May 8, 2005
IOWA CITY –
The University of Iowa baseball team defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 7-3, Sunday at Banks Field. The win gives Iowa a 24-23 record and a 15-9 mark in the Big Ten, good for sole possession of second place. The Hawkeyes are three games behind first-place Illinois.
Austin Seward threw a solid game for the Hawkeyes, going eight innings while allowing just five hits and striking out seven. He is now 2-1 on the year.
Yoho celebrated Senior Day by opening the scoring with a two-run, opposite field home run to give the Hawkeyes a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Minnesota cut the lead in half with an RBI single from Kevin Carlson in the top of the second. The Hawkeyes countered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Engel reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored when Jason White ripped a triple to the wall in left-centerfield. White came home when Nate Price ripped a shot to the outfield and was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple.
After the Gophers cut the lead to 4-2 with an RBI groundout in the top of the fifth, the Hawkeyes came back with a run on a Welker double off the top of the wall in centerfield. Skyler Moss led off with a single, moved to second on a Yoho groundout and scored on Welker’s double.
Carlson cut the Iowa lead to 5-3 in the top of the sixth with his second RBI of the day, but the Hawkeyes struck back with a pair in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Lytle and Yoho singled to set the table for Welker, who ripped a triple down the rightfield line to up the lead to 7-3.
The game was delayed for over an hour during the eighth inning due to heavy rains and lightning. When the game restarted, Iowa closer Tim Gudex came in and shut the door for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa returns to action next weekend when they travel to Purdue for a four-game series. Friday’s series opener is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
GAME SUMMARYMinneosta 010 011 000 -- 3IOWA 200 210 200 -- 7
WP - Austin Seward (2-1)LP - Brabender (1-1)HR - Nate Yoho (5)