Hawkeyes Lose Series Finale, Indiana Sweeps


April 18, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The Iowa baseball team dropped a slugfest at Indiana Sunday afternoon at Sembower Field, 21-12. The Hawkeyes came to within one run of tying the finale of the three-game series, however, the Hoosiers came up big in the eighth to clinch a series sweep.

Iowa (13-19, 3-6) walked a season-high 11 times and eight players recorded a base hit. Zach McCool collected three walks and also went 1-for-3 with three RBI. Kurtis Muller picked up a pair of hits and a stolen base.

The Hawkeyes got on the board in the first, taking an early 3-0 lead. Muller led off with a single to center and stole second. McCool walked. Muller advanced on a wild pitch–McCool stole second. Mike McQuillan drove in Muller and Ryan Durant drove in McCool with a sacrifice fly. Durant reached base on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.

Iowa added two in the second to further its lead, 5-0. Andrew Ewing walked followed by a Trevor Willis single and Muller reached on a bunt to load the bases. McCool reached on a fielder’s choice and drove in Ewing. Willis scored on an error.

The Hoosiers (19-15, 5-4) came back big in the bottom of the second, posting a five spot to tie it, 5-5. Indiana took an 8-5 lead in the third and added one in the fourth, four in the sixth and eight in the eighth to win, 21-12. Josh Lyon led Indiana going a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Four other Hoosiers registered multi-hit games.

The Black and Gold kept at it in the sixth, adding two to make it 9-7. Ewing singled through the left side, Willis walked, Muller reached on fielder’s choice to load the bases. McCool walked to pick up an RBI, Willis scored .

Iowa’s offense kept at it in the seventh and eighth, finishing the eighth with a one run ballgame, 13-12. The seventh featured three pitching changes and four Hawkeye runs off five walks, two hit by pitches and a sacrifice fly. Iowa plated one unearned run in the eighth to come within one of tying.

Iowa starter Jarred Hippen got the loss. He went two innings allowing eight runs, five earned, on eight hits. The bullpen featured: Michael Jacobs, Patrick Schatz, Zach Kenyon, Jeff Pacha and Ricky Sandquist.

The Hawkeyes will take Monday off and host Western Illinois Tuesday at Duane Banks Field. The 6:30 p.m. game is the April 6th rain out rescheduled.