Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    February 22, 2000



    The Indiana baseball team used strong pitching and solid hitting to defeat Indiana Wesleyan 11-2. The win improved the Hoosiers to 3-2 on the season and a perfect 3-0 at home.

    The Hoosiers used four pitchers who combined to strike out 18 Wildcat hitters while walking only three. Indiana bats provided 11 hits as the Hoosiers scored in six different innings.

    David Ferris set the tone early for the Indiana staff as he started and worked four innings and fanned a career-high ten batters while walking just one to earn the victory. He allowed three hits as he faced a total of 15 batters.

    "David had good command of his fastball and breaking ball today," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said.

    Nick Otte followed Ferris with five strikeouts in two innings of work. He allowed just two hits and walked just one. Nick Vitiellis pitched a pair of innings and fanned two hitters without walking anyone. Chris Wilson, who set and Indiana school record with eight saves last season, saw his first action of 2000 as he closed out the game for the Hoosiers.

    The Hoosiers used a pair of home runs in the second inning to break open a 1-1 game. Blake St. Clair led off the inning with a solo shot to right field and Kevin O'Brien connected on his first career homer to dead center field two batters later to give Indiana a 3-1 lead.

    "We showed good discipline at plate today and hit well," Morgan said. "O'Brien played well for us today."

    Indiana put two more runs on the board in the fourth inning as Dan Haegele drove home a pair with a double. The Hoosiers tacked on another three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Mark Minor and St. Clair drove in a runs in the fifth and Rich Berich and Gibran Hamdan did the same in the sixth.

    The final Hoosier run came on Kory Seitz's stealing home in a double steal in the seventh.

    Indiana takes to the road this weekend then it faces Middle Tennessee State on Saturday and Sunday.

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