March 5, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The University of Iowa baseball team scored the game’s final six runs to rally for a 7-5 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium.
Trailing 5-1 heading to the sixth, the Hawkeyes put up a four-spot to tie the game at five. Iowa loaded the bases via singles from freshman Mitchell Boe, senior Joel Booker, and a walk from junior Mason McCoy. Senior Nick Roscetti was credited with an RBI after getting hit by a Chad Whitmer pitch to make the score 5-2.
The Hawkeyes trimmed the lead to 5-3 when Booker scored on a Tyler Peyton double-play ball. Sophomore Austin Guzzo tied the game at five with one swing of the bat, connecting on a two-run shot for his first career home run.
Iowa gained its first lead in the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth. Senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske had a one-out double down the left field line before Booker followed suit with an RBI double to give the Hawkeyes their first lead.
In the eighth, Peyton extended the Hawkeye lead to 7-5 with a leadoff home run to center field. It was the senior’s first home run of the season and his first since 2014.
Sophomore Nick Gallagher earned his first career victory, allowing two runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in relief. Senior Ryan Erickson started the game, giving up three runs on six hits in 2 1/3. Senior Luke Vandermaten got the final six outs, allowing two hits, to tally his first save of the season.
The Salukis jumped on Erickson in the second with three straight hits to start the inning. Hunter Anderson doubled in the game’s first run before Taylor Martin hit a two-run home run to left centerfield to push the SIU lead to 3-0.
Iowa scored its first run in the fourth inning on an RBI double from Roscetti, but SIU pushed its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
The Hawkeyes finished with nine hits in the game — three coming from Booker. The senior finished 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Schenck-Joblinske was 2-for-4 with a run, and Roscetti and Guzzo had two RBIs apiece.
Southern Illinois reliever Jacob Williams was tagged with the loss, allowing one run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Whitmer went six innings in the start, allowing five runs — all earned — and finishing with four strikeouts to two walks.
Sunday’s series finale and rubber game begins at 1 p.m. (CT).