April 16, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Freshman Calvin Mathews and sophomore Taylor Kaufman combined to shut out Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb., guiding the University of Iowa baseball team to a 3-0 victory over the Mavericks.
It was the Hawkeyes’ first shutout of the season, as their last came March 31, 2012, in a 4-0 win at Indiana.
“Calvin and Taylor both threw the ball extremely well,” said UI head coach Jack Dahm. “They both attacked the strike zone. We had one error, so for the most part we played good defense behind them. It was a good effort by our guys and it started on the mound with the job that Calvin and Taylor did.”
Mathews started on the mound and picked up his second win of the year after pitching five innings. The Bloomfield, Iowa, native allowed three hits and struck out three. Mathews retired 14 consecutive UNO batters after allowing two runners to reach base to open the game. Kaufman relieved Mathews in the sixth inning and recorded the final 12 outs, allowing three hits and tallying three strikeouts to record his second save.
Iowa (13-18) generated all of its offense in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on four hits. Sophomore Kris Goodman broke a scoreless tie with a one-out, two-run double down the right field line, driving home freshman Nick Roscetti and sophomore Eric Toole. Kaufman plated the third run of the inning two batters later, scoring Goodman with an RBI single. It was Kaufman’s 17th RBI, tying him with classmate Jake Yacinich for the team lead.
Nebraska-Omaha (14-16) threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs. Kaufman worked out of the jam by striking out UNO’s Connor Messinger for the final out.
Goodman and sophomore Anthony Torres accounted for half of Iowa’s eight hits. Goodman went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, his team-best 10th multi-hit game this year. Torres finished 2-for-3, posting his second multi-hit effort in the last three games.
The Hawkeyes resume Big Ten play this weekend at Penn State, playing a three-game series at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in University Park, Pa. The series will open Friday at 5:05 p.m. (CT), followed by 12:05 p.m. (CT) games Saturday and Sunday.
|Iowa 3, Nebraska-Omaha 0||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|W: Mathews (IOWA) 2-4|
|L: Buckley (UNO) 2-3|
|S: Kaufman (IOWA) 2|