Southern Indiana sweeps UW-Parkside
Screaming Eagles use balanced offensive attack in victories
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – No. 15 Southern Indiana swept a rain-soaked doubleheader from Wisconsin-Parkside, 10-1 and 8-2, Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI rises to 28-12 overall and 20-6 in the GLVC, while UWP goes to 11-21, 9-13 GLVC.
The Screaming Eagles banged out 13 hits and took advantage of four Ranger errors to win the opener, 10-1. USI scored all the runs it would need in a three-run first inning that was highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of junior rightfielder Bryan Chestnut. The home run was the fourth of the season for Chestnut, who finished the game with four RBIs.
Senior leftfielder Michael Huling followed Chestnut with three RBIs on a team-best three hits. The Eagles also got a pair of hits from senior second baseman Ben Griggs, senior designated hitter Tyler Choate, and junior shortstop Brad Vance.
On the mound, senior right-hander Dan Marcacci recorded his second consecutive complete game since rejoining the starting rotation. Marcacci (3-1) allowed one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a season-best nine strikeouts.
The Eagles and the Rangers endured a 2:15 of rain and lightning delays before USI captured the nightcap 8-2.
USI got on the scoreboard right after the rain delay when Chestnut drove in his fifth run of the day for the 1-0 lead. UW-Parkside tied the score 1-1 in the top of the third, but the Eagles bounced back to take the lead on Choate’s sacrifice fly to make the score, 2-1.
The Eagles sealed the game with a five-run sixth inning when they took advantage four walks, two of which drove in runs. Huling led the Eagles in the nightcap with three hits and two RBIs and finished the day with six hits.
Senior right-hander Josh Schultze went the first six innings to get his fourth victory. Schultze (4-4) allowed one unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five Rangers.
The final three innings on the mound for USI were finished by senior right-handers Mark Walther and Jared Canterbury. Walther went 1.2 innings, while Canterbury got the final 1.1.