March 18, 2005
BRADENTON, FL – The University of Iowa baseball team dropped its second-straight one-run game when the Hawkeyes fell to the Illinois-Chicago Flames, 2-1, in ten innings Friday night.
With the score knotted at one, relief pitcher Tim Gudex struck out the first batter in the bottom of the tenth then gave up a triple to Larry Gempp. Kevin Sunderman replaced Gudex, and picked up the second out via strikeout. Iowa was unable to get out of the inning, however, as a wild pitch allowed the winning run to cross the plate.
The Hawkeyes out-hit Illinois-Chicago 10-7, but were unable to get the timely hit and left 11 men on base. Senior Andy Lytle continued his hot hitting for the Hawkeyes, going 3-5 with a double.
Junior Luke O’Loughlin started on the hill for the Hawkeyes and continued his impressive ways. The junior college transfer scattered six hits over seven and a third innings, striking out five while walking just one. Gudex also threw well, allowing just one hit in his two innings of relief.
The Hawkeyes (4-6) and Flames (4-8) will have a rematch Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. (CT).