ASHEVILLE, N.C. The Indiana baseball team split a pair of games with the University of Akron Saturday in Asheville, N.C., at Greenwood Field on the campus of UNC-Asheville. The Hoosiers handed the Zips a 17-7 loss in the first game, but Akron came back to win the nightcap, 6-2, and give Indiana its first loss of the season. IU stands at 4-1 on the season and Akron is 1-1 in its first two games of the year.
In the opener, Indiana was sharp offensively, totaling 16 hits and scoring in every inning. Leading 7-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Hoosiers put the game out of reach with six more runs. Senior third baseman Vasili Spanos led the charge, collecting four hits and driving in six runs. Sophomore Corby Heckman was impressive as well. Heckman reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, registering four hits, drawing a walk and scoring four runs.
Senior centerfielder Chad Coder went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI and junior catcher Cody Wargo had a pair of hits in three at bats.
Senior Jacob Cary got the win on the mound for Indiana and improved his season record to 2-0. Cary worked five innings, surrendering eight hits and five earned runs while striking out three. Senior Kevin O’Brien came on in relief in the final two innings and allowed just two hits and one run.
In the second game, the Hoosiers’ bats cooled. IU managed just four hits against Akron starter Frank Mendoza. Indiana opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the third inning when senior designated hitter Nick Evans plated leftfielder Mark Calkins with a sacrifice fly.
The Zips took control of the game in the top of the fourth by scoring five runs, four of which came on a grand slam homer by Marcus Geiselman.
The Hoosiers attempted to rally in their last at bat, but only scored one run and fell short.
Adam Pegg was tagged with the loss for IU. Pegg (1-1) scattered five hits and gave up six runs while fanning three Akron batters. Freshman Chris Hynes pitched the final two innings of the game, allowing two hits and striking out two.
Indiana and Akron will meet again Sunday for another pair of games. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for Noon (EST).