April 15, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana’s Kyle Hart limited the University of Iowa baseball team to one unearned run on four hits in a 7-1 victory Friday night in the series opener at Bart Kaufman Field.
Hart, a senior southpaw, fanned five and allowed one free base via a hit by pitch in the complete game. He improves to 7-2 this season.
“That was as well-pitched game as I have seen in a long time,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “He had complete command of four pitches and threw his change-up any time he wanted. He induced a lot of week contact; we didn’t punch out, but we didn’t barrel balls up.
“Even with that, C.J. gave us a chance. He competed for us and kept the game close. It was a good Friday night game; Hart never faded. He was strong to the end.”
Hart and Iowa starter C.J. Eldred went toe-to-toe over the first four innings before the Hoosiers got to the Hawkeye right-hander in the fifth. Luke Miller led off the frame with a double and scored on an Austin Cangelosi RBI single before Tony Butler hit a solo home run to make the score 2-0.
The Hoosiers pushed their lead to 3-0 in the sixth via a Ryan Fineman long ball.
Iowa (16-16, 5-5) scored its only run in the seventh, taking advantage of an Indiana error. Senior Nick Roscetti reached on a throwing error by Miller at third base and he moved into scoring position on the play. Junior Mason McCoy got Iowa on the board with a two-out RBI double to left field, making the score 3-1.
Indiana (19-13, 5-2) broke the game open in the eighth against the Hawkeye bullpen. Back-to-back free bases via a walk and hit by pitch by redshirt junior Jared Mandel put two runners on before Lowe singled home the fourth run against reliever Luke Vandermaten. Miller followed with a three-run home run to stretch the margin to 7-1.
Eldred (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (all earned) on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings against his former team. He had four strikeouts to one walk in the contest.
Senior Tyler Peyton finished with two of Iowa’s for hits, finishing 2-for-4 in the game.
“We have to step up and be better offensively,” said Heller. “We’ll face another quality lefty; we have to be better.”
Game two of the series begins at 1:05 p.m. (CT) Saturday. It will be streamed live on BTN Plus.