Iowa Drops Series Opener to Michigan State

May 13, 2016

Box Score


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michigan State hit the game’s first pitch for a solo home run in a 5-1 series-opening victory over the University of Iowa baseball team Friday night at Duane Banks Field.

“It was a tough loss,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “They played well and swung the bat up and down the lineup. We had a couple of chances with two outs, but couldn’t get a two-out hit.

“They were feeling it and you could tell. C.J. (Eldred) battled for us, but he didn’t have his best stuff. When he missed, they made him pay.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MSU (32-13, 11-7) 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
Iowa (22-23, 8-10) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 1
? Box Score | Attendance: 636
Pitching Decision
W – Ethan Landon (7-2)
L – C.J. Eldred (2-8)
S – None
Iowa Offensive Leaders
? Robert Neustrom – 3-for-4, RBI
? Eric Schenck-Joblinske – 2-for-4
? Mason McCoy – 1-for-4, run

After Brandon Hughes deposited C.J. Eldred’s first pitch over the right field fence in the first, the Spartans stretched its lead to 3-0 with a two-run second. Kory Young had a sacrifice fly and Jordan Zimmerman had an RBI single to right field.

Michigan State pushed its lead to 5-0 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

The Hawkeyes threatened throughout the game, twice leaving the bases loaded and stranding 11 runners on the night. Iowa finished 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and it couldn’t break through on the scoreboard until the eighth.

Junior Mason McCoy started the inning with a one-out bunt single and he advanced to second base on the play via a Spartan throwing error. Freshman Robert Neustrom drove in the run with an RBI single to right field to cut the deficit to 5-1, but the Hawkeyes stranded its final two runners when pinch-hitter Luke Farley struck out looking to end the inning.

Neustrom and senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske collected five of Iowa’s seven hits in the game. Neustrom was 3-for-4 with an RBI; it was his sixth three-hit game of the year. Schenck-Joblinske finished 2-for-3.

Eldred (2-8) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits over six innings. He had five strikeouts to two walks in the contest. Michigan State’s Ethan Landon (7-2) earned the win, scattering four hits over six shutout innings.

Game two of the series will begin at 2:05 p.m. (CT) Saturday.