LAS VEGAS — The University of Iowa baseball team dropped an 11-2 decision to 23rd-ranked UNLV on Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Hawkeyes trail in the weekend series, 2-0.
After falling behind 1-0 through three innings, the Hawkeyes scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to grab a 2-1 lead. Senior Austin Guzzo had an RBI single in the fourth to knock in Tyler Cropley and Lorenzo Elion’s RBI double gave Iowa its first lead.
From there, the Rebels took control, pushing eight runs across in the sixth and two more in the seventh to build an 11-2 lead. UNLV had six hits in the eight-run six; Iowa used five pitchers in the inning.
Four UNLV pitchers limited Iowa’s offense to three hits. Larry Quaney (3-0) earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, while three relievers had perfect outings.
Iowa starter Brady Schanuel (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits over five innings.
QUOTING HEAD COACH RICK HELLER
“It was a tough game for us. We were on top going into the sixth and Brady Schanuel gave us a good start. He didn’t have great command today, walking four, but was able to work out of some jams and make pitches when he needed to. We gave up a big inning in the bottom of the sixth and that was pretty much the game. We’ll have to bounce back tomorrow, show up, and play hard.”
– UNLV out-hit the Hawkeyes, 11-3. Austin Guzzo, Robert Neustrom, and Lorenzo Elion each had one hit.
– Iowa head coach Rick Heller was ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes. It was the first time he has been ejected as the Hawkeyes’ head coach.
The Hawkeyes (8-4) final game against UNLV is slated for Sunday at 3:05 p.m. (CT).
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