Bradenton, Fla. - After a tough offensive start to the season against Findlay on Friday night in a 6-5 win over the Oilers, the Hoosiers opened things up with a 12-2 victory over Valparaiso and improved to 2-0 on the season.
Mark Calkins got the first hit for IU in the bottom of the first with a double to center field. Neither team could put together a scoring offense until the top of the fourth when Valpo scored from second on a single to center field.
It did not take Indiana long to respond when Kevin Mahar walked in the bottom of the fourth, ultimately scoring on a Ryan Donley single down the left field line.
The fifth inning saw the Crusaders go three-and-out. Valparaiso left starting pitcher Marc Boggio in the lineup as designated hitter while Adam Knobel took the mound, replacing Boggio. With one out, Calkins and Vasili Spanos each singled consecutively and then advanced on stolen bases. With runners on second and third, Mahar doubled to left field, knocking both Calkins and Spanos in. Mahar advanced to third when Hoosier designated hitter Nick Evans was put out at first and stole home to put the Hoosiers in a comfortable 4-1 lead.
IU then scored four runs in the sixth, coming on hits from Seth Bynum, Chad Coder, David Hughes and Spanos to put IU in the lead, 8-1.
With the Hoosiers up by seven runs heading into the bottom of the eighth, they sealed the victory when Calkins singled to center field to give the Hoosiers an integral base runner. Spanos stepped to the plate and hit a long ball over the left field fence to score two runs for the Hoosiers. Up next, Mahar doubled, scoring when Donley got on first on an error by the Crusaders' shortstop. Brad DeStefano came enter the game in the eighth, earning one RBI for IU as he scored sophomore catcher Kurt Weigle.
Defensively for the Hoosiers, Adam Pegg got the win on the mound. He pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out four. Freshman Troy Ragle came in at the top of the seventh inning and allowed just three hits and one run the rest of the way.
The Hoosiers return to Manatee Community College Sunday for a 1 p.m. game with Holy Cross.