With four losses in its past five games, IU (5-6) hoped to improve its record against Morehead State on Tuesday afternoon at Sembower Field.
Behind excellent pitching from junior Chris Squires and nine home runs, the Hoosiers did just that in a dominating 18-3 victory. Squires pitched six innings, giving up five hits and only three earned runs on the afternoon.
“It has been a while since I have had a start,” said Squires, who usually closes. “I felt good in the pan, and when I got out there my defense definitely made plays for me, and I was able to get through.”
Hoosier hitting was also up to par. IU had a combined 22 hits against the Eagles, including three home runs from junior catcher Josh Phegley and a grand slam by junior shortstop Jake Dunning. Phegley’s three home runs were the most hit by a Hoosier in a single game since Doug DeVore against Indiana-Wesleyan in 1999.
In total, seven Hoosiers contributed home runs.
Phegley said the hitting against the Eagles will help boost team confidence in the future.
“With the wind, it was a launch pad out here,” he said after the victory. “Anything they served up near the middle we hit pretty well. This shows what our bats are capable of day in and day out."
The Hoosiers’ next contest will come when they travel to Kentucky at 4 p.m. today.
– By Greg Rosenstein