Hawkeyes Drop Series Opener to Northwestern, 6-5

April 29, 2005

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EVANSTON, IL – The University of Iowa baseball team fell to Northwestern, 6-5, in the series opener Friday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. Iowa dropped to 18-20 on the year and 11-6 in Big Ten play.

Nate Price, Andy Cox and Jason White led the way offensively for Iowa. Price was 2-5 with a triple, one run scored and two RBI. Cox went 3-4 at the plate and scored one run, while White was 2-4 with two RBI.

The Hawkeyes took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Skyler Moss recorded an RBI groundout that scored Price, who had reached on a triple. Northwestern responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Iowa chipped away at the lead, plating one run in the second on a White RBI single through the right side.

Northwestern added to their lead in the fifth, plating three runs off Hawkeye starter Luke O’Loughlin. Iowa scored one run in the seventh on another RBI single from White, and two in the ninth on a Price double to right center, but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 6-5.

O’Loughlin pitched five innings for Iowa, giving up six runs off eight hits. Hawkeye reliever Scott Brune shut down the Wildcat offense, pitching three scoreless innings.

The Hawkeyes will take on Northwestern in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Rocky Miller Park.