May 14, 2005
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team finished out a win from Friday before dropping a doubleheader to the Purdue Boilermakers, 8-7 and 4-3. Both losses came in the final at bat.
The day started with the completion of Friday night’s game, which was suspended due to severe thunderstorms. The Boilermakers mounted a second day comeback, getting five runs and cutting the lead to 10-7 before Iowa closer Tim Gudex closed the door.
Iowa started game one of the doubleheader by scoring a trio of runs in the top of the first. Nate Price led off with a single to center, then Andy Lytle walked and Nate Yoho hit a bloop single to load the bases for Kris Welker. The senior catcher then sent a grounder the slid under the third baseman’s glove, scoring a pair. Dusty Napoleon then brought Welker home with an RBI groundout.
Purdue took advantage of a rare wild streak by Jeff Maitland in the bottom of the second, bringing four runs across the plate. Maitland walked the leadoff batter, then loaded the bases by hitting the next two Boilermakers before Mitch Hilligoss brought two home with a single. Maitland struck out the next two hitters before cleanup hitter John Hunter gave Purdue the lead with a two-runs single.
The Hawkeyes tied the game up in the top of the fourth with a pair of two-out RBIs. Welker led off with a double, then Mitch Pruemer retired the next two batters before Jeff Engel ripped a single to score Welker. Jason White then blasted a triple to the wall in right-centerfield.
Iowa put runners on first and third with one out in the top of the sixth, and scored the go-ahead run when White grounded to shortstop but beat out the throw at first on the attempted double play, allowing Andy Cox to score.
Purdue battled back for the win in the bottom of the seventh, getting three runs off four singles and a hit batsman by Gudex. The three earned runs were the first runs allowed by the Iowa closer since April 8, and it was his first blown save of the year.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Hawkeyes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Cox punched a bases loaded single through the left side. Yoho was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Purdue came back in the bottom of the second, getting three runs on four hits against Iowa starter Casey O’Rourke. The Hawkeyes blasted themselves back into the game in the top of the fourth, tying the game with a pair of towering home runs by Cox and Ben Geelan. The solo shot was Geelan’s first as a Hawkeye.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh, when Iowa relief pitcher Kevin Sunderman threw three wild pitches, allowing pinch runner John Phegley to score from first.
The Hawkeyes fall to 25-25 with a 16-11 record in the Big Ten. Purdue is 20-26 with a 13-10 conference mark. The two teams will wrap-up the four game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
GAME SUMMARIESFriday's Game (suspended)IOWA 031 301 020 -- 10 15 0Purdue 002 000 041 -- 7 13 0WP - Travis Sweet (3-3)LP - Scott Byrnes (5-4)
Game OneIOWA 300 201 1 -- 7 11 1Purdue 041 000 3 -- 8 9 1WP - Trae Dauby (1-4)LP - Tim Gudex (9-4)
Game TwoIOWA 100 200 0 -- 3 6 0Purdue 030 000 1 -- 4 7 1WP - Brent Coudron (4-4)LP - Casey O'Rourke (2-3)