May 1, 2010
IOWA CITY, IA — The Iowa baseball team dropped the nightcap of a doubleheader, 12-2, Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field in front of a season-high 1,070 fans. The Golden Gophers jumped to an early lead and never trailed game two, the Hawkeyes were unable to get the timely hit leaving 13 runners on base in the loss. The twinbill featured eight round-trippers between both teams.
“We will get right back at it. Tip your hat to T.J. Oaks today, but we will be ready to go tomorrow,” Head Coach Jack Dahm said. “We have a big game tomorrow and we need to win this series. We would love to have another big crowd out here tomorrow, it is a big game for us. Hawkeye fans are the best out there and we would love to see everyone at the ballpark tomorrow.”
In the loss, Mike McQuillan went 3-for-5 with a solo home run. Ryan Durant went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two walks. Mike Corbeil collected a pair of hits, including his second double of the season.
Minnesota (18-25, 7-7) took a 4-0 lead in the first inning via a Nick O’Shea grand slam to left center. O’Shea went 4-for-7 with three home runs and eight RBI in the doubleheader. The Golden Gophers added three in both the fourth and six frames and two in the ninth to extend their lead, 12-2.
McQuillan connected in the bottom of the third and sent a solo shot over the right field fence to put Iowa on the board, 4-1. The Hawkeyes (18-23, 6-8) added their final run in the sixth. The inning featured a Durant single and run scored.
Starter Nick Brown went three and one-third innings and got the loss. He allowed seven runs, six earned, on five hits with three strikeouts. Iowa’s bullpen featured: Patrick Schatz, Ricky Sandquist and Matt Dermody.
Iowa will go for the series win tomorrow, hosting Minnesota in the rubbermatch of the three-game series at Duane Banks Field. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. The UI will be holding a clothing drive at tomorrow’s baseball game. Hawkeye fans are asked to donate used or gently-used clothing to help the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.