Wannemuehler smash gives Eagles a split

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Archuleta gets his 300th win at USIGAME SCORE GAME 1: UIndy 8, USI 3
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana senior centerfielder Brad Wannamuehler (Evansville, Indiana) hit his first collegiate home run and gave the eighth-ranked Screaming Eagles a doubleheader split with University of Indianapolis Friday afternoon in Indianapolis, Indiana. USI lost the opener, 8-3, but bounced back to win game two, 3-2.

The Eagles, which had their 15-game winning streak snapped in the opener, go to 36-9 overall and 26-5 in the GLVC, while Indianapolis finishes the day 29-18, 23-10 GLVC. The doubleheader split also cut USI’s magic number to clinch the top seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament to one.

The victory in game two was the 300th win inHead Coach Tracy Archuleta‘s career at USI. Archuleta is 300-146 (.673) in his nearly eight years at the helm for USI and becomes only the second coach in program history to win at least 300 games.

In the nightcap, Wannamuehler provided all of the offense for the Eagles. The senior centerfielder was three-for-three with one run scored, three RBIs, and the game-winning home run.

Wannamuehler gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with RBI singles in the second and fourth inning. The Greyhounds rallied to tie the score, 2-2, in the fifth, setting the stage for Wannamuehler, who put the Eagles in the lead for good in the top of the seventh.

On the hill, senior right-hander Jonathon Wandling (Evansville, Indiana) became the second seven-game winner on the staff. Wandling (7-1) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out six in six innings of work.

Junior shortstop/pitcher Matt Chavarria (Carlsbad, New Mexico) finished the game for USI, throwing a scoreless seventh inning. Charvarria earned his 10th save of the year by striking out two of the three batters faced.

The Greyounds took command of game one early with three runs in the opening frame and one in the second. USI attempted to get back into the game with a tally in the fourth, fifth, and sixth and trailed 5-3.

UIndy would seal the opener with a three-run seventh and finished the contest with the 8-3 win.

USI was led in the opening game by Chavarria, who was three-for-four with a run scored, two RBIs, and a home run. The fourth-inning home run was Chavarria’s first of the year and first as an Eagle.

Junior right-hander Ben Wright (Newburgh, Indiana) suffered his first loss on the mound since USI’s season opening loss in February. Wright (6-2) allowed six runs, three earned, on 10 hits and a walk.

USI and UIndy complete the four-game series Saturday with an 11 a.m. (CDT) doubleheader.