March 25, 2009
IOWA CITY, IA — The Iowa baseball team defeated Coe College, 8-2, tonight at Duane Banks Field. In the win, the pitching staff threw a solid three-hit game, Iowa’s base runners stole six bases and eight Hawkeyes picked up a hit.
To lead the Hawkeye offense, T.J. Cataldo went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double. Wes Freie, Phil Keppler and Kurtis Muller all went 2-for-3 on the day. Mike McQuillan went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Trevor Willis stole two bases.
Iowa (8-10) plated three with two outs in the bottom of the first to take an early 3-0 lead. To start the Hawkeyes off, Muller drew a two-out walk, and advanced to third on a bloop single by Freie. Cataldo picked up an RBI with an infield hit off the first baseman’s glove. Kevin Hoef loaded the bases after drawing a walk followed by Keppler continuing to swing the bat with authority to pick up two RBI with a single through the right side.
Coe College (7-9) cut down Iowa’s lead in the second with a solo shot for a 3-1 score.
The Hawkeyes added two in the bottom of the second for a 5-1 ballgame. Hawkeye catcher Dallas Burke turned on a pitch and hit a solo shot to right to start off the inning. With one-out McQuillan drew a walk, followed by a Muller single and a Freie walk to load the bases. Cataldo was patient at the plate, despite a pitching change and walked to pick up an RBI.
The Black and Gold added a run in both the sixth and seventh for an 8-1 advantage. The sixth inning featured a Freie RBI single and in the seventh, McQuillan had an RBI single.
The Kohawks tried to get a rally going in the ninth, plating one for a final 8-2 score. After scoring an unearned run, the Hawkeyes silenced Coe’s scoring threat with an unusual 5-3-6 double play. Schurz struck out the last batter to secure the victory.
Iowa will compete in its Big Ten home opener against Michigan Friday; first pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Duane Banks Field.
Coe College 010 000 001 - 2 3 0
Iowa 321 001 10x - 8 12 3
WP - Robertson (2-0)
LP - Raisch (0-2)