April 10, 2015
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By JAMES ALLAN
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn limited the 15th-ranked University of Iowa baseball team to six hits and one run over eight innings to hand the Hawkeyes a 10-1 loss Friday night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. The defeat was Iowa’s first in Big Ten play in 2015.
“Our guys came out ready to play, but unfortunately we gave up a lot of free bases, walked too many guys, and made three errors,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “The walks hurt us, and they were able to get a couple of clutch hits after we gave them the free bases.
“It was one of those games that turned south in a hurry. We have to bounce back and play a lot better. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”
Iowa had chances early against Shawaryn, putting runners on base in each of the first five innings, but only had one run to show for it.
“For the most part I thought our hitters were dialed in,” said Heller. “We had some opportunities, had some leadoff guys on and into scoring position, but we couldn’t get the hit to drive anybody in.”
Maryland scored the game’s first two runs in its second at-bat with a two-out rally. Jamal Wade started the two-out bingo, reaching on a hit by pitch before Justin Morris singled through the right side to put two runners on. Kengo Kawahara made the score 2-0 with a two-run double into the right centerfield gap.
The Hawkeyes cut the lead in half in the top of the third, scoring its only run on a pair of hits. Junior Nick Roscetti led off the frame with a single through the left side before Nick Day reached on a fielder’s choice. Senior Eric Toole followed with an RBI double to left field, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
The score remained 2-1 until the sixth inning when Maryland broke through for three runs to chase UI starter Tyler Peyton from the contest. Wade drove in the first run with an RBI double to left field to score Jose Caus to make the score 3-1 and then free bases killed the Hawkeyes.
Maryland put the game away in the eighth, scoring five runs on four hits and taking advantage of an Iowa error. Kawahara drove in his third run with a single to right centerfield, the second run scored on a wild pitch, and Cuas provided the dagger, hitting a deep three-run home run against redshirt junior Tyler Radtke, pushing the lead to 10-1.
Peyton (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander had three walks to three strikeouts in the game. It was Peyton’s first loss in Big Ten play.
Shawaryn improved to 8-0 on the year, allowing one run on six hits with nine strikeouts to two walks. Shawaryn and reliever Ryan Selmver punched out 10 Hawkeyes in the game.
Toole paced Iowa’s offense, finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI to extend his reached base streak to 29 games.
Game two of the series will begin at 1 p.m. (CT) Saturday.