5 p.m.

Missy Grover

Lacey Ligmanowski

USI got two wins out of senior pitcher Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana) as well as two home runs from freshman rightfielder Lacey Ligmanowski (Homer Glen, Illinois). Ligmanowski went 6-for-11 at the plate with two home runs and six runs batted in. She also scored four times.

Southern Indiana 4, Saint Joseph's (26-17) 0 Box Score

Senior designated player Lindsey McNaughton (Carmel, Indiana) hit a solo home run in the second inning and freshman centerfielder Ally McKinely (Sullivan, Indiana) cracked a three-run shot over the leftfield fence in the fourth inning as the Eagles downed the Pumas, 4-0, to open the GLVC Tournament.

The Eagles got an outstanding pitching performance from senior Missy Grover (Mishawaka, Indiana). Grover (20-6) had eight strike outs and allowed just four hits as she won for the 12th time in her last 13 starts.

Lewis (38-11) 7, Southern Indiana 6 Box Score
USI's seventh inning rally came up a run short as Lewis held on for the 7-6 victory. Freshman rightfielder Lacey Ligmanowski (Homer Glen, Illinois) hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the Eagles to within a run.

The Eagles had runners on first and second with two outs, but senior catcher Angie Davis (Greenwood, Indiana), who hit a two-run home run earlier in the game, flied out to Lewis leftfielder Robin Martz to end the game.

McKinley also had an RBI single in the second inning to give USI its first run of the contest.

The Eagles committed three errors and saw Lewis hitters belt two home runs as they fell behind 7-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

McNaughton (16-9) was charged with the loss after giving up all seven runs, four earned, off 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Kristin Eickholt

Southern Indiana 8, Saint Joseph's 5 (Elimination bracket) Box Score
Sophomore third baseman Kristin Eickholt (Van Wert, Ohio) hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Eagles to an 8-5 victory over Saint Joseph's in the eli

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