May 13, 2006
IOWA CITY –
The University of Iowa baseball team won Friday night’s suspended game, 4-2, then split a doubleheader, falling 1-0 and winning 2-0, against Purdue Saturday at Banks Field. Iowa ups its record to 23-27 (12-15 in the Big Ten), while Purdue falls to 26-22 (12-15).
Before getting to the doubleheader, the two teams had to finish last night’s suspended game. Kevin Sunderman kicked things off for the Hawkeyes by getting out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam he inherited from the night before. The senior kept Iowa’s 4-2 lead through the seventh, when he handed the ball to closer Tim Gudex, who slammed the door for his ninth save.
Purdue came back to take game one of the scheduled doubleheader in a pitcher’s dual between Iowa’s Jeff Maitland and the Boilermakers’ Trae Dauby. The Purdue senior was outstanding, not allowing a baserunner past second base the entire game in the win.
The only run of the game came in the top of the fifth when all-American Mitch Hilligoss led off with a triple, then scored on an RBI single from Ryne White.
Iowa threatened with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, getting singles from Ben Geelan and Kevin Hoef to set the table for L.J. Mims. The Hawkeye senior laced a line drive directly down the right field line, but the Boilermakers had shifted their outfield in anticipation of an opposite field shot and rightfielder Neal Gorka was in perfect position to rob Mims of the potential game-winning hit.
The second half of the doubleheader was another pitching dual, but this time Iowa’s Austin Seward came out on top. The senior, making his final start at Banks Field, allowed three hits in six shutout innings on the day.
Travis Sweet provided all the offense Iowa needed for the game, getting the only two Hawkeye hits. The sophomore kicked things off in the first with a single, then moved all the way to third on a wild pick-off attempt. Sweet came home on a sacrifice bunt from Jason White. The Hawkeyes added an insurance run in the sixth when Matt Wooldrik hit a sacrifice fly.
Gudex came in and threw a scoreless seventh to give Iowa the win and pick up his second save of the day.
Iowa and Purdue will finish the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Hawkeyes will honor its senior class during a pregame ceremony.
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