March 5, 2010
LAWRENCE, KS – The University of Iowa baseball team dropped the first game of a Friday doubleheader at Kansas, 8-1, at Hoglund Park.
The Hawkeyes scored the first run in the top of the second inning, but the Jayhawks plated the last eight runs on 13 hits en route to victory.
Kansas (5-2) claimed the lead in the bottom half of the second on an RBI double down the left field line and a sacrifice fly to right.
After two scoreless innings, the Jayhawks stretched their advantage to 5-1 in the fifth. Kansas scored three runs on three hits and a Hawkeye error. The Jayhawks added another run in the sixth and two more in the eighth.
Sophomore Jarred Hippen got the loss for the Hawkeyes, pitching six and two thirds, allowing 11 hits, six runs, while striking out three. Freshman Ricky Sandquist pitched the final one and a third, yielding two runs on two hits, while striking out one.
Kansas starter, TJ Walz, threw eight strong innings, scattering only four hits, one unearned run and struck out seven Hawkeyes en route to his second victory.
A quartet of Hawkeyes recorded Iowa’s four hits, Kurtis Muller, Zach McCool, Trevor Willis and Tyson Blaser. Muller’s single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 17 games, dating back to last year.
Iowa and Kansas will play the nightcap of today’s doubleheader at 4:15 p.m. Today is the first two games of a four-game weekend series between the Hawkeyes and Jayhawks.