Hawkeyes Lose Season Finale


May 16, 2009

Box Score

COLUMBUS, OH – The Iowa baseball team lost its season finale against No. 29 Ohio State Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium, 8-6. Iowa had a one run lead going into the bottom of the eighth, however the Buckeye offense proved too much, plating three to seal the win.

Starter Jarred Hippen went a solid six and one-third innings, holding the Buckeye offense scoreless in the first five frames. Hippen allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits in a no decision. The Iowa bullpen featured Patrick Schatz and Mike Schurz. Schurz got the loss, after allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in one inning of work.

The Black and Gold offense was led by Sean Flanagan. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and two solo home runs. The homers put his season total at six–the second most of any Hawkeye. Zach McCool went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and two doubles. Seven Hawkeyes registered a base hit.

Iowa (16-35, 4-19) took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning due to a Flanagan solo shot. The Hawkeyes kept at it in the fourth, scoring two for a 3-0 ballgame. Dallas Burke started things off with a single. One out later, McCool doubled to right center to bring in a run. With two outs, Trevor Willis hit an RBI triple to bring in McCool.

The Hawkeyes furthered their lead, 4-0, in the sixth. With two outs McCool hit his second double of the afternoon and later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Chett Zeise came up with a timely base hit up the middle to score McCool

Ohio State (39-15, 18-6) erupted in the bottom of the sixth scoring five to lead, 5-4. Three of the five runs were unearned.

The Black and Gold manufactured a run in the seventh to tie it up, 5-5. Kurtis Muller singled to lead off the inning, and stole second. Mike McQuillan drew a walk and both runners advanced on a Ryan Durant sacrifice bunt. Wes Freie did his job and hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Muller.

Iowa took back the lead, 6-5, in the eighth by way of Flanagan’s second solo homer of the afternoon.

The Buckeyes didn’t surrender in the eighth, plating three to take the lead back and win, 8-6. Ohio State took advantage of a two RBI double by Tyler Engle and a Hawkeye error.

GAME SUMMARYIowa        010   201   110 - 6   9   2Ohio State  000   005   03X - 8   10  0
WP-- Rucinski (8-2)LP--Schurz (1-2)SV--Hale (15)