Feb. 28, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The University of Iowa baseball team erupted for a season-high 15 runs on 19 hits in a 15-3 victory over Chicago State on Sunday morning in its Snowbird Classic finale.
“Offensively we had quality at-bats up and down the lineup all day long,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “A lot of guys swung it well. It was one of those days we needed to break out with the bats and it was a good way to end the trip. We feel good about ourselves heading home.”
Eleven different Hawkeyes tallied at least one hit and four players recorded multi-hit games. Seniors Nick Roscetti and Joel Booker finished with a career-high four hits apiece; Roscetti was 4-for-6 with two doubles, three runs, and two RBIs; Booker was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Junior Mason McCoy finished 2-for-6, while freshman Luke Farley was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Nine different players had at least one RBI in the contest.
Iowa had four big innings in the game, scoring four runs in the second, three in the fifth and sixth, and five in the eighth.
The Hawkeyes loaded the bases in the second inning with nobody out before junior Corbin Woods was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run. Freshman Mitchell Boe drove in the second run on a groundout before Booker and Roscetti had RBI singles in the frame.
“It was a good start to the game,” said Heller. “We came out with good energy and the effort was solid.”
Chicago State scored an unearned run in the fourth inning against Iowa starter Calvin Mathews before pushing two runs across in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Hawkeyes followed with six runs over a two-inning span to take a 10-3 advantage.
Iowa loaded the bases with one out in the fifth courtesy of a Roscetti single, Tyler Peyton double, and a Daniel Aaron Moriel walk. Farley followed with a two-run double to right centerfield and senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske drove in the third run on an RBI groundout.
In the sixth, Roscetti doubled in Iowa’s first run, scoring Boe, who led off the inning with a single to left field. Following a Peyton walk to put two runners on, Moriel had a two-run single to left field to knock in the Hawkeyes’ ninth and 10th runs.
The flood gates opened in the eighth with Iowa scoring five runs on six hits. Iowa sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning with Farley, senior John Barrett (RBI double), Austin Guzzo (two-run single) and Booker (RBI double) tallying RBIs in the frame.
Senior Luke Vandermaten (1-0) earned the win, allowing one unearned run on a single hit in one inning in relief. Sophomore Nick Gallagher struck out five and allowed one hit in two shutout innings, while freshman Zach Daniels and Tyler Radtke tossed shutout innings in the eighth and ninth.
Mathews went four innings in the start, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. He had one strikeout and didn’t issue a walk. Chicago State’s Noe Arteage (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits over five innings.
“We attacked hitters today,” said Heller. “We didn’t walk a batter in nine innings, which is good to see.”
Iowa (2-4) returns to action March 4, opening a three-game series at Southern Illinois.