Iowa's Offense Swings Past Austin Peay, 10-3


March 19, 2009

Box Score

CLARKSVILLE, TN — The Iowa baseball team won to Austin Peay at Raymond C. Hand Park, 10-3. The Hawkeye offense went off in the first inning and never looked back, scoring five early. The game also featured five Hawkeye pitchers who held Governors to only three runs.

In the win, head coach Jack Dahm tied Dick Schultz as the third-most victorious coach in Iowa history. Dahm has compiled a 129-162 record at Iowa. The second-most winning coach is Otto Vogel with a 440-382-3 record.

Iowa’s offense continued on its rampage, sending 11 batters to the plate in the first and taking an early 5-0 lead. Justin Toole hit a first-pitch single to left to start the Hawkeyes off. Mike McQuillan followed suit with a single to left, and both runners were moved over by a Kurtis Muller sacrifice hit. With one out and runners in scoring position, Wes Freie was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded T.J. Cataldo took one for the team, and picked up an RBI for it. Kevin Hoef picked up his 13th hit-by-pitch to also record an RBI and Phil Keppler picked up a two-RBI bas hit through the right side. With two out, Toole hit his second single of the inning through the right side to pick up an RBI.

The Governors (8-10) plated one in the bottom of the first, to make it 5-1. The inning featured a Greg Bachman double.

The Hawkeyes (5-9) added three more in the second to add to their lead and make it 9-1. Muller led off with a single through the right side, later stole second and then advanced to third on a balk. Freie reached base on a hit-by-pitch and with runners on the corners Cataldo unleashed with a deep three-run shot to right center.

Austin Peay added another run in the third to trail 9-2.

To lead off the seventh, Hoef drew a walk and stole second. One out later, Keppler hit a long sacrifice fly to bring in a Hawkeye insurance run and make it 10-2.

The Governors kept at it in the eighth, plating one unearned run for a 10-3 game.

In the win, Toole went 3-for-5 to lead Iowa. Cataldo recorded his fourth home run of the season and Keppler went 2-for-2.

Iowa’s pitching staff included; Phil Schreiber, Jarred Hippen, Kevin Lee, Kyle Heim and Mike Schurz. The Hawkeyes gave up only two earned runs and held the Governors scoreless in six innings. Hippen got his first career win allowing only one hit in three innings of relief.

Iowa will compete in its home opener against Western Illinois in a doubleheader Saturday; first pitch is set for 1 p.m. (CDT)

Iowa 630 000 100 - 10 11 2
Austin Peay 101 000 010 - 3 5 1

WP - Hippen (1-0)
LP - Mantooth (1-3)