Eagles win in 16th over TNU


The University of Southern Indiana sophomore centerfielder Bryce Krizan(Mt. Vernon, Indiana) knocked in the game-winning run in the 16th with a sacrifice fly to lead the Screaming Eagles to a 3-2 win over Trevecca Nazarene University Friday evening in Nashville, Tennessee. The Screaming Eagles move their record to 7-1 to start the year, while the Trojans go to 4-5.

The 16 innings is the most for the Eagles since the 2013 season when they went 18 innings in a 5-4 win over the University of Indianapolis.

In the 16th, USI senior designated hitter Jayden Beshears (Evansville, Indiana) was hit by a pitch and advance to second on a sac bunt by senior leftfielder LuWan Rollins (Evansville, Indana). After freshman catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) was intentionally walked and sophomore shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) reached on a single that drove Beshears to third, Krizan lifted the sac fly to center for the game-winner.

USI junior left-hander Paul Perez (Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela) closed out the game to get his first win of the year. Perez scattered three hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work, while striking out a season-high six.

The Eagles jumped out to the early with a tally in the top of the first when Krizan scored on a sac fly by senior second baseman Jacob Fleming (Evansville, Indiana). Krizan had reached on a walk and advanced into scoring position by stealing second and third.

After Trevecca Nazarene took the lead, 2-1, with a tally in the fourth and the fifth, USI knotted the game at 2-2 when Hunter doubled in Beshears with two outs. The score would remain tied, 2-2, through the end of regulation and set the stage for Krizan in the 16th.

Senior right-hander Austin Krizan (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) started and got the no-decision. Krizan allowed two runs on seven hits and six walks, whild striking out four in seven innings of work.

Austin Krizan was followed to the mound by senior right-hander Dalton Lewis (Parker, Colorado), who threw 2/3 of an inning, allowing one hit and a walk. Junior right-hander Jacob Bowles (Mt. Washington, Kentucky) got the Eagles to the 12th, allowing one hit and striking out a career-high seven batters.