Free Bases Hurt Hawkeyes as Chippewas Even Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Central Michigan evened the series with a 10-1 victory over the University of Iowa baseball team on Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.

The Chippewas scored four runs in the third, three more in the third and two more in the fifth to jump out to a 9-0 lead. The Hawkeyes gave up 11 free bases during the three-inning stretch.

Iowa got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Sam Petersen and Brett McCleary walked to leadoff the inning. With one out, sophomore Michael Seegers laced an RBI single to left field for the Hawkeyes’ first hit of the game. It cut the deficit to 9-1.

Central Michigan scored its final run in the seventh on a Hawkeye throwing error. Iowa gave up 18 free bases in the game.

Senior Dylan Nedved (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (all earned) on four hits over three innings. The Hawkeye bullpen allowed three unearned runs on four hits over the final six innings.

“There were a lot of free bases and some disappointing and embarrassing things that you never want to see (today). We need to be a lot tougher tomorrow. When things start going south, we need someone to stop it. I thought we were getting over that hump the last four-five games, but it was apparent today that we haven’t.”

– Seegers finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in his first game out of the leadoff spot. It was his sixth multi-hit game this season.
– Iowa had 12 strikeouts in the game.

The Hawkeyes and Chippewas will play the rubber game of the weekend series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CT).