April 24, 2005
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team used a quality start from Austin Seward and late run production to take the final game of the series, 10-3, from Penn State Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. With the win, the Hawkeyes took the four-game series from the Nittany Lions, 3-1, and improved to 17-17 overall and 11-5 in Big Ten play. Iowa has captured its last three Big Ten series’ three games to one (Michigan, Indiana and Penn State).
Iowa got on the board first, plating four runs off Penn State starter Alan Stidfole in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jesse Brownell was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and took second on a Travis Sweet single to right. Nate Price followed with a single to load the bases. Justin Petty then reached on a fielder’s choice, but tallied an RBI as Brownell came home to score and Sweet advanced to third. After an Andy Lytle RBI single that scored Sweet, Iowa Head Coach Jack Dahm got aggressive, signaling a double steal that plated Petty and advanced Lytle to second. Two batters later, Kris Welker tallied an RBI single to score Lytle and give the Hawkeyes a 4-0 advantage.
Penn State trimmed Iowa’s lead to 4-3 on a bases loaded Aaron Greenfield double to left center that cleared the bases. The Hawkeyes responded by adding a combined six runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Lytle tripled home Jason White, Welker singled home Lytle and Jesse Brownell registered a sacrifice fly that plated Brownell for three runs in the seventh.
White recorded a two-run double to right center to stretch Iowa’s advantage to 9-3, before Welker registered his third RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly to left center. Welker finished the day 4-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Sweet, Price and Lytle each recorded two hits on the afternoon.
Seward picked up his first victory of the season, throwing six solid innings, scattering five hits and striking out five. Tim Gudex silenced the Nittany Lion bats the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing no hits and sitting down five in collecting his Big Ten-leading fourth save.
Iowa returns to action Tuesday when the Hawkeyes play Northern Iowa in the second annual Corridor Classic at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
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