April 17, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Eric Schenck-Joblinske‘s RBI single in the 10th inning propelled the University of Iowa baseball team to a 6-5 victory over Indiana in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field.
Iowa did its damage in the 10th with a two-out rally with three consecutive singles. Senior Nick Roscetti and Robert Neustrom had back-to-back base knocks before Schenck-Joblinske hit the first pitch he saw against IU’s Thomas Belcher to give the Hawkeyes a 6-5 lead.
“Today was a step in the right direction,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “I was happy to see us string some quality at-bats together and some ball started to fall. That is going to be big moving forward. This was a day where we needed to find a way to get a win and we did. The guys showed some toughness.”
Iowa trailed 5-3 through seven innings before rallying in the top of the eighth. Sophomore Austin Guzzo and Roscetti had back-to-back singles to start the inning before Neustrom drove in the first run with an RBI single to right field. The Hawkeyes executed small ball to tie the game when Schenck-Joblinske laid down a safety squeeze, tying the game at five.
The rally was possible after a stellar relief outing from redshirt junior Ryan Erickson. The southpaw earned his first victory of the season, tossing 5 2/3 shutout innings and scattering just two hits. He retired 17 straight batters at one point before giving up a two-out single in the bottom of the 10th.
Redshirt junior Josh Martsching closed out the game by getting Austin Cangelosi swinging. It was Martsching’s third save of the season.
“Erickson was outstanding,” said Heller. “Josh came in and got the big strikeout to seal it.”
Indiana jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Iowa starter Nick Gallagher in the first two innings. Scotty Bradley had an RBI single in the first and Tony Butler homered in the second.
The Hawkeyes took the lead in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits. Guzzo had an RBI single to knock in the first run, Neustrom singled home the second run to tie the game at two, and freshman Mitchell Boe drew a bases-loaded walk to give Iowa a 3-2 advantage.
Indiana regained the lead with a three-run fifth. Back-to-back singles to start the inning chased Gallagher from the game before reliever Tyler Radtke walked the only batter he faced to load the bases. IU got a two-run single from Bradley to take the lead and Cangelosi’s sacrifice fly made the score 5-3.
Iowa out-hit Indiana, 13-7, in the victory with four players posting multi-hit games. Roscetti was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, Neustrom was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Guzzo and Tyler Peyton had two hits apiece.
“The middle part of our lineup was outstanding today,” said Heller.
The Hawkeyes (17-17, 6-6) return to action Wednesday in a road game at Bradley.