BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Spurred by a six-run first inning, the Indiana baseball team defeated Cleveland State, 10-2, in the first of a three-game series Friday afternoon at Sembower Field. With the win, the Hoosiers evened their overall record at 5-5. The Vikings fell to 0-1 in their season opener.
Sophomore righthander Josh Lewis earned the victory on the mound to pull his record to 1-1 on the season. Lewis pitched six innings and gave up four hits while striking out four. He allowed four walks and no earned runs.
Indiana scored early and often. After Cleveland State opened the scoring with a single run in the first, the Hoosiers put six runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame.
Reggie Watson led off with a double to right-center field , and then moved to third on a Josh Richardson ground out. After Corby Heckman reached on a bean ball, Joe Kemp pounded a double to left-center to send Watson and Heckman home. Seth Bynum knocked Kemp home with a base hit.
Kevin Mahar reached on a fielder's choice, and an errant throw by CSU third baseman Dominic Erney, put Bynum safely at third. Ryan Donley's sacrifice fly scored Bynum. Cody Wargo nailed a two-run homer to right field to give the Hoosiers a 6-1 margin.
IU struck again in the fourth inning as it put together a two-out rally. Heckman singled to third base and moved to second on another throwing error by Erney. Kemp banged a single to right and plated Heckman. Bynum collected his second base hit to put runners on first and second. Both then advanced on a wild pitch and Mahar cleared the bases with his third home run in as many games.
The Vikings plated their second run in the top of the seventh.
Heckman, Wargo, Kemp and Bynum all collected two hits. Kemp and Mahar drove in three runs apiece. Chris Behrens pitched the final three innings in relief. The lefty gave up three hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out one.
Matt Kaltenbach took the loss for Cleveland State. Kaltenbach scattered six Indiana hits and gave up six runs, only three of them earned. He walked two and struck out one.
The Hoosiers and the Vikings will take to the field for game two of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday's finale is set for Noon.
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