May 15, 2004
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team split a doubleheader with Purdue at Duane Banks Field today. The Boilermakers won game one 6-4 in 10 innings, but the Hawkeyes rebounded in the nightcap with an 8-3 triumph.
Iowa (17-32, 10-17) did its damage offensively with the bases loaded twice in game two. Jim Reid, who graduated in the morning, put the Hawkeyes in front of the Boilermakers in a big way in the bottom of the third. The senior hit a grand slam over the left field fence, which is only his second home run of his career, giving the Hawkeyes an early 4-0 advantage. The next inning, Mike Best doubled to left center with the bags full, scoring Jeff Gremley, Jesse Brownell and Luis Andrulonis to stretch Iowa’s lead to 7-0.
Hawkeye starting pitcher Austin Seward pitched 5 and 1/3 innings, collecting his first win of the year. Seward had a no-hitter threw four innings, before Eric Osborn singled to deep short to leadoff the top of the fifth to breakup the no-no. Seward allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out two.
With the game knotted at 3-3 heading into the tenth in game one, Andy Dahl lifted a first-pitch fastball from Iowa reliever Scott Brune over the left field fence for a home run to give the Boilermakers its first lead. Purdue later added two insurance runs. The Hawkeyes tallied one run in the bottom half of the inning and had the tying runs on base, but Mike Best grounded out to end the Iowa scoring threat and end the game. The loss drops Iowa to 1-4, while Purdue improves to 2-2 in extra inning games this season.
Purdue (25-25, 14-13) evened the game at two in the top of the fourth after John Hunter tagged Iowa starting pitcher Chris Maliszewski for a two-run home run over the left field fence. The Hawkeyes reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the frame on a two-out RBI bloop single to center field by Best that scored Brownell.
For the second time in the contest, Purdue tied the game in the fifth. The Boilermakers’ Osborn led off the inning with a triple to right field. Two batters later, Osborn scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Koester.
Maliszewski threw five innings, yielded three earned runs on five hits and struck out two in the no decision for the Hawkeyes. Purdue reliever Trae Dauby threw five scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing only three Hawkeye hits, while collecting his fifth victory of the season.
Lytle highlighted the Hawkeyes offensively in game one, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
The Hawkeyes have not recorded an error in the first three games of the series. The four-game series between Iowa and Purdue concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Duane Banks Field. Admission is $3.