Group effort gives USI Softball another sweep

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University of Southern Indiana Softball saw nine different players record a hit and six different players notch RBIs as it swept a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader from visiting William Jewell College Sunday afternoon at the USI Softball Field.

Junior catcher Lindsey Barr (Whitesville, Kentucky) led the Screaming Eagles at the plate, going a combined 4-of-7 with a double and two RBIs; while sophomore pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt (Louisville, Kentucky) earned a pair of wins in the circle.

The Eagles (23-16, 12-8 GLVC), winners of six straight, return to action Tuesday at 5 p.m. when they host Midwest Region rival Kentucky Wesleyan College at the USI Softball Field. The Panthers (18-19, 6-10 GMAC) have lost four straight entering Tuesday’s twinbill.

Game 1: USI 6, William Jewell 5 (Box Score)
Barr hit a walk-off, RBI-double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Eagles the 6-5 win.

USI, which scored five straight runs to take a 5-1 advantage, saw its lead evaporate as the Cardinals scored four times in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score.

Earlier in the game, the Eagles answered a William Jewell tally with two runs in the home half of the first frame. Senior first baseman Marleah Fossett (Brownsburg, Indiana) had a two-out, two-run single to give the Eagles the early lead.

The Eagles padded their advantage with three runs in the fourth inning. Leonhardt, junior outfielder Caitlyn Bradley (Forest, Indiana) and sophomore outfielder Allison Schubert (Nicholasville, Kentucky) each had RBIs for the Eagles, who extended their lead to 5-1.

Leonhardt (12-8) spelled junior hurler Haylee Smith (Florence, Kentucky) with two outs in the sixth inning to earn the win. She allowed just two base runners while fanning four batters.

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