ST. LOUIS, MO. (WFIE) - University of Southern Indiana Baseball exploded for 20 total runs in a doubleheader sweep at Maryville University Saturday afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri. USI took the opener, 10-5, and the nightcap, 10-4.
The Screaming Eagles go to 6-11 overall and 4-7 in the GLVC, after today’s action, while Maryville is 7-9 overall, 5-4 GLVC.
USI blasted four home runs in the opener to defeat Maryville, 10-5, to begin the doubleheader.
Eagles’ junior third baseman Michael Conner started the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot to give USI a 2-0 lead. The advantage did not last long as the Saints scored four times in the bottom half of the opening frame to put the Eagles in a 4-2 hole.
USI started to take control in the second inning when sophomore centerfielder Austin Moody narrowed the deficit to 4-3 with a round-tripper to left field. Moody’s home run ignited eight unanswered runs putting the Eagles in command.
The Eagles moved into the lead for good, 7-4, with a four-run fourth, highlighted by a two-run single up the middle by junior left-fielder Bryce Krizan. USI pushed the margin to 9-4 in the fifth when senior right-fielder Manny Lopez and junior designated hitter Aaron Euler hit back-to-back blasts before the Eagles finished its eight-run surge with a tally in the sixth.
The Saints would add a tally in the bottom of the seventh to conclude USI’s 10-5 victory.
On the mound, junior right-hander Brady Bowling picked up the win in relief. Bowling allowed one run on one hit, while striking out four in 3.2 frames of work.
The Eagles completed the doubleheader sweep behind the hot hitting of the top of the lineup and a strong start from senior right-hander Jacob Bowles in a 10-4 victory.
The one through four hitters in the USI line-up combined for seven hits, five runs scored, and nine of the 10 RBI as the Eagles scored one in the first and second; two in the third; one in the fourth; and five in the sixth for the victory.
Bowles (1-2) posted his first win of the season, allowing four runs on nine hits, while striking out five in 6.1 innings of work. USI sophomore left-hander Sammy Barnett got the final two outs for Bowles to close out the victory.
Up Next for the Eagles:
The Eagles and the Saints conclude the four-game series Sunday with a noon single game at Maryville.
USI-UMSL series moved up next week:
The Eagles return home next weekend for a four-game series with the University of Missouri-St. Louis April 1-3 at the USI Baseball. The series, which was originally slated for April 2-4, was moved up due to the Easter holiday. Live coverage can be accessed through GoUSIEagles.com.
The time for the first pitch is 6 p.m. April 1; 2 p.m. April 2 (doubleheader); and noon April 3.