Feb. 27, 2015
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By JAMES ALLAN
EMERSON, Ga. — Senior Sean Moore delivered a pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning to send the University of Iowa baseball team to its fifth straight win — a 6-2 victory over Cincinnati on Friday at Perfect Game Park at LakePoint.
After allowing single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to give up a 2-0 lead, the Hawkeyes put up a four spot in the eighth to take control. Seniors Jake Mangler and Dan Potempa led off the inning with a walk and single before moving into scoring position on a Kris Goodman sacrifice bunt.
Cincinnati’s Colton Cleary then plunked Taylor Kaufman to load the bases, bringing Moore to the plate as a pinch hitter. The Coralville, Iowa, native hit a 2-1 pitch down the right field line for his first hit has a Hawkeye, and it put Iowa on top 5-2. Moore scored the sixth run with two outs on a passed ball.
Redshirt junior Tyler Radtke (1-0) picked up his first win of the season despite blowing his first save. Radtke pitched the final two innings, surrendering just one hit. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four. Ryan Atkinson (0-2) took the loss for the Bearcats, allowing two runs in three innings.
Iowa jumped out to a 2-0 lead, pushing single runs across the plate in the fourth and sixth innings. Potempa got the Hawkeyes on the scoreboard in the fourth, connecting on a leadoff home run to left field. Iowa took advantage of a leadoff walk by Goodman in the sixth when he scored on an RBI double by freshman Austin Guzzo.
Cincinnati cut the lead in half in the seventh inning, when Ian Happ scored on a two-out error by Kaufman. The Bearcats tied the game an inning later without a hit. Cincinnati had three walks in the inning and Treg Haberkorn scored on a Radtke wild pitch.
Junior Tyler Peyton pitched five innings in his third start, allowing zero runs on five hits. He had four strikeouts against two walks. Junior Ryan Erickson threw two innings in relief, giving up two runs (one earned) without allowing a hit. The southpaw had five strikeouts to three walks.
Potempa collected three of Iowa’s seven hits in the contest, finishing 3-for-4 with one run and RBI. Senior Eric Toole finished 1-for-4 with a walk and steal to extend his hitting streak to five games.
Iowa (5-1) returns to action Saturday, facing Cincinnati in the second game of the series at 10 a.m. (CT).