University of Southern Indiana Baseball sophomore leftfielder Aaron Euler (Evansville, Indiana) hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Screaming Eagles to a 7-1 victory over Oakland City University Tuesday evening at the USI Baseball Field. USI, which snaps a four-game losing streak, moves its record to 23-18 overall, while Oakland City goes to 19-13 in 2019.
Euler ignited the USI offense in the fourth inning with his first two-run blast of the game to put the Eagles up 2-0. USI junior designated hitter Manny Lopez (Santo Domingo, D.R.) followed with his seventh round-tripper of the season to give the Eagles a 3-0 advantage after four complete.
After OCU picked up a run in the sixth, the Eagles sealed the victory with a four-spot in the eighth. Euler swatted his second two-run blast of the game to put USI up, 5-1, before junior centerfielder Zach Pate(Evansville, Indiana) hit a two-run shot to complete the scoring in the 7-1 victory.
Euler’s second two-home run game gives him the USI team-lead with eight round trippers in 2019, while Lopez moves into a tie for second with freshman third baseman Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) with seven.
On the mound, senior right-hander Austin Krizan (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) picked up his fifth win of the season and moved into a tie for the team-lead in victories. Krizan (5-2) scattered a hit and a walk over two innings of relief work, while striking out one.
Freshman right-hander Garrett Welch (New Castle, Indiana) started for the Eagles and went the first three innings of the scheduled USI staff day. Welch allowed three hits and a walk in addition to striking out one.