In its first home game of the regular season, the Indiana University Hoosiers men’s baseball team easily defeated Miami of Ohio on Wednesday. IU ended the game with a final score of 15-1. The Hoosiers also beat the RedHawks 11-2 in Ohio on Tuesday in the first of the two-game series.
Wednesday’s game marked the debut of IU’s new Bart Kaufman Field, which has been under construction since last spring.
Amenities at Bart Kaufman Stadium include locker rooms for both teams and lights that will allow night games. The stadium also includes a picnic area, more parking spaces and a backstop constructed from Indiana limestone. Construction crews are still working on some of the final pieces of the stadium, even as games will continue to be played there.
IU ended Wednesday’s game with 15 runs, 19 hits and zero errors, compared to Miami of Ohio, who concluded with one run, nine hits and four errors.
IU pitcher Aaron Sleger opened the game for the Hoosiers and prevented Miami of Ohio from scoring any runs. The RedHawks did not score until the top of the ninth inning.
Scott Donley proved to be the Hoosiers’ star player of the game, earning four runs for his team. Other contributors included Michael Basil, who earned three runs, and Kyle Schwarber, who earned two.
The victory is the eighth straight win for the Hoosiers, putting them with a record of 15-3 for the season.
Big Ten Conference play begins Friday when the Hoosiers host Penn State in a three-game series.