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March 25, 2008

Kunkle reaches 200-win plateau with sweep

at Southern Indiana (16-12): 12, Brescia (0-8): 0 (5 innings)
-Game 1 Box Score

at Southern Indiana: 7, Brescia: 6
-Game 2 Box Score

Sue Kunkle

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Head Softball Coach Sue Kunkle recorded her 200th career victory at the helm of the Screaming Eagles Tuesday night. She reached the milestone with USI's 7-6 game-two victory over Brescia University at the USI Softball Field after the Eagles trounced the visiting Bearcats, 12-0 in five innings, in game one.

Kunkle joins former Head Coach Beth Watson as the only two in the program's history to reach the 200-win plateau. Kunkle needs just seven wins to surpass Watson for first place on USI's all-time list.

The Eagles (16-12) saw eight different players record an RBI in the third inning alone as they took advantage of a pair of Brescia errors to plate 10 runners before winning the game via the eight-run rule.

Sophomore catcher Tara McConnell (Henderson, Kentucky) continued her red-hot hitting performance from yesterday's doubleheader sweep over Drury University as she went 2-for-3 from the plate with a double and team-best three RBIs.

Dani Monks

In game two, freshman catcher Dani Monks (Evansville, Indiana) hit a lead-off home run in the second inning jump-start USI's second straight three-run inning, which gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead.

Heather Swarts

After spotting the Bearcats six runs in the top of the third inning, USI used an RBI-single off the bat of freshman outfielder Heather Swarts' (Gas City, Indiana) in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-6 lead.

Senior pitcher Amy Harrison (Graceville, Florida) came on in relief of game two and held the Bearcats hitless in the final four innings to pick up her second win of the night. Harrison (8-7) held Brescia to just four hits in game one to pick up her second shutout of the season. She recorded nine strikeouts in the first game and eight in the second game to pick up her third straight decision.

USI returns to action Saturday when it visits Quincy University for a GLVC doubleheader. The Eagles complete the two-day road trip Sunday when they visit No. 13 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Both doubleheaders are slated for noon starts.

Notes: Senior leftfielder Kathy Wood (Lynnville, Indiana) was a combined 5-for-7 from the plate with an RBI, a double, a triple, and four runs scored in the two wins. Wood has hit a team-best .455 in USI's last 17 games…USI had 11 players record RBIs in the doubleheader sweep of Brescia Tuesday night...Six of USI's regular starters are hitting better than .300 this season, with another two hitting .287 or better…Senior pitcher Amy Harrison<

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