April 29, 2006
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team was the victim of a last-inning comeback by the Northwestern Wildcats Friday, falling 9-8. The game, originally scheduled as a 2 p.m. doubleheader, was delayed until 6:15 p.m. due to heavy rains. The two teams will play a doubleheader (one seven-inning and one nine-inning game) tomorrow at noon.
The Hawkeyes (17-24, 6-12) took a 8-4 lead into the final inning, only to have the Wildcats come storming back. Hawkeye closer Tim Gudex got two outs, and with two outs induced a groundball to shortstop Jason White. The junior’s throw to first base was wild, and allowed a run to score and the inning to continue. The next batter, Anthony Wycklent, blasted a game-tying home run over the leftfield fence. Michael Mann followed that up with a go-ahead solo shot over the rightfield fence.
Iowa jumped out to an early lead, getting runs in the first four innings. The Hawkeyes took a 2-1 lead in the first when Iowa loaded the bases with no outs, then getting runs on an RBI hit by pitch from Brian Burmester and an RBI walk from Ben Geelan.
The Hawkeyes got a run in the second when White reached on an error in the second, then added a third on a Skyler Moss fielder’s choice.
Northwestern got two in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3, but Iowa came back with four in the bottom of the inning. Moss had a two-run double, Brett Lockas had an RBI single and another run came home on a Wildcat error.
The Wildcats added a run in the fifth to set up their seventh-inning heroics.
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