Cal State Fullerton annually has one of the best college baseball programs in the country.
At the very least playing them in a non-conference series is a great measuring stick for your program.
And so when Fullerton traveled to Indiana this weekend to take on the Hoosiers it was a tremendous opportunity for the unranked Hoosiers to see how they stacked up against the No. 12 ranked team in the nation.
Saturday afternoon, Indiana provided the quick answer to that question – the Hoosiers can hold their own.
IU swept both games of a doubleheader from the Titans, winning 5-4 in 10 innings in the first game and then blanking Cal State Fullerton 2-0 in game two at Bart Kaufman Field.
The wins were the eighth and ninth in a row for Indiana and guaranteed that the Hoosiers will take the series. IU and CSUF are back in action Sunday for the series finale beginning at 1:05 pm. At BKF.
Here is a look back at both games from Saturday from IU media relations:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana stole its third walk-off game of the season with a 5-4 win in the bottom of a 10th inning that saw No. 12 Cal State Fullerton commit three errors in the final frame of the series opener, the first in a doubleheader played between the two teams on Saturday at Bart Kaufman Field.
After Craig Dedelow reached on an error to open the bottom of the 10th, Brad Hartong bunted to advance the sophomore. Cal State Fullerton committed its second error of the stanza in an attempt to throw to second, allowing Dedelow to advance to third and Hartong to reach second with zero outs.
Indiana trailed 2-0 after two innings 4-3 after six, but continued to battle. Four of IU's 10 hits came in the third inning, when the Hoosiers tacked on three runs to take their first lead of the game.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana clinched the series win over No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, completing a doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 win and its first shutout of the season Saturday at Bart Kaufman Field. IU, which has won nine consecutive games and is now 4-0 at home, scored runs in the first and eighth innings to secure the series.
The Hoosiers struck out 12 batters in the win, including a team-high five from starting pitcher Caleb Baragar and a career-high four from Austin Foote in just 1.1 innings of action. Brian Hobbie earned the win, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing zero runs on just one hit.
Indiana moved to 4-0 in contests in which it scores in the first inning as the Hoosiers wasted no time putting a run on the board.
Casey Rodrigue tripled to center field to lead off the bottom of the first and Craig Dedelow's sacrifice fly scored him a batter later. The Hoosiers loaded the bases with one out after Brad Hartong singled and Scott Donley and Logan Sowers walked, but were unable to build on the 1-0 advantage.
The Hoosiers stranded 10 Cal State Fullerton batters on base throughout the game.
Facing two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Austin Cangelosi homered to left center to give IU a 2-0 edge and the final score.