Junior A.J. Dokey had three his in six plate appearances Friday at Rockhurst University to help lead the University of Southern Indiana baseball team to a sweep over the Hawks in a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader. The Screaming Eagles took game one 7-6 and followed that up with a 4-1 victory.
USI used a six-run third inning to pull ahead of Rockhurst, who was up 2-0 going into the frame. The big inning was aided by a fielding and throwing error by the Hawks.
Dokey got the inning started with a double to the gap and then later scored when senior Reece Rounder grounded into a fielders choice. Senior B.J. Willis, who followed Rounder picked-up his 11th RBI on an infield single.
The big blow in the inning came from freshman Andrew Cope's bat when he singled in Rounder and Willis.
However, Rockhurst would not go away as it scored four runs over the last five innings to get within a run (7-6) in the eighth.
Junior Brandon Shaw, who entered the game in the eighth with bases juiced, got out of the jam by inducing a ground ball.
Earning the win for the Eagles was junior David Toth (3-0), who pitched six innings, struck out eight and allowed five runs. Shaw, meanwhile received his second save of the season, which was tied for the team lead.
Each club scored a first inning run, but a three-run fifth gave the Eagles 4-1 lead when Dokey, junior Bryce Shoulders and freshman Kyle Kempf drove in the runs.
USI (11-1, 2-0) struck first, when Rounder drove his 10th RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly in top half of the first. However, USI would give the run back in the bottom of the inning after junior Matt Bowles allowed three hits to the first four batters.
Bowles (3-1) though would settle down, as he allowed just two more Rockhurst runners in scoring position.
The Mt. Washington, Kentucky, native finished his day tossing 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, one run and sitting down seven.
Shaw came in again to earn his third save of the season after relieving Bowles in the sixth. Shaw struck out a pair of Rockurst (4-5, 0-2) batters and gave up just two hits over his 1.2 innings of work.
The same two teams meet Saturday afternoon beginning at noon for a doubleheader.
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