Southern Indiana rallies to win regional title, advances to championships
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Top seed University of Southern Indiana won its third NCAA Division II Midwest Regional championship with a 4-2 win against third-seed Drury University on Sunday. USI rose to 45-12 overall, while Drury saw their record fall to 44-13.
The Screaming Eagles advance to the Division II national championships for the third time since 2007 under head coach Tracy Archuleta. USI won the national championship in 2010 and reached the national semifinals in '07.
The Eagles were the first to push a run across the plate when Hamilton Carr singled in Brent Weinzapfel with two outs in the fourth. They would up the lead to 2-0 the next inning when Kyle Kempf doubled, advanced to third on a fly out, and scored on an RBI-single by Matt Chavarria.
Drury would bounce back to tie the game with a tally in the sixth and seventh innings, setting the stage for USI's game-winning rally in the ninth.
With one out, Andrew Cope walked and promptly circled the bases with the eventual game-winning run on a RBI double by Charvarria. The Eagles would get an insurance run with two outs when Ryan Bertram sent Chavarria home with a single up the middle.
Chavarria (4-0) would make the most of the 4-2 lead and closed out the game in the ninth for his fourth win of the season. He threw 4.0 innings in relief, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out a batter.
Jonathon Wandling got the no-decision after throwing 5.0 innings on two days rest. Wandling (10-1), who was named the regional Most Valuable Player and to the All-Tournament team, struck out one and allowed one run on five hits and a one walk.