Not only did Indiana (13-4) complete the three-game sweep over the No. 12 team in the country, but did so in emphatic fashion, earning a 10-4 victory over the Titans (8-8).
The win gives the Hoosiers 10 straight victories and a 5-0 home record.
Sophomore first baseman Austin Cangelosi broke open the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two RBI double to give the Hoosier bullpen a comfortable 9-4 lead.
Luke Harrison played the setup man role in the eighth inning, striking out the first two Cal State Fullerton batters, and then forcing a ground out to get the third.
Then it was closer Ryan Halstead’s turn in the ninth inning, where he also went 1-2-3 to close out the series.
Cangelosi was the star of the day offensively, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
“He’s really clutch,” Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis said of Cangelosi. “There’s one big Cangelosi hit in every game it seems like, and that’s what you like about when the situation arises you get a guy who does a little bit more, and he’s able to do that.”
“I’ve been working on some things offensively,” Cangelosi said. “Just staying on the ball, and I hit a ball to right-center, hit a base hit down the side, then the triple. It’s just good to finally get out here and get some hits of my own.”
Cangelosi got things rolling early for the Hoosier offense with an RBI triple in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1.
Following a Will Nolden walk, Pasteur drove in two more with the second IU triple of the inning, giving Indiana a 3-1 lead.
“Those extra base hits are huge,” Lemonis said. “They kept us in the game then it blew the game open.”
Indiana starting pitcher Jake Kelzer stumbled through the fifth inning a bit, allowing three earned runs on a Cal State Fullerton home run by Josh Estill. Evan Bell then subbed in for Kelzer and struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning trailing 4-3.
The Hoosiers took the lead back in the sixth inning. After a Cangelosi single loaded the bases, Nolden walked in the tying run. Two batters later, Cangelosi tagged up on a Brian Wilhite fly out to left field, giving Indiana a 5-4 lead.
“We were feeling really good,” Cangelosi said. “We have to battle. When it’s 5-4 you’ve got to find a way to win.”
The sweep over Cal State Fullerton puts Indiana’s confidence levels through the roof. With the mindset that they can beat any team in the country, the Hoosiers are far from being finished with what they are trying to accomplish this season.
“I think we know it inside our clubhouse that we have a really good team,” Lemonis said. “We’re trying to build a resume. That’s what you’re doing every day you step out onto the field is build a resume. We’ve had some pretty good wins this year.”
Indiana’s six game home stand comes to a close on Tuesday as it hosts Valparaiso at 4:05 p.m.