May 20, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Senior Tyler Peyton tossed a three-hit complete game shutout to lead the University of Iowa baseball team to an 8-0 victory over Penn State to clinch a series victory and a berth in next week’s 2016 Big Ten Tournament.
The Hawkeyes have won five straight games, moving the team’s record to 27-24 overall. Iowa has qualified for the Big Ten Tournament in three consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.
Peyton (4-5) allowed a second inning single before retiring the next 15 Nittany Lion batters. All Penn State would muster was a seventh-inning single, it had a runner reach on an error in the eighth, and had a one-out single in the ninth.
The Grimes, Iowa, native finished with four strikeouts and needed just 98 pitches to record his fourth win. It was Peyton’s third straight victory, as he ran his scoreless innings streak to 23.
Offensively, the Hawkeyes finished with 15 hits with six different players posting multi-hit games and nine tallying at least one hit. Senior Daniel Aaron Moriel was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to lead the team.
Iowa broke a scoreless game in the fourth, using back-to-back singles from Nick Roscetti and Joel Booker before junior Mason McCoy reached on a Penn State fielding error to load the bases. With one out, Moriel lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead.
Iowa extended its lead in the sixth with a three-hit inning and it took advantage of a second Nittany Lion miscue. McCoy and freshman Robert Neustrom started the frame with consecutive singles before Moriel’s RBI groundout made the score 2-0. Iowa’s third run crossed on a Penn State error on a ground ball off the bat of Eric Schenck-Joblinske.
After pushing its lead to 4-0 in the seventh on a Roscetti RBI single, the Hawkeyes put the game away in their final at-bat. Iowa scored four runs on four hits and one Penn State error with McCoy, Neustrom, Moriel, and freshman Zach Daniels tallying RBIs in the inning.
Penn State starter Sal Biasi (5-6) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits over five innings. The right-hander struck out six without issuing a walk.
Game two of the doubleheader will begin at 4:30 p.m. (CT).