Hoosiers and Hawkeyes Cancelled
May 6, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sunday's series finale against Iowa was cancelled due to rain and lightning in the Iowa City area. The two teams were in the middle of the first inning when the umpires called the grounds crew out to put the tarp on the field.
Iowa took the first three games of the series from the Hoosiers, earning a walk-off win on Friday and sweeping Saturday's doubleheader. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes took game one by a score of 10-2 before posting a 9-0 decision in the second game of the double-dip. Iowa moved to 27-15 and 14-8 in conference action, as it has now won 11 straight contests.
The Hoosiers drew first blood with a run in the top of the first. Keith Haas drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Sterling Mack sacrifice bunt. Andrew Means followed by slamming a single down the left-field line to score Haas and make the count 1-0. IU appeared poised to add to its lead after Jon Fixler was hit by a pitch, but Chris Hervey hit into a double play as Fixler was called for interference at second base on the grounder.
As it was in the first game of the series, Iowa struck back with a run in the bottom of the frame. Travis Sweet got on board with a single up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch from Tyler Tufts. Two batters later, he came around to score on a single to right by Caleb Curry to knot the score at 1-1.
The Hawkeyes put together a bizarre inning in the second, plating three runs on four infield singles and a Texas Leaguer. Tufts threw just 11 pitches in the inning despite facing eight Hawkeye batters. He got out of the inning with no further damage after Mack made a diving catch on the best-hit ball of the inning, but Iowa emerged with a 4-1 lead.
The Hoosiers got one back in the top of the fourth with a leadoff double by Ben Greenspan and a pair of groundouts. The Hoosiers had another strong opportunity in the top of the fifth with runners at the corners and Hervey at the plate, but the sophomore again was doubled up on a 6-4-3 double play. But Iowa put things away with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 9-2. The Hawks added a single run in the sixth for the final result.
In the second game, Iowa got a run in the top of the first on a leadoff home run by Jason White, then added three more in the bottom of the third on three hits and an error to take an early 4-0 lead. The Hawkeyes added another solo run in the third and a three-run shot by Travis Sweet in the fourth to extend the lead to 8-0. Jarrett Casey started and picked up the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season for IU.
Indiana is back in action for a home-and-home series against Louisville Tuesday and Wednesday. The Hoosiers host the Cardinals on Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST and travel to Louisville on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest.
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