April 17, 2007
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa Hawkeye baseball team dropped a 15-10 marathon to the UNI Panthers Tuesday night at Banks Field. Iowa falls to 14-14, while UNI ups its record to 14-19.
UNI got on the board early and often, scoring one in the top of the second, three in the third and four in the fourth. The Hawkeyes briefly held the lead after plating two runs in the home half of the second. Kevin Hoef singled, stole second and scored on a Ben Geelan double to left. Geelan would come around to score on a Jason White single.
The Hawkeyes would add a run in the bottom of the fifth. White walked to lead-off the inning, moved to third on a single by Travis Sweet scored on a Dusty Napoleon grounder. Iowa would move within three in their half of the seventh. Sweet reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on a Matt Wooldrik single to left. Napoleon walked and scored on a Hoef line-out to left. The Panthers scored seven runs in the top of the eighth to put the game away.
Iowa added five runs in the bottom of the eighth. Napoleon double to the left field corner with the bases loaded, driving in Geelan and White. Caleb Curry had an infield single to drive in Sweet. Hoef reached on a fielder’s choice and drove in Napoleon. TJ Cataldo reached on a fielder’s choice and Curry scored.
Andrew Porter started on the hill for the Hawkeyes, going 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, four hits, walking one and hitting two batters. Joe Singer finished the third inning, giving up only one hit but four runs and walking two. George Rasiarmos pitched 1/3 of an inning, walking one and striking out one.
Jason Belk then came in going 4 1/3, allowing seven hits, five runs – none of them earned – walking two and striking out one. Justin Toole relieved Belk and went 1/3 of an inning, giving up two hits, two runs and one walk. Kyle Heim pitched the ninth inning allowing one hit and striking out one. Taylor Sinclair (2-3) got the win for the Panthers, going five innings, with nine hits, three runs, one walk and one strikeout.
Sweet tied the team record for hits in a game with five, going 5-6, with two runs. Curry was 3-5 on the night, with one run and one RBI. Napoleon, Hoef and Wes Freie each went 2-4.
The Panthers used 16 players and the Hawkeyes 17 players, combined for 33 hits, 25 runs, only 17 of which were earned.
The Hawkeyes return to action Wednesday night at Duane Banks Field, when they host the Northern Illinois Huskies. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
GAME SUMMARYNorthern Iowa 013 400 070 -- 15 15 1IOWA 020 010 250 -- 10 18 3
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