March 17, 2006
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.
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.
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)