May 7, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior Tyler Peyton and sophomore Nick Allgeyer combined for a two-hitter and the University of Iowa offense erupted for a season-high 20 hits in a 12-0 shutout victory over Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.
“What a difference 24 hours makes,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “The guys righted the ship and came out with great energy and effort today. It was a nice win to get us back on track.”
Peyton (2-5) didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and right-hander limited the Buckeyes to just two hits over seven shutout innings. Peyton had three strikeouts and issued two walks. Allgeyer struck out three of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings.
“Tyler was outstanding both on the mound and at the plate in his first start since Indiana (April 16),” said Heller. “He didn’t have his best fastball, but was able to locate all three of his pitches. He did a great job with his off speed pitches and was able to keep Ohio State off stride. He was fantastic.”
The shutout was Iowa’s third of the season, and it was the pitching staff’s second two-hitter of the year.
Iowa’s offense was as dialed in as it has been all season with all 10 players that saw action collecting at least one hit. The Hawkeyes had seven doubles in the game and six players tallied multi-hit games.
Peyton (3-for-5, 2 runs), senior Joel Booker (3-for-4, 4 RBIs, 2 runs), junior Mason McCoy (3-for-6, 2 RBIs), and freshman Mitchell Boe (3-for-5, 3 runs) all had three-hit games, while senior Nick Roscetti was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and senior Daniel Aaron Moriel finished 2-for-6. Eight Hawkeyes scored at least one run and five collected an RBI.
“We came out swinging the bats early and kept it going the entire game,” said Heller. “We scattered hits up and down the lineup. You couldn’t ask for a better day and it was a solid day for us defensively as well.”
Iowa spotted Peyton an early lead, pushing three runs across the plate in its opening at-bat. Peyton led off the game with a double to centerfield and scored on a Booker RBI single. McCoy and senior John Barrett also had RBIs in the inning.
The Hawkeyes extended their lead in the fifth on an RBI single from McCoy and Moriel scored the fifth run on a Buckeye throwing error.
Iowa added to its lead in the later innings, scoring one in the sixth, two in the eighth, and putting an exclamation point on the victory with four in the ninth.
The Hawkeyes loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before Booker drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 6-0 in the sixth. Boe doubled to lead off the eighth before scoring on a Roscetti single to make the score 7-0 and Booker doubled in the eighth run.
Senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske kept the shutout intact in the bottom half with a web gem. The Dike, Iowa, native robbed Jalen Washington of a home run, making a leaping catch at the wall to end the inning. In the ninth, Iowa scored four runs on four hits with Boe, Roscetti, Booker, and Moriel tallying RBIs in the inning.
Ohio State starter John Havird (5-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. The southpaw entered the game with a 2.78 ERA.
The rubber match of the three-game series is set to begin at 12:05 p.m. (CT) Sunday. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.