PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — In a game that saw five lead changes and two ties, the University of Iowa baseball team fell, 10-8, to Pittsburgh on Sunday in the finale of the Snowbird Classic.
Iowa finished the weekend 2-1 with wins over Kent State and Saint Joseph’s
Pitt scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first off starting pitcher Duncan Davitt, who went three innings, allowing one hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
The second time through the batting order, Iowa’s offense figured out Pitt starter Matt Gilbertson. The Hawkeyes recorded four hits in the inning, highlighted by sophomore Izaya Fullard’s three-run home run. His first hit of the season gave Iowa a 4-1 lead.
Pitt answered in the fourth inning with three runs of their own to tie the game at four.
In the seventh inning, Iowa secured its second lead of the game when junior Dylan Nedved scored on a misplay by the left fielder. Pitt responded again with a run of its own in the seventh to tie the game at five.
The Hawkeye offense went to work in the eighth inning, using three singles and two walks to take an 8-5 lead. Senior Austin Martin singled to center to record the go-ahead RBI at the time, and Nedved’s RBI-single to center capped off the three-run inning.
It wasn’t enough as Pittsburgh scored five runs with two outs in the eighth to go ahead 10-8. Iowa put one base runner on in the ninth, but couldn’t muster the comeback.
Redshirt senior Grant Leonard was saddled with the loss.
- Five Hawkeyes pitched out of the bullpen, including Hunter Lee and Nedved, who made their season debuts.
- Nedved and Justin Jenkins recorded multi-hit games.
The Hawkeyes travel to San Diego from Feb. 21-23 for the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament . Iowa will face San Diego State, Arizona, and San Diego.
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