May 22, 2015
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By JAMES ALLAN
MINNEAPOLIS — Sixth-seeded Indiana’s offense erupted for nine runs early to hand the 15th-ranked and second-seeded University of Iowa baseball team a 10-2 loss in an elimination game Friday at the Big Ten Tournament at Target Field.
The Hoosiers scored nine runs on 10 hits over the first four innings and finished with 10 runs on 13 hits in game. Indiana roughed up Iowa starter Calvin Mathews (5-3), as the right-hander allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Indiana strung together three straight two-out hits in the second against Mathews, including a two-run triple from Austin Cangelosi. Cangelosi scored IU’s third run on the play on an errant relay throw from senior Jake Mangler.
Indiana broke the game open in the third. Casey Rodrigue led off the inning with a three-bagger to right field before the Hoosiers loaded the bases on a walk and catcher’s interference. Logan Sowers extended IU’s lead to 7-0 with one swing of the bat, hitting a grand slam into the second deck in left field.
The Hoosiers’ offense kept its foot on the gas, using three straight hits to stretch the lead. Tony Ramos then hit a two-run single to right field, stretching Indiana’s advantage to 9-0.
After recording just two hits in the first five innings against Indiana starter Christian Morris, Iowa broke through on the scoreboard in the sixth, courtesy of a three hit inning. Junior Tyler Peyton delivered a two-run double into the corner down the right field line to plate a pair and cut Indiana’s lead to 9-2.
Indiana got one run back in the bottom half, using an RBI single from Scott Donley to push the Hoosiers’ lead to 10-2. Iowa couldn’t muster a rally in the late innings as it had just two base runners in the final three frames against IU relievers Thomas Belcher and Austin Foote.
Morris (4-1) earned his fourth win, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He had four strikeouts against one walk in the game.
The Hawkeyes (39-16) will return to action May 29 in an NCAA Regional. Iowa will learn its postseason destination Monday during a selection show that will air live on ESPNU at 11 a.m. (CT).