Eagles grounded by Panthers, 12-7

Eagles grounded by Panthers, 12-7

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -University of Southern Indiana Baseball could not overcome an eight-run deficit and fell to Kentucky Wesleyan College, 12-7, Tuesday evening at the USI Baseball Field. USI moves its record to 22-15 overall, while KWC goes to 18-17.

The Screaming Eagles led for one inning in the contest after senior second baseman Jacob Fleming(Evansville, Indiana) scored on an RBI-single by senior first baseman Nathan Kuester (Rockport, Indiana). The 1-0 lead would last until the second frame when KWC scored four times to take a 4-1 advantage.

The Panthers continued to rally in the third with five more runs for a game-best eight-run, 9-1 lead. USI attempted to get back into the game with five unanswered runs by scoring four in the bottom of the third and one in the Eagles’ half of the fourth to cut the deficit to 9-6. KWC regained control in the fifth with a pairs runs to re-extend its lead to five runs, 11-6, and sealed the Eagles’ fate with a tally in the eighth before the 12-7 final.

Freshman catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) and sophomore centerfielder Bryce Krizan (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) led the Eagles at the plate with two hits and two RBIs each. Kuester also had a pair of hits as a part of the USI offensive attack.

On the mound, freshman left-hander Sammy Barnett (Sellersburg, Indiana) (3-2) started and took the loss among the four USI hurlers. USI pitchers allowed 12 runs, nine earned, on 12 hits and three walks.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles hit the road this weekend, traveling to the University of Illinois Springfield for a three-game set Friday and Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for noon each day.

USI leads the all-time series with the Prairie Stars, 22-8, after going 2-4 in five meetings last spring. The Eagles lost all four of the regular season games before bouncing back to eliminate top-seeded Illinois Springfield during the GLVC Tournament and deliver the Stars’ first loss in the NCAA II Midwest Regional Tournament.

The Stars are tied with the Eagles for third in the GLVC with a 15-9 league record and are 24-11-1 overall in 2019.

Text Courtesy: USI Athletics

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