Feb. 26, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Indiana State scored eight runs in a two-inning span to hand the University of Iowa baseball team an 11-3 loss in the opening game of the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Friday at North Charlotte Regional Park.
The Sycamores broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to break the game open. Indiana State loaded the bases with nobody out against Iowa starter Tyler Peyton before Tony Rosselli delivered an RBI single to center field to break the tie and a second run scored on a Hawkeye throwing error.
Indiana State tacked on its third run of the inning on an RBI groundout against UI reliever Ryan Erickson before Andy Young delivered an RBI single through the left side to push the lead to 5-1.
The Sycamores loaded the bases for a second straight inning in the fifth courtesy of an Iowa error and back-to-back singles. After Indiana State extended its lead to 6-1 on an RBI groundout, Rosselli had a two-run triple off the wall in centerfield to make the score 8-1 and a sacrifice fly stretched the Sycamore advantage to 9-1.
The Hawkeyes cut into its deficit, scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Iowa used a two-out rally in the seventh, getting a single from junior Mason McCoy and a double from senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske to put runners on second and third. Junior Corbin Woods drove in Iowa’s second run with an infield RBI single.
Senior Joel Booker led off the eighth with a double to left center field, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a one-out RBI groundout from freshman Zach Daniels. It was Daniels’ first career RBI.
Indiana State tacked on its 10th and 11th runs in its final at-bat, stringing together three straight two-out singles, including an RBI base hit from Dane Tofteland. The Sycamore’s final run scored on a wild pitch.
Iowa missed opportunities early in the game against Indiana State starter Austin Conway. The right-handed pitcher walked six batters in four innings of work, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t make him pay.
The Hawkeyes left seven runners stranded in the first three innings and 14 for the game, leaving the bases loaded in the first and third frames. Iowa finished 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Iowa managed to push one unearned run across in the third when Nick Roscetti doubled to lead off the inning before scoring on an RBI groundout from McCoy. The Sycamores took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third, pushing one run across during a three-hit inning. Tyler Friis’ had an RBI single to plate Rosselli.
Iowa finished with a season-high 10 hits. Roscetti tallied his second multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored, Booker was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, and McCoy was 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Peyton (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings. Erickson gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 before freshman Sam Lizarraga got the final out — a strikeout — in his Hawkeye debut.
Iowa (0-4) returns to action Saturday, facing Dartmouth at 10 a.m. (CT). Sophomore C.J. Eldred will take the ball in his first career start.