Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Aces 'Always in Control' ; BATTLE AT THE BRAUN: ACES 4, EAGLES 0 Isom Cruises as UE Nabs 8th Straight over USI

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Aces 'Always in Control' ; BATTLE AT THE BRAUN: ACES 4, EAGLES 0 Isom Cruises as UE Nabs 8th Straight over USI

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Cole Isom did what he's been trying to do all season - throw fastballs in on the hands of right-handed batters. "It works well when I'm throwing my change-up away," said the University of Evansville left-hander. "It's when I get my (fastball) out over the plate that hitters can get around on me."

Facing a University of Southern Indiana lineup dominated by righties, Isom scattered six hits over six innings while striking out six - and walking zero - during Wednesday night's Battle at the Braun baseball game at UE's Braun Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Aces (17-29) pieced together two runs in the first inning and two more in the sixth en route to a 4-0 victory, their eighth straight win in the series.

It didn't matter that USI (29-16) sandwiched two singles around an out in the top of the first. That's when Isom threw his first off-speed pitch, a change-up, that the Eagles' Brent Weinzapfel hit into a double play to end the inning.

"We stuck with the fastball for quite a few pitches," said Isom (3-5), who came into the game with a 5.11 earned-run average. "I didn't really go to my off-speed (pitches) until late in the second inning or into the third."

Except for that changeup he threw Weinzapfel, USI's leading hitter.

"People look at this game and say, 'well, you're just playing a Division II school,' but it's a good Division II school," said Isom. "To post a zero for our whole staff really helps our confidence."

Helping the 6-foot, 160-pound junior complete the shutout were three other hurlers: freshman Brent Jurceka and juniors Sam Johns and Ryan Billo, each of whom pitched an inning.

USI coach Tracy Archuleta - who saw his team's seven-game winning streak end - said his batters didn't do what they should have done against Isom.

"He got on top of our hitters, but we didn't execute," he said. "Early in the counts we got pitches to hit and didn't execute. …

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