April 27, 2005
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team dropped its second-straight game, falling to Western Illinois, 4-1, at Banks Field Wednesday night.
The Hawkeyes had a disastrous first inning in the field, committing three errors, hitting two batsmen and letting a pair of unearned runs cross the plate.
While the defense struggled early, the Iowa bats went silent. Kris Welker picked up the first Hawkeye hit with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Meanwhile, Western Illinois picked up insurance runs in the fifth and sixth with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
Iowa got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Jeff Engel ripped a triple to the base of the wall in right-centerfield. Welker then beat out a bounding ball to first, getting his second hit and plating Engel.
The Hawkeyes threatened in the bottom of the eighth with a pair of two-out singles, but the rally ended with a pop-out to short center.
Iowa regained the services of L.J. Mims, who saw his first action as a pinch hitter in the sixth. Mims had been out with a broken arm suffered against Wichita State March 25. He was 1-of-2 on the day.
The Hawkeyes will return to action this weekend with a four-game set at Northwestern. Friday’s game will begin at 3 p.m.
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