April 18, 2009
EVANSTON, IL — The Iowa baseball team ended a nine-game skid with a win against Northwestern this afternoon at Rocky Miller Park, 10-1. In the win, Iowa’s offense took an early first inning lead and never looked back. Iowa starter, Jarred Hippen, tossed a solid seven innings.
“We played a complete game today,” Head Coach Jack Dahm said. “We took advantage of our opportunities and we got a great game from Jarred [Hippen] on the mound today. We got the monkey off our back and hopefully we can learn from this win today and continue to improve.”
Iowa’s (12-22, 3-8) offense scattered 17 hits, one shy of its conference season-high (18 at Purdue). Nine Hawkeyes recorded a hit, six had multi-hit games and five recorded two RBI. Ryan Durant extended his hit streak to 11 games and went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Durant has gone 4-for-6 this weekend in the cleanup spot. Nick Brown went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Justin Toole had a solid day going 4-for-6 with two RBI. Mike McQuillan went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Iowa took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out, Kevin Hoef drew a walk and later scored on a Brown triple. Durant took advantage of Brown on third, and drove him in on a sacrifice fly to right.
The Wildcats (10-24, 2-8) plated one to cut down the Black and Gold lead and make it a 2-1 game. Trevor Stevens picked up the lone Northwestern RBI with a sacrifice fly.
The Hawkeyes took command of the game in the fourth, scoring six after sending 12 batters to the plate for an 8-1 lead. Iowa took advantage of three walks and two hit-by-pitches. The inning featured a Toole double to left field to pick up two RBI. Iowa added insurance runs in the sixth, scoring two on three hits for a 10-1 final. The inning featured a McQuillan RBI single.
The Hawkeyes will take on Northwestern tomorrow at Rocky Miller Park in the rubber match of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
GAME SUMMARYIowa 200 602 000 - 10 17 0Northwestern 001 000 000 - 1 5 0
WP - Hippen (2-2)LP - Morton (0-5)