Southern Indiana head coach Tracy Archuleta gets 300th win in split
INDIANAPOLIS -- Southern Indiana had its 15-game winning streak snapped in the first game of a doubleheader split with Indianapolis on Friday, but gave head coach Tracy Archuleta his 300th career victory in the nightcap as senior centerfielder Brad Wannamuehler hit his first collegiate home run
Indianapolis won the opener 8-3 but Wannamuehler provided all of the offense for the Eagles in a 3-2 victory in the second game, going 3-for-3 and knocking in all three runs.
Wannamuehler gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with RBI singles in the second and fourth innings. The Greyhounds rallied to tie the score in the fifth, setting the stage for Wannamuehler's solo shot in the seventh.
On the hill, senior right-hander Jonathon Wandling became the second seven-game winner on the staff. Wandling (7-1) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out six in six innings of work. Junior shortstop/pitcher Matt Chavarria earned his 10th save of the year by striking out two of the three batters faced.
The Greyounds took command of game one early with three runs in the opening frame and one in the second. USI attempted to get back into the game with a tally in the fourth, fifth, and sixth and trailed 5-3. But Indianapolis scored three more runs in the seventh to pull away.
USI was led in the opening game by Chavarria, who was three-for-four with a run scored, two RBIs, and a home run. The fourth-inning home run was Chavarria's first of the year and first as an Eagle.
Junior right-hander Ben Wright suffered his first loss on the mound since USI's season opening loss in February. Wright (6-2) allowed six runs, three earned, on 10 hits and a walk.