IU Takes a Pair from Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Indiana baseball team earned a Saturday sweep in Iowa City, defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes in both games of a doubleheader at Duane Bank Field. The Hoosiers took the first game, 4-2, in seven innings, but needed extra frames for a 4-2, 10th-inning victory in the nightcap. IU improved to 18-6 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten action while Iowa fell to 7-12 and 1-5 in league games.
In the opener, Indiana struck early, collecting a pair of runs in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter Mark Calkins reached base on a dropped fly ball in centerfield. Second baseman Corby Heckman walked with one out to put runners on first and second. After clean-up hitter Vasili Spanos went down swinging, first baseman Kevin Mahar came to the plate with two away. Mahar drilled a double to the wall in left, plating Calkins and Heckman for the IU lead.
IU added a run in the third as Brad DeStefano, who had singled up the middle to get on, scored on Heckman's base hit to left.
Indiana pushed out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth. Wargo drew a base on balls to start things. Rightfielder Kenny Marrs sacrificed Wargo to second and Calkins drove him home with a double to deep left.
The Hawkeyes got the on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Rightfielder Nate Yoho smacked a single up the middle to start the frame and eventually came around to score on shortstop Jeff Gremley's fielder's choice. Spanos fielded the ball at third by the throw to the plate was not in time. Iowa tacked on the second run as Gremley scored on Designated hitter Brian Bucklin's sacrifice fly to center field, making 4-2.
Hoosier starter Jacob Cary ran his record to 6-0 on the season with his fourth straight complete game. Cary scattered seven Iowa hits and notched five strikeouts to just one walk.
For Iowa, hurler Reed Pawelk was tagged with the loss, slipping to 2-2 on the year. Pawelk went the distance as well, allowing five Hoosier hits and two earned runs. He had four strikeouts and five walks.
In game two, it was the Hawkeyes who drew first blood after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Iowa's first three hitters logged hits. Gremley knocked in Yoho with a double to right-centerfield. Gremley also came around to score as first baseman Mike Best hit a sac fly to right.
Indiana got on the scoreboard with a single run in the top of the second frame. Spanos drove a hit to left field but his stay on base was short-lived as Mahar grounded into a double play. Designated hitter Ryan Donley started a two-out rally with a single to left-center. Shortstop Seth Bynum followed with a base hit to right field. Then, Iowa hurler Ryan Mentkowski then surrendered a pair of walks, the second of which pushed Donley in to score.
The Cream and Crimson knotted the game at two in the third. Heckman walked with one out and then rounded the bases as Spanos ripped a stand-up double to deep left-center.
From that point on, both teams found it difficult to score, eventually combining to leave 18 runners on base (10 for Iowa, 8 for Indiana).
After a lead off double for Iowa in the sixth, freshman Chris Hynes relieved starter Adam Pegg on the mound. A fielder's choice resulted in runners at first and third after a late throw failed to get the out at third. From there, Hynes got a pop out, a strikeout looking and a fly to center field to finish the inning.
And to extra innings it went. Neither team could muster a hit until Indiana finally broke through in the top of the 10th. With one out, Heckman went to first as Iowa reliever Nate Johnson hit him in the shoulder with a pitch. Spanos stepped to the plate and nailed his fourth hit of the game through the right side, advancing Heckman up to second. Heckman moved to third as the Hawkeyes' rightfielder bobbled the ball for an error. Evans proved to the game breaker. With two strikes, the senior dropped a ball in shallow right field for a 4-2 lead.
With two outs, Hynes walked Guyer and Best knocked a base hit to left field. But Hynes finished the job for the Hoosiers, striking out Bucklin to end the game.
Hynes got his first collegiate decision after five innings of work. The rookie gave up only one hit and two walks while fanning four Iowa batters. Pegg pitched the opening five innings for IU. He scattered seven Hawkeye hits and had four walks and two strikeouts.
Indiana moved to 4-0 in extra-inning games this season.
Indiana and Iowa are scheduled to complete the four-game series with another doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch of game one is set for 11 a.m. (CST) at Duane Banks Field.
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