USI Baseball Drops a Pair to UIndy, to Conclude Road Swing

USI Baseball Drops a Pair to UIndy, to Conclude Road Swing

INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE) - University of Southern Indiana Baseball lost a doubleheader to the University of Indianapolis, 8-7 and 7-3, Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Indiana. USI moves its record to 20-12 overall and 13-7 in the GLVC, while U-Indy goes to 19-12, 12-8 GLVC.

Game 1: The Eagles led early, rallied to tie the game in their final at-bat, but lost the game in bottom half of the ninth, 8-7. USI grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and extended it to 3-0 in the top of the second with the help of a pair of U-Indy errors. The Greyhounds cut the Eagles’ margin to 3-1 with a tally in the bottom of the second, but USI regained its three-run advantage with a fourth tally in the top of fourth. UIndy rallied for a second time, scoring three in the fifth to knot the game, 4-4, and took its first lead of the game, 5-4, when it pushed a run across in the sixth. USI made its first comeback when it tied the game, 5-5, in the top of the eighth on a senior pinch runner LaWan Rollins (Evansville, Indiana) scored on a wild pitch. The Greyhound regained the advantage in the bottom of the eighth, 7-5, with a pair of runs. The Eagles, however, were not done and rallied for second time in the top of the ninth with pair of runs to set the stage for the bottom of the ninth. Freshman catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) cut the ninth inning deficit to 7-6 with an RBI-single to score senior second baseman Jacob Fleming (Evansville, Indiana) before senior first baseman Nathan Kuester (Rockport, Indiana) doubled with two outs to score McNew from first and tie the contest, 7-7. USI’s luck would run out in the bottom of the ninth when U-Indy loaded the bases against freshman right-hander Luke Johnston (Evansville, Indiana) with no one out and scored on a RBI single for an 8-7 win. Johnston (0-1) allowed the winning run on one hit and three walks. Eagles’ senior right-hander Austin Krizan (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) started and got a no-decision. Krizan allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks, in addition to striking out five batters.

Game 2:USI allowed six first inning runs and fell to U-Indy, 7-3, to conclude the twin bill on Saturday. The Greyhounds handed USI senior left-handed starter Chase Partain (Evansville, Indiana) his fourth loss of the season, chasing him in the opening frame with six runs, five earned. The USI bullpen took over the rest of the way and stymied U-Indy for six of final 7.2 innings of action. USI junior left-hander Paul Perez (Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela) held the Greyhounds scoreless through 3.1 innings of work, while junior right-hander Tyler Hagedorn (Evansville, Indiana) allowed one run in the final four frames. At the plate, USI senior first baseman Nathan Kuester put the Eagles on the board with a third inning solo shot, his fourth of the season, while senior second baseman Jacob Fleming pushed sophomore shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) across the plate with a ground out in the seventh and a RBI-single in the ninth for all of the Eagles’ scoring.

Up Next for the Eagles: The Eagles return to the friendly surroundings of the USI Baseball Field April 9 at 6 p.m. when they host McKendree University. USI swept a doubleheader from McKendree last week in Lebanon, Illinois, 9-7 and 7-0.

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