April 26, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three University of Iowa pitchers combined for a shutout in a 3-0 victory over Grand View on Tuesday night at Duane Banks Field.
Freshman Cole McDonald (4-1) earned the victory, scattering four hits over five innings and striking out a career-high five batters. Senior Tyler Radtke tossed two perfect innings, fanning a pair, and freshman Zach Daniels earned his third save, striking out two in getting the final six outs.
“I was pleased with how our pitchers threw tonight,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “Cole gave us a quality start. He had great command and his fastball had a lot of life on it. It was a big step forward for Cole.
“Tyler had a quick inning and we decided to send him out for two… he had two quality innings, and Zach was good.”
The shutout is Iowa’s second of the season and moves the team to .500 (19-19) on the year.
The Hawkeyes managed only five hits against seven Grand View pitchers, but they scratched single runs across the plate in three innings.
In the fourth inning, freshman Mitchell Boe drew a two-out walk and scored on an RBI triple off the bat of junior Mason McCoy. McCoy scored the final Hawkeye run in the seventh on a Viking throwing error — the team’s fourth miscue of the game.
Iowa left runners on base in six of eight innings and stranded 11 total base runners in the contest. The Hawkeyes were 1-of-14 with runners in scoring position.
McCoy had two of Iowa’s five hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Boe and Moriel had RBIs in the game.
“Offensively, it was not our best performance,” said Heller. “I was disappointed with the quality of our at-bats, but Mason put together some good at-bats and had a good game. We found a way to get three runs to win the game, but didn’t do much after that.”
Grand View’s Colby Sorensen (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing one run on one hit in one inning of relief.
Iowa’s game against Omaha on Wednesday has been cancelled with storms in the weather forecast. The Hawkeyes return to action Friday, opening a three-game weekend series against Kansas State beginning at 6:05 p.m. (CT).