USI advances with upset of Little Rock Eagles will play winner of SEMO/MSU at noon Friday


MARION, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball upset top-seeded University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2-0, to advance in the OVC Baseball Championship Thursday afternoon at Mtn Dew Park. The fourth-seeded Eagles are 27-30 overall, while the Trojans are 32-23.
The Eagles advance to play the winner of tonight’s game between the second-seeded Southeast Missouri State University and third-seeded Morehead State University game at noon Friday. Friday’s game is being moved up to noon due to the weather forecast.
The double-elimination portion of the OVC Baseball Championship runs through Saturday.
USI grabbed the lead in the third inning when junior catcher Logan Mock (Livermore, California) blasted a home run to left field. It would remain 1-0 until the top of the ninth when junior leftfielder Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri) sealed the 2-0 victory with a RBI-single that scored senior first baseman Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas), who had tripled to lead off the inning.
USI junior right-handers Tyler Hutson (Villa Hills, Kentucky) and Carson Seeman (Auburn, California) made those two runs stand up on the mound. Hutson (1-4) won his first game of the year by throwing seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks, while striking out five.
Seeman earned his second save of the season by throwing a scoreless eighth and ninth, allowing one walk.