Hawkeyes Fall at Purdue, 10-3

May 15, 2005

Box Score

WEST LAFAYETTE – The University of Iowa baseball team fell to the Purdue Boilermakers, 10-3, Sunday at Lambert Field in West Lafayette, IN. The Hawkeyes fall to 25-26 with a 16-12 record in the conference. They drop a spot into third place in the conference standings, just percentage points behind second-place Purdue (21-26, 14-10).

Purdue opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, taking a 2-0 lead on a two-out, two-run single from John Hunter.

The Hawkeyes came right back in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs to tie things up. Andy Lytle led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a wild throw by the third baseman. Kris Welker then ripped a single up the middle to score Lytle, then came around himself when Dusty Napoleon doubled to the wall in left-centerfield.

The Boilermakers used a sacrifice fly and a throwing error by Iowa first baseman Andy Cox to re-take the two-run lead. Iowa came back with a run in the top of the fifth when Jason White doubled off the wall, then scored on an RBI single from Lytle.

A leadoff triple by Mike Coles followed by an RBI groundout stretched the Purdue lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth. The Boilermakers upped their lead to 6-3 in the sixth with a solo home run off the bat of Andy Dahl.

David Conroy came into the game in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a leadoff double and two consecutive hit batsmen before Purdue plated a pair of runs on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.

Purdue shortstop Mitch Hilligoss hit a towering two-run homer over the centerfield fence to tack on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Austin Seward (2-2) took the loss for Iowa, allowing six runs off nine hits over six innings. Welker led the way at the plate for Iowa, going 3-of-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Hawkeyes will face Illinois-Chicago Wednesday night at Banks Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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