EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - University of Southern Indiana Baseball had to settle for a doubleheader split with #10 (NCBWA)/#16 (ABCA) Lindenwood University Sunday afternoon in St. Charles, Missouri. USI won the opener, 9-4, but fell in the nightcap, 9-3.
The Screaming Eagles go to 20-16 overall and 16-12 GLVC, while the Lions end the afternoon 23-5, 19-5 GLVC.
The Eagles broke out in front for the first time in the series and cruised to a 9-4 victory in the opener.
USI scored four runs in the top of the first and took its first lead of the series on a two-run double by senior right-fielder Manny Lopez and a two-run single junior designated hitter Michael Conner. The Lions would respond with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to trim the USI margin to 4-2 after the first.
The Eagles pushed the lead back to four, 6-2, in the top of the second when senior shortstop Kobe Stephens and junior second baseman Ethan Hunter knocked a tally in with a RBI-double and RBI-single, respectively. The second four-run lead of the game would last until bottom of the third when Lindenwood scored twice to pull to within two, 6-4.
USI sealed the victory with a two-run eighth inning. Stephens started the seventh inning rally with his fourth hit of the contest, advancing to third on a wild pitch and a single by Lopez. Conner would drive in his team-high third and fourth RBIs of the game with a double, giving the Eagles comfortable 8-4 advantage.
Conner would come around with the Eagles’ ninth run of the game on a RBI-double by freshman leftfielder Gavin McLarty to give the game the eventual 9-4 final.
On the mound, senior right-hander Jacob Bowles would make the nine USI runs stand up for the opening game win. Bowles (4-2) won his team-best fourth of the season by allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four.
The Eagles allowed nine unanswered runs and stumbled in the nightcap, 9-3.
USI took an early lead, 1-0, for the second-straight game before Lindenwood scored three in the third and six in the fourth to build a 9-1 advantage. The Eagles had the 1-0 lead on a solo shot by senior right-fielder Manny Lopez, his second of the series and his team-best 10th of the season.
In the fifth and sixth, USI would cut into the deficit with a run in both frames to trail, 9-3. Senior centerfielder Bryce Krizan pushed the second Eagles’ run across with a RBI-double in the fifth, while Lopez struck again in the sixth with an RBI-sacrifice fly.
On the mound, senior right-hander Tyler Hagedorn took the loss. Hagedorn (2-1) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings of work.
Up Next for the Eagles:
The Eagles conclude the regular season by hosting the University of Indianapolis (April 30-May 2) at the USI Baseball Field. The May 2 game versus U-Indy is Senior Day for the Eagles.
The Greyhounds are 16-16 overall, 14-10 GLVC, after splitting a four-game series with McKendree University at home this weekend.
USI leads the all-time series with U-Indy, 59-56, after the Greyhounds took two of three from the Eagles in 2019. The Eagles, however, are 6-4 versus the Greyhounds since 2018.
The USI-Oakland City University game, slated for April 28, has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.