Hawkeyes Split Doubleheader with Michigan

April 9, 2005

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ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Iowa baseball team split a doubleheader with Michigan Saturday afternoon at Ray Fisher Stadium. The Hawkeyes (8-15, 4-3) fell in game one, 4-2 in seven innings, but battled back to take the second game 5-3.

After five scoreless innings, Michigan plated four runs in the sixth to take the lead heading into the final inning. With one out in the Hawkeye seventh, Dusty Napoleon, Andy Cox and Jason White all singled to load the bases. Nathan Price then smacked a single to left field, knocking in Iowa’s first run. Pinch-hitter Justin Petty hit an RBI groundout to cut Michigan’s lead to 4-2, but Andy Lytle grounded out to end the game, leaving the tying runs on base.

Casey O’Rourke (2-1) took the loss for the Hawkeyes, pitching five and 1/3 innings. He gave up two earned runs off four hits while striking out three and walking two. Price led Iowa at the plate, going 2-4 with one RBI.

Michigan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game before Iowa scored one in the fourth inning off a Kris Welker home run. Hawkeye pitchers held Michigan scoreless for the remainder of the game and Iowa plated four runs in the sixth inning to earn the victory.

Nate Yoho led off the sixth with a bunt single and took third on a Jesse Brownell double down the right field line. Cox then hit a sac fly to center field, scoring Yoho. Luis Andrulonis followed with an RBI double to right field and was replaced on the base path by pinch runner Ryan Considine. After Petty singled, Considine came around to score the go-ahead run on a fielding error by Michigan catcher Matt Rademacher. Price then came through with an RBI single to left that gave Iowa the final 5-3 lead.

Austin Seward started for Iowa, throwing four and 1/3 innings, but gave up five hits and three runs, two of which were earned. Kevin Sunderman picked up his first win of the season while Tim Gudex threw one and 1/3 innings of relief to earn his second save.

The Hawkeyes return to action at Ray Fisher Stadium Sunday against the Wolverines. First pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 12 p.m.