IU Claims Series Finale at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Behind a seven-run sixth inning, the Indiana baseball team rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Iowa, 11-7, Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 19-15 overall and 3-9 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes drop to 14-16 and 8-4 in league action.
Junior first baseman Ryan Parker turned in a big performance, finishing a home run shy of the cycle and going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Additionally, junior left fielder Jay Brant was 2-for-5, adding four RBI and scoring twice.
Opening the scoring, junior designated hitter Zach Boswell crushed his fifth home run of the season over the left field fence to give the Hoosiers an early 1-0 lead in the second.
The Hawkeyes bounced back and took their first lead of the afternoon in the third using speed and a couple of IU errors. Center fielder Nathan Price reached on a miscue, stole second and moved to third on an errant throw down to second. Second baseman Justin Petty then grounded out to senior second baseman Corby Heckman, letting Price come home to even the game.
Shortstop Andy Lytle followed with a gapper to left center field, swiped third and touched home with the second Hawkeye run on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Nate Yoho.
Iowa pushed its advantage to 3-1 in the fourth with an RBI single from designated hitter Travis Sweet. After the run, the Hawks had the bases loaded with nobody out when junior Adam Poole relieved freshman Brad Davidson. Poole got Price to line out to Heckman, who flipped to second to double off third baseman Luis Andrulonis.
Following a hit batsman, the southpaw retired Lytle on a force out to Heckman, escaping the frame with only one run crossing the plate.
In the fifth, senior catcher Kurt Weigle walked, and junior center fielder Reggie Watson chopped a ball
The Hawkeyes added two more tallies in the fifth before the Cream and Crimson exploded in the sixth, sending 11 men to the plate and crossing home seven times. Parker led off with a base knock, and Heckman and sophomore third baseman Michael Nilles worked bases on balls to load the bags with one down. Richardson, Weigle and Watson continued the walk-a-thon, plating Parker, Heckman and Nilles to make it a 5-4 ballgame.
Brant put a stop to the walkfest, drilling a ball high off the fence in left center field against reliever Aaron Reasland (1-3), clearing the bases and giving Indiana a 7-5 lead. Batting for the second time in the frame, Parker collected his second hit with a double into right as Brant scampered home with the Hoosiers' eighth run.
Iowa trimmed the margin to 8-7 with two in the bottom of the seventh, but IU responded in the eighth with a three-spot. Brant singled home Watson, and Parker ripped his third hit in as many innings, a triple to center field, pushing across Brant. Boswell closed out the run scoring with a sacrifice fly, bringing in Parker for an 11-7 advantage and the final runs of the afternoon.
Poole pitched two innings and gave up a pair of runs en route to his first victory as a Hoosier. Freshman Chris McCombs came in for Poole and tossed the final four innings of one-run ball, notching his first career save.
Up next, the Cream and Crimson hit the diamond on Tuesday, April 19, with a 3 p.m. matinee in Muncie, Ind., against Ball State.
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