Long Ball Dooms Hawkeyes in Game One

May 19, 2007

Box Score

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team lost game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, 11-5, to Michigan today at Banks Field. Iowa falls to 30-20 (16-12), while the Wolverines up their mark to 38-13 (20-6).

The Maize and Blue made good use of the long ball, hitting four home runs on the day.

Michigan got on the board in the bottom of the second, when Kevin Cislo hit a two-strike, two-out home run over the rightfield fence for a 2-0 lead.

The Hawkeyes struck back in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1. Caleb Curry led off the inning by reaching on a hit-by-pitch, then moved to second on a Kyle Riffel groundout. Kevin Hoef then drove him home with a single to left.

The Wolverines countered in the top of the third with back-to-back home runs. The first was a two-run shot off the bat of Nate Recknagel, followed by a solo blast from Zach Putnam.

Travis Sweet and Dusty Napoleon led off the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners with no outs. Wolverine hurler then struck out Curry, but the ball was bobbled by catcher Doug Pickens and Napoleon stole second. The throw down was wild and went into centerfield, allowing Sweet to scamper home and cut the lead to 5-2. Iowa then proceeded to load the bases for the second-straight inning, but was unable to bring any more home.

After keeping Michigan off the board in the fourth, Iowa cut the lead to 5-4 with a pair of runs. Jason White singled, then stole second and came around to score on a hit-and-run with Sweet. Sweet then stole second, moved to third on a Napoleon groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Once again, Michigan responded with the long ball. Jason Christian led off the top of the fifth with a towering solo home run over the rightfield fence. They added another run when Recknagel scored on a Hawkeye error. In the top of the sixth, the Wolverines blew the game open with four more. They got a pair on a two-run single from Eric Rose, one on a double from Recknagel and took a 11-4 lead on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

Sweet ended the day 4-of-4 with four singles and two runs scored, while Hoef had a pair of hits and an RBI.

GAME SUMMARYMichigan    023  024  0  --  11   12   1Iowa    011  200  1  --   5    10   2
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