Bradenton, Fla. - The Hoosiers faced Boston College Monday in Bradenton, Fla. at the IMG Academy and took away their third straight win, 5-3 over the Eagles. The Hoosiers improve to 3-0 on the season while Boston College falls to 0-6.
The Hoosiers got on the board early as designated hitter Nick Evans singled to center field early in the top of the second inning. Evans advanced to third on a Corby Heckman double down the left field line and scored on an error by BC's catcher to put the Hoosiers up, 1-0.
On the mound for Indiana, Chris Behrens got the start and did not give the Eagles a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, after IU got three consecutive outs, Boston College capitalized and took the lead, 2-1.
It did not take long for IU to respond. After Boston College walked Vasili Spanos, Evans advanced to first on an error by the first baseman while Spanos scored on the error to tie the game at two runs each.
In the top of the sixth inning, Mark Calkins gave the Hoosiers a crucial base runner after an error by the BC shortstop. Calkins advanced to second on a wild pitch as Kevin Mahar got the RBI when he singled to right field, driving in the go-ahead run.
Freshman pitcher Derek Hibbs saw his first collegiate action Monday as he pitched the sixth inning without giving up a hit. Josh Lewis came in in the bottom of the seventh, giving up the tying run. Jacob Cary came in in the seventh inning and ultimately got the win, his first of the season, when the Hoosiers got hot on offense.
While both teams stayed tied in the stronghold at three runs apiece, IU was determined for victory before returning to the wintry weather Bloomington holds in store. Calkins set up his second run of the afternoon when he reached first on a passed ball with one Indiana out. Spanos singled to left field, advancing Calkins to second base. Evans got the game-winning RBI as his double to the gap in center field drove in both Calkins and Spanos. Boston College had a chance to make it even more interesting with the last at-bat, but the Eagles went one-two-three as Indiana took home the win.