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Eagles drop pair to the Flyers

ROMEOVILLE, IL (WFIE) -

The University of Southern Indiana baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader to Lewis University, 4-0 and 2-1, Saturday afternoon in Roemoville, Illinois. The Screaming Eagles saw their record dip to 16-19 overall and 13-15 in the GLVC, while the Flyers finish the doubleheader 18-19, 13-15 GLVC.
 
The doubleheader sweep of the Eagles drops USI into a tie for fifth in the GLVC East Division with Lewis. USI is a game back of Bellarmine University and the University of Illinois Springfield, which are tied for second in the division, and a half-game back of fourth-place Saint Joseph's College, which is fourth.
 
The Eagles have eight conference games left in 2015 to try and secure a spot in GLVC Tournament, which is made up of the top three teams in each division and two wild cards. The GLVC Tournament is slated for May 7-10.
 
Lewis scored four times in the first inning and stymied the USI hitters, limiting them to four hits, in defeating the Eagles, 4-0. USI senior right-hander Matt Chavarria (Carlsbad, New Mexico) took the loss in the opener, stopping is his personal three-game winning streak as a starter.
 
Chavarria (4-3) allowed all four runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight in six innings of work.
 
The nightcap featured a USI-Lewis pitching duel for seven-and-a-half innings before the Flyers struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated the Eagles, 2-1. Lewis found just enough offense to post the win against USI senior right-handed reliever Scott Haag (Ft. Wayne, Indiana).
 
Haag (1-3), who relieved USI junior right-handed starter Tyler Nichols (Newburgh, Indiana), allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning of work. Nichols went the first seven innings, no-hitting the Flyers through five innings and shutting Lewis out on three hits before giving way to Haag in the eighth.
 
USI tried to rally in the top of the ninth, pulling to within one run, 2-1, on three straight hits, including a RBI-double by junior pinch hitter Ryan Bertram (Zionsville, Indiana). The tying and go-ahead runs for USI would be stranded at second and third when junior centerfielder Hamilton Carr (Evansville, Indiana) and freshman leftfielder Sam Griggs (Evansville, Indiana) struck out looking to end the contest.
 
Overall, USI left 10 runners on base in the contest, including the bases loaded in the seventh.
 
The Eagles return home for their last regular season homestand next week, starting with Oakland City University on Wednesday. The homestand continues with a four-game series versus McKendree University April 24-26 and ends with a single-game showdown against Kentucky Wesleyan College April 28.

Provided by USI Sports Information Department

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