Late Rally Comes Up Short in Lincoln

April 10, 2007

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LINCOLN, NE – The University of Iowa Hawkeyes fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 7-6, Tuesday night at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, NE. Iowa’s record moves to 13-10, while Nebraksa improves to 20-12.

Trailing 7-3 in the final inning, Iowa made a furious comeback, scoring three runs to cut the lead to 7-6 and getting the bases loaded with one out before Nebraska was able to get the final outs and end the game. T.J. Cataldo led off with a pinch-hit walk, then moved to third on a Jason White double after a Ryan Gryzwa strikeout. A wild pitch plated Cataldo and moved White to third. Travis Sweet then walked, and White scored on a second wild pitch. Dusty Napoleon picked up Iowa’s third walk of the inning, and Caleb Curry followed that with a single to load the bases with one out. Wes Freie struck out, but Kyle Riffel drew an RBI walk to cut the lead to 7-6. It was all the Hawkeyes could muster, however, as Kevin Hoef fouled out to first base to end the game.

White ended the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Curry and Hoef each added a pair of hits for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes took an early lead when White singled to lead off the game, moved to second on a groundout by Sweet, then scored when Curry reached on an error by Cornhusker first baseman Andrew Brown.

Iowa expanded its lead to 2-0 in the top of the third when White was brought home by Napoleon. Nebraska tied things up in the bottom of the inning, getting a pair of runs on a two-run single off the bat of Jake Opitz.

A sacrifice fly and RBI single gave Nebraska a 4-2 lead in the fourth, but Iowa responded with an RBI single from Curry to cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the fifth.

Once again, the Cornhuskers responded with a pair in the bottom of the inning, then added a seventh run in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run from Jeff Tezak.

George Rasiarmos (0-1) took the loss in relief for Iowa, while Dan Jennings picked up his first win. Danny Bales started the game for Iowa, and did well in his first start in the Black and Gold. The Cedar Rapids native allowed just one hit in two innings of work.

Iowa planned to use a lot of pitchers in the game, and Brock Alberts, Jason Belk, Andrew Porter, Scott Brune and Mike Schurz also saw time on the hill.

The Hawkeyes travel to Minneapolis for a four-game series with Minnesota this weekend.

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