O'Loughlin Solves the Luck 'O the Irish

March 17, 2006

Box Score

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The University of Iowa baseball team finally solved the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, using a late-inning rally to topple Notre Dame, 10-8. The Hawkeyes upped their record to 8-6.

Freshman Ryan Gryzwa impressed in his second collegiate start, going 3-of-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Nate Price, Travis Sweet and Jeff Engel each had a pair of hits for Iowa.

Hawkeye hurler Luke O’Loughlin had his best outing of the year, allowing just one run and three hits in four innings of relief to pick up the win. Iowa closer Tim Gudex closed out the game for his fourth save of the year.

The Fighting Irish, wearing their special green uniforms for the holiday, jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in each the first and second innings. The Hawkeyes came storming back to tie things up with a four-spot in the top of the third. Iowa got back-to-back RBI doubles from Gryzwa and Price, then cut the lead to one when Price scored on a wild pitch. Sophomore Dusty Napoleon tied the game with an RBI single to center.

The lead wouldn’t last, as the Fighting Irish added a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, then extended the lead with runs in the fourth and sixth.

Trailing 8-4, Iowa re-tied the game in the top of the seventh when Price scored on another wild pitch, Napoleon got his second RBI of the game, Matt Wooldrik converted a sacrifice squeeze and Engle ripped an RBI single up the middle.

Iowa took the lead in the top of the eighth when Sweet drove home Ryan Considine and Jason White scored on a wild pitch.

The Hawkeyes will open their home season next weekend with a three-game set against IPFW. Friday’s game is set to start at 6 p.m.

GAME SUMMARYIOWA        004  000  420  --  10    11    2Notre Dame  222  101  000  --  8     12    3
WP - Luke O'Loughlin (1-2)LP - Kyle Weiland (0-3)SV - Tim Gudex (4)