Hawkeyes Split Doubleheader

May 12, 2007


The University of Iowa Hawkeyes split a doubleheader against the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday afternoon, in West Lafayette, IN. The Hawkeyes lost game one 11-6, but battled back to beat Purdue 6-5 in the second game. The Hawkeyes now have an overall record of 28-17, with a conference record of 15-10.

Game one was a high scoring affair. The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early lead by producing a three-run first inning. The runs came from a pair of sacrifice flies by junior Caleb Curry and senior Matt Wooldrik. T.J. Cataldo batted in the third run of the inning with a single to right field. Purdue was able to take the lead from the Hawkeyes in the third inning. Third baseman Dan Black and right fielder Carlos Pupo hit back-to-back homeruns making the score 5-3.

In the top of the fifth, senior Jason White smashed a solo shot to centerfield, his ninth of the season. Dusty Napoleon followed with a walk, he was eventually batted in on a fielder’s choice, hit by Cataldo. Curry scored the third run of the inning on a past ball giving Iowa the lead 6-5. In the bottom of the fifth Purdue reclaimed the lead by scoring two runs. Black hit his second homerun of the game, followed by a double hit by Pupo who eventually was batted in. Purdue scored another three runs in the sixth inning, taking the second game of the four game series 11-6.

The Hawkeyes diminished any hope that the Boilermakers had of a series sweep. Purdue scored the first run of the game during the third inning and added another during the fourth making the score 2-0.

In the fifth inning, sophomore Kevin Hoef reached base on a fielding error made by the Boilermaker first baseman. Junior Ben Geelan ripped a double to right field, driving Hoef in. The next Hawkeye batter, sophomore Justin Toole, hit a double into left, scoring Geelan. Junior Travis Sweet reached base on a throwing error made by the shortstop, which also allowed Toole to cross the plate. Sweet was brought home after three consecutive walks by the Boilermaker pitching staff. After the top of the fifth inning, the Hawkeyes were ahead 4-2.

The Boilermakers scored their third run of the game during the sixth inning to close the gap on Iowa’s lead. The Hawkeyes answered back with a run in the top of the seventh when Curry doubled to left, moving Napoleon to third and scoring Sweet. Junior Kyle Riffel hit a single, which allowed Curry to score, making the score 6-3. In the bottom of the seventh the Boilermakers made the game interesting. First baseman Ryne White hit a two-run homerun making the score 6-5. Hawkeye pitcher Mike Schurz recorded the save by retiring the final two batters on a strikeout and a groundout.

The Hawkeyes return to action tomorrow at noon in West Lafayette, IN.

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