April 16, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-2, series-clinching victory over the University of Iowa baseball team Saturday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field.
The Hoosiers tagged UI starter Tyler Peyton for three runs on four hits in the first innings with two coming on a home run from Craig Dedelow — the second batter of the game. Indiana added its third run on a Luke Miller sacrifice fly.
Indiana continued where it left off in the second, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four runs on three hits and one Hawkeye error. Dedelow, Ryan Fineman, and Scotty Bradley had RBIs in the frame in helping the Hoosiers build a 7-0 advantage and chase Peyton from the start.
“Tyler didn’t have command of any of his pitches and was up in the zone and Indiana made us pay in the first two innings,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “After that Nick (Allgeyer) did a nice job of settling the game down to give us a fighting chance to get back into it.”
Iowa got one run back in the third when Peyton had an RBI single to plate Luke Farley. The freshman outfielder led off the inning with a double to center field for Iowa’s first hit against IU starter Caleb Baragar.
The Hawkeye bats were quiet until the sixth when Joel Booker led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on an error and failed pickoff attempt. Peyton collected his second RBI with a single to right field to make the score 7-2.
Indiana got the run back in the bottom half courtesy of the long ball. Logan Sowers hit a two-out solo home run against reliever Nick Allgeyer to make the score 8-2.
The Hawkeyes had four hits and left five base runners over the final three innings, but couldn’t break through against Baragar or reliever Paul Milto. Baragar (3-1) earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over seven innings. He had four strikeouts without issuing a walk.
“Baragar did a nice job,” said Heller. “We were able to scratch a couple of runs across, but we couldn’t get the big inning. It was a tough loss.”
Peyton (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in two innings. He had two strikeouts and two walks. Allgeyer went 3 2/3, allowing one run on three hits, and freshman Shane Ritter threw the final 2 1/3, allowing one hit and fanning a pair.
“Both of those guys (Allgeyer and Ritter) gave us a chance to come back, but we didn’t get it done offensively,” said Heller.
Iowa had eight hits in the game with Peyton and Roscetti tallying multi-hit games. Peyton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Roscetti finished 2-for-4 for his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season.
Sunday’s series finale will begin at 2:03 p.m. (CT) and it will be televised live on BTN. Sophomore Nick Gallagher will take the ball for the Hawkeyes.
“We’re going to need a big start out of him,” said Heller. “Thanks to the great job Nick and Shane did, we were able to save guys in the bullpen. We have some good guys to go to, but I look for Nick to give us a good start tomorrow.”