April 13, 2005
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team won a 8-7 thriller in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday at Banks Field. The Hawkeyes (11-15, 5-3) have now won four in a row and seven of their last ten games.
Trailing 7-6 in the final inning, freshman Travis Sweet came through with a two-run single to give the Hawkeyes the win. Sweet finished the day 2-3 with two RBIs.
Designated hitter Kris Welker led off the inning by getting hit by a Nick Hall pitch, then moved to second when Dusty Napoleon laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached when Tug Gillingham threw the ball into center. Neal Coleman moved them to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Boomer Engel drew a one-out walk to load the bases and set up Sweet’s heroics.
After giving up run in the top of the first, Iowa took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning with RBIs from Lytle, Nate Yoho and Napoleon.
Northern Illinois came back to take a 4-3 lead in the third, getting an RBI double from Mike Santoro followed by a two-run home run by cleanup hitter Brian Toner.
Senior Luis Andrulonis tied the game with a sacrifice fly, but the Huskies came right back with another three spot in the fourth to take a 7-4 lead.
Centerfielder Nate Price cut the lead to 7-6 in the fifth by ripping a two-run single to right.
Iowa returns to action this weekend when it hosts a four-game set against Indiana. Friday’s game is set to begin at 6 p.m.