The Hoosiers took care of business on Tuesday evening at Valparaiso with an 11-2 victory. Freshman Jerry Kleman got the start on the hill for IU and pitched 3 innings of scoreless baseball to pick up his first win as a Hoosier. In total, 5 pitchers (including new roster addition Alex Zerman) combined to hold Valpo to just a pair of runs. At the plate, 3 Hoosiers (Alex Dickerson, Josh Lyon and Wes Wilson) recorded multi-hit performances as the team cranked out 11 hits in this one.
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Player of the Game - Alex Dickerson
It was just another day at the office for Dickerson. The big lefty went 3-4 with 3 runs batted in, 2 runs scored and his 14th home run of the year to lead the way offensively for IU.
Stat of the Game - 10 Strikeouts
While this was a pretty solid performance all the way around for Indiana, it was nonetheless alarming to see that IU's hitters struck out 10 times against Valpo's hurlers on Tuesday. This team simply can't afford to have so many empty plate appearances, especially against the heightened competition the Hoosiers will face in conference action moving forward.
Breakdown - Taking Care of Business
This was a game the Hoosiers should have won on paper, and they went and did just that. Valpo was definitely the inferior team on Tuesday evening, and it was good to see IU jump on them early and not let them hang around. Hopefully the Hoosiers will now carry some momentum into this weekend's showdown with Iowa as they try to pick up their first Big Ten series win of the season.
Next Up - Iowa
Indiana plays host to the Hawkeyes of Iowa this weekend in Bloomington. The first pitch for Friday's series opener is slated for 3:05pm ET.
Click here for the recap from today's Indiana Daily Student.