Hawkeyes Hold On For 2-1 Win Over Indiana
April 17, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Indiana came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 pitchers' duel at Iowa on Sunday, one day after winning by the same tally a day prior. The Hawkeye starter tossed a complete game for the second straight day while Indiana's Chad Martin was strong in his 5.2-inning stint, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks.
Iowa (13-19, 3-5 Big Ten) scored immediately in the home half of the first frame to go ahead 1-0. The Hoosiers (22-12, 5-3) have struggled when allowing the opposition to score in the opening inning, dropping nine of 10 games when that occurs. Justin Cureton was able to get a glove on Trevor Willis' bomb into right center, but couldn't bring it in. The lead-off triple ended with a run scored, thanks to a sacrifice fly by the next batter.
The Hoosiers had baserunners early and often, recording a hit in each of the first four innings. Stringing together base knocks was the issue, however, as Indiana stranded eight runners in the ball game.
A fantastic play at third base by Dustin DeMuth kept the Hoosier deficit to a lone run in the fifth. With one out and runners at the corner, Kurt Lee's laser headed towards left field was snagged by DeMuth at the hot corner and fired across the diamond to double up the man at first and end the scoring threat.
Iowa did push one across in the sixth inning though, taking a 2-0 lead. From the glass-is-half-full department, it could have been worse as the bases were left stranded and the Hoosiers remained within striking distance.
T.C. Knipp opened the seventh stanza by tomahawking a double down the left field line. He moved over to third on a groundball later in the inning. With two outs, DeMuth made his 14th infield hit of the season count, legging out an RBI-single which drove the shortstop deep into the hole and put IU on the board at 2-1.
It was Knipp once again in the late-inning spotlight, just as he's been numerous times this season. The Carmel, Ind., native drew a walk in the ninth and represented the tying run at first base. He then looked to have reached scoring position by swiping second base, but a batter's interference call erased his stolen base and ended the game in strange fashion.
Wes Wilson was an assassin from behind the dish, pegging three runners (two caught stealing, one picked off). The senior catcher from Lexington, Ky., runs his season totals to 10 caught stealing and four pick offs.
Game two of the doubleheader and the third of the series started a few minutes before 4 pm EST.
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