April 20, 2008
IOWA CITY, IA — The Iowa baseball team dropped the nightcap of a doubleheader, 9-6, Sunday to conclude a series against Northwestern at Duane Banks Field. The game had at least one run scored in eight different innings, featured 29 total hits and 12 Hawkeye runners left on base.
In the loss, Justin Toole continued his stellar series, going 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and stolen base. T.J. Cataldo was 1-for-3 with one run and a triple. Wes Freie went 2-for-4 with two runs, a solo home run and a walk.
Iowa (14-21, 5-11) pushed one run across in the first inning. Hoef led off and singled to right center. Kyle Riffel moved him over with a sacrifice bunt, and Toole came up big with a single up the middle to score Hoef.
Northwestern (13-17, 8-8) struck back in the second to take a 2-1 lead. The inning featured three Wildcat hits.
The Wildcats continued where they left off in the third, increasing their lead to three runs to take a 4-1 advantage. Nate Roberts had a two-RBI single with a stolen base to lead the offensive effort. The Wildcats added another run in the fourth before the Hawkeyes struck back.
The Black and Gold plated two in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-3. Freie led off the inning with a solo shot to right center. Kody McManis kept things going, drawing a no-out walk. One batter later, Matt Mossey reached on a hit-by-pitch. With two on, Hoef delivered with an RBI single.
The Hawkeyes tied it in the seventh at 5-5. Cataldo started things with his first triple of the year to left center. Mossey followed suit with a triple to right center to pick up an RBI. One batter later, Riffel took advantage of a Wildcat error to reach first and score Mossey.
The Wildcats took the lead back in the seventh with a single run. Roberts led the offensive effort again, with the lone RBI and another stolen base.
Iowa tied it up yet again in the seventh. Freie led off with a walk, followed by a McManis walk. Both were moved over by a Curry sac bunt. Mossey reached on an RBI fielder’s choice. Iowa left two runners on base in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Northwestern took the lead back in the top of the eighth to make it 8-6. The Wildcats scored two on three hits, including a Jake Goebbert two-RBI single. The Wildcats scored a single run in the ninth before retiring the Hawkeyes in order in the last frame to complete the sweep.
Iowa will take on UW-Milwaukee at Duane Banks Field Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
GAME SUMMARY Northwestern 022 100 120 - 8 15 2Iowa 100 202 100 - 6 10 1
WP - Havey (2-1)LP - Turnbull (1-4)