EVANSVILLE, Ind. – No. 10 UIndy won its fifth consecutive game to open the season with a 5-1 victory against Drury on Saturday in Dunn Hospitality Classic.
Drury, the home team on the scoreboard for the non-league game, struck first, hanging a single run in the bottom of the first inning. The Greyhounds answered back in the top of the second, however, matching the Panthers’ single run.
Tyler O’Daniel tallied the first UIndy run, scoring after leading off the frame with a double down the left-field line. After he moved to third on a passed ball, O’Daniel came home on a single up the middle from Caleb Hallman.
UIndy took the lead in the third, plating two runs on three hits. The Greyhounds loaded the bases with no one out on back-to-back singles followed by a walk. An O’Daniel double-play ball scored Ryan Wides for the first run, with Nick Whitty driving in Scott Lawley a batter later to push the score to 3-0.
A two-run seventh inning pushed the final score to 5-1, with O’Daniel and Jake Hartley scoring. O’Daniel sent a double to left center, then made it to third on a throw and scored via a fielding error at third base. Hartley came home ahead of all the fireworks, scoring on the play after reaching on a walk.
O’Daniel, Whitty and Hallman all had a pair of hits for the Greyhounds offense, with O’Daniel scoring two runs on the day. Josh Witt (3-0) picked up the complete-game victory, surrendering just one run in nine innings. The junior scattered six hits and struck out two.