The University of Southern Indiana baseball team started its 11-game homestand with a decisive 6-1 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan College Tuesday evening at the USI Baseball Field. USI sees its record rise to 13-10 overall and 4-9 in the GLVC, while KWC goes to 8-16, 3-10 GLVC.
The Screaming Eagles were led by the dominating performance of sophomore right-hander Ben Wright (Newburgh, Indiana). Wright (4-2), who was throwing on three-days rest, went seven strong innings, allowing five hits and an unearned run. The junior right-hander also struck out five and set down 13-straight batters between the end of the second and the sixth.
USI started the scoring in the opening frame when junior designated hitte Brent Weinzapfel (Evansville, Indiana) doubled in freshman second baseman Kyle Niemeier(Evansville, Indiana) with two outs. The Eagles' 1-0 lead did not last long as the Panthers tied the score with an unearned run in the top of the second.
The score would remain 1-1 until the fourth when senior third baseman Reece Rounder (Evansville, Indiana) crossed the plate with the eventual winning run and the 2-1 lead. Rounder doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a fly-out, and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman centerfielder Kyle Kempf(Evansville, Indiana).
USI would seal the victory with a three-run fifth inning to lead 5-1. Freshman first baseman Andrew Cope(Evansville, Indiana) doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a single up the middle by senior rightfielder BJ Willis (Cincinnati, Ohio). Willis would come around and score on a single by Rounder, while Niemeier finished the scoring in the fifth when he scored on a wild pitch.
The final tally of the game for USI crossed the plate in the bottom of the eighth. Junior pinch runner Bryce Shoulders (Newburgh, Indiana) scored on a single to center by Cope. Shoulders pinch ran for Weinzapfel, who walked to lead off the inning.
The Eagles and the Panther conclude their two-game Wednesday at 6 p.m.