Iowa Offense Out Slugs Austin Peay, Falls 13-8


Feb. 20, 2010

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Iowa baseball team out hit Austin Peay 15-11, but ultimately lost 13-8 at Raymond C. Hand Park Saturday night. Sophomore Mike McQuillan continued to swing the bat, going 3-for-6.

McQuillan went 6-for-12 with seven RBI, three runs scored, two home runs and a double to lead Iowa’s offense in the team’s first two games this weekend. Kurtis Muller went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a walk. Both Dallas Burke and Dan Sheppard went 2-for-5 with one run scored. Zach McCool 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Austin Peay (2-0) scored first, plating three in the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Adam Browett drove in all three runs with a double to right field.

Iowa (1-1) struck back in the second, scoring two, to lead 3-2. With one out, Chett Zeise walked and advanced to third with a McCool single to right center. Zeise scored on a Kurt Lee RBI fielder’s choice. Lee stole second, Muller doubled to right center to score Lee.

The Black and Gold took over the lead in the third, 4-3. With one out, Sean Flanagan was hit by a pitch. Sheppard moved Flanagan over to third on a single up the middle. With two outs, McCool singled to center to pick up an RBI. Lee followed up with a single to left to score Sheppard. A wild pitch from David Vinci scored Flanagan.

The Governors came back in the bottom of the third, taking a 5-4 lead. The inning featured a RBI double from Trey Lucas’s bat.

The Hawkeyes added one in the fourth, to knot it at 5-5. With two outs, Burke singled through the left side and was moved to second on a Flanagan walk, to third with a Sheppard single and scored on wild pitch.

Austin Peay plated three in the bottom of the fourth, to take an 8-5 lead. Lucas picked up two RBI and Jon Clinard picked up a one RBI double.

Iowa scored in fifth to tie it up, 8-8. McCool led off reaching base on a hit by pitch, he later advanced on a wild pitch. Lee walked followed by a Muller double down the left filed line to score two. Muller scored on a Ryan Durant fielder’s choice.

The Governors picked up two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to overcome the Hawkeyes. The Black and Gold committed three errors, and gave up eight earned runs.

Iowa competes next in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in St. Petersburg, FL next weekend. Games will be against Rutgers, West Virginia and Vilanova. Competition is set to start Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.

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