May 4, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa baseball team lost to Milwaukee Wednesday night at Duane Banks Field, 4-3. The game can be seen as a tape delay Friday at 1 p.m. on Big Ten Network (HD).
“Our guys battled to the last out,” said head coach Jack Dahm. “We had plenty of opportunities but we didn’t take charge of the game. We need to clear our minds and get ready to face Penn State.”
Tyson Blaser tallied Iowa’s first hit of the contest with a double to left to lead off the bottom of the second inning. The team-leading 14th double of the year extended the senior’s hitting streak to seven games. With the bases loaded and one away, freshman Kyle Haen reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Blaser from third and giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.
Milwaukee (20-22) tied the game in the top of the third on an RBI single to right center.
The Panthers took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Milwaukee took advantage of three hits to push across two runs in the frame and grab its first lead of the game.
In the top of the seventh, the Panthers tallied a run to extend their lead to 4-1.
Iowa cut the lead to 4-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the seventh. With one away, Sean Flanagan, who led off the frame with a single to right, scored on a groundout by Kurt Lee. Haen scored on a Milwaukee error with two away in the frame, trimming the lead to one.
The Hawkeyes threatened in the eighth inning, but were unable to come away with any runs. Kaleb Engelke shut out Iowa in the ninth to earn the save and give Milwaukee the one run victory.
Milwaukee’s Cale Tassi recorded the win. Tassi earned the win, despite only pitching four innings, because he was on a predetermined pitch count.
The Hawkeyes (16-26) host Penn State this weekend in their final Big Ten home series of the season. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Friday. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions will also play Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Saturday’s game will be televised live on Big Ten Network (HD).
|Milwaukee 4, Iowa 3||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|W: Tassi (UWM) 4-2|
|L: Sandquist (IOWA) 1-4|
|SV: Engelke (UWM) 5|