March 14, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
EMERSON, Ga. — Five University of Iowa pitchers limited Point University to one run on eight hits in a 7-1 victory Monday afternoon in the Spring Swing at LakePointe finale. The Hawkeyes finished the weekend with a 2-2 record.
Freshman Cole McDonald (2-1) earned the victory, allowing one hit and fanning two in two innings of work. Junior Josh Martsching and seniors Luke Vandermaten and Tyler Radtke combined for five shutout innings, while freshman Sam Lizarraga allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work.
The Hawkeye offense jumped on the Skyhawks early, pushing four runs across the plate in the first two innings. Seniors Nick Roscetti and Tyler Peyton had consecutive one-out singles in the first before Roscetti scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch.
Iowa used a second one-out rally in the second to push the lead to 4-0. The Hawkeyes strung together three hits following a Zach Daniels walk — a Joel Booker double, a two-run double from Roscetti, and an RBI single from Peyton.
After Point scored its lone run in the third, Iowa extended the lead to 6-1 with two runs in the fourth before plating its final run in the eighth. McCoy had an RBI single in the fourth, and senior Jimmy Frankos doubled and scored on a Daniels groundout in the eighth.
Six of Iowa’s eight hits came from the top three spots in the batting order. Booker finished 2-for-5 with two runs, Roscetti was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and Peyton was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roscetti now has a team-best seven multi-hit games and an 11-game hitting streak, while Booker has reached safely in 12 straight contests.
The Skyhawks’ Drew Elliston (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on six hits over three innings. He had one strikeout and five walks in the start.
Iowa (6-8) returns to action Friday, facing 19th-ranked Missouri State in an NCAA Regionals rematch in Springfield, Missouri.