May 14, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Tyler Peyton tossed seven shutout innings and senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske provided all the offense in the University of Iowa baseball team’s 3-1 victory over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
The win evens the series at 1-1 and moves the Hawkeyes to 23-24 overall and 9-11 in Big Ten action heading into tomorrow’s home finale.
Peyton (3-5) had his second straight masterful start, scattering three hits over seven innings. The right-hander had two strikeouts to three walks to win his second consecutive start and extend his scoreless innings streak to 14.
“Tyler pitched well today,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “He changed speeds and was able to throw his secondary stuff in fastball counts and induce a lot of weak contact. He didn’t have his strikeout stuff, but let the defense work and did a nice job of pitching ahead most of the game.
“He didn’t try to do too much and hit his spots and let things work.”
Iowa manufactured the game’s first run in the second inning to take the early 1-0 lead. Senior John Barrett singled to center field to start the frame against MSU starter Joe Mockbee before advancing to second base on a Mason McCoy sacrifice bunt.
Sophomore Grant Klenovich followed with a single to right field to put runners on the corners before Schenck-Joblinske’s RBI single to left center field broke Iowa on to the scoreboard.
The Hawkeyes stretched their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth with one swing of the bat. Following a leadoff walk from McCoy, Schenck-Joblinske hit a first-pitch, towering home run to right field for a two-run shot. The no-doubt moon shot was his second of the season.
“Eric had a good night last night; he has been swinging it well so we ran him out there against the left-handed pitcher,” said Heller. “I am glad I did. He had a big day and it was good to see him turn on a hanging breaking ball and hit it out of the park.
“Hopefully he can carry that on; that would be big for us the rest of the year.”
Michigan State had only three hits through the first eight innings before bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth. Matt Byars doubled against Martsching to lead off the inning before scoring on a Dan Chmielewski one-out RBI single.
After Justin Hovis drew a two-out walk to put two runners on, Martsching struck out pinch hitter Chad Roskelly swinging to strand a pair and close out the game.
Iowa out-hit the Spartans, 9-5, in the game. Schenck-Joblinske was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for his second straight multi-hit game, while senior Joel Booker finished 2-for-3 with two doubles.
Mockbee (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Iowa and Michigan State will play the rubber match of the series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes will recognize 13 seniors and four managers during a pregame ceremony.