April 6, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Six University of Iowa pitchers limited Milwaukee to two hits in a 9-1 victory Wednesday night at Duane Banks Field.
Freshmen Shane Ritter, Cole McDonald, and Sammy Lizarraga held the Panthers hitless over the first six innings, just issuing two free bases. Lizarraga (1-0) earned his first career victory, facing six batters with one strikeout.
“The pitching was outstanding up and down the rotation,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “We played good defense on a night where it is not easy to play good defense and we had enough offense to score enough runs so that it really wasn’t that close.
“I was pleased with the way we went out and played. We had a lot of energy and the guys were locking in.”
Offensively, the Hawkeyes plated the game’s first run in the first before breaking out for a five spot in the fourth to take control.
Iowa’s first two base runners — Tyler Peyton and Austin Guzzo — reached on a single and Milwaukee’s second error before junior Mason McCoy lifted a fly ball into the jet stream to right field, which carried for a three-run home run to give the Hawkeyes a 4-0 lead. It was McCoy’s first career home run.
Iowa used its second home run to plate its final run when Peyton hit an opposite field shot down the right field line to make the score 7-0. It was Peyton’s third home run of the season.
Milwaukee broke up the no-hitter in the top of the seventh against sophomore reliever Nick Allgeyer. Daulton Varsho had a leadoff single and scored on a Nick Unes sacrifice fly.
The Panthers’ Austin Schulfer (0-3) took the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits over four innings.
Three Hawkeyes combined for six of the team’s nine hits. Booker was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Daniels was 2-for-4, and Peyton was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
Iowa (12-14) returns to action Friday, facing Illinois at 4:05 p.m. (CT) to open a three-game weekend series.