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BASE: Iowa Splits Twin Bill At Purdue

Updated: Saturday, May 17 2014, 10:03 PM CDT
WEST
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of
Iowa baseball team closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split
Saturday afternoon at Purdue.  The Hawkeyes dropped game one, 6-4, before
erupting for 17 runs in a 17-5 victory in the second game to clinch the series
victory.



“It
was a tough, disappointing loss in game one, but the guys really bounced back
in game two,” said UI head coach Rick Heller.  “We took advantage of some
free bases and had two-out hits. I was happy the guys bounced back and found a
way to win the last game of the regular season.”





Iowa
finishes the regular season with a 29-21 overall and 10-14 Big Ten record to
finish eighth in the regular season standings.  The Hawkeyes will face
top-seeded Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday in
Omaha at TD Ameritrade Park.





After
dropping the first game of the doubleheader, the Hawkeyes took it to the
Boilermakers from the onset in game two, pushing seven runs across the plate in
the first inning and scoring in 7-of-9 innings in the game.  Iowa plated
17 runs on a season-high 21 hits -- its the third 17-run game this season.





The
Hawkeyes did all of their damage in the first with two outs, scoring seven runs
on four hits.  Iowa sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. 
Senior Taylor Zeutenhorst drove in the first run with an RBI single to right
field before junior Kris Goodman was plunked with the bases loaded to make the
score 2-0. 





Senior
Bryan Niedbalski, junior Jake Riffice and junior Eric Toole followed with bases
loaded walks to push the lead to 5-0 before junior Jake Mangler laced a two-run
single up the middle to stretch the Iowa advantage to 7-0.  Purdue starter
Connor Podkul (0-5) didn’t get out of the first, giving up seven runs on three
hits in 2/3 of an inning.





After
sophomore Tyler Peyton retired the Boilermakers on six pitches in the bottom of
the first, Iowa’s offense went back to work, stretching the lead to 10-0 by the
third.  Iowa loaded the bases with no outs in the second before Goodman
drew a walk to push in the eighth run before the ninth run scored on a double
play ball. In the third, junior Dan Potempa laced an RBI double down the left
field line, plating Yacinich who reached on a two-out single.





Purdue
put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third before the two teams
traded two-run frames in the fifth. Iowa then stretched its lead to 14-2 with
two in the sixth. Mangler ripped an RBI triple down the right field line and
Potempa had an RBI single in the fifth and Yacinich had an RBI single in the
sixth. 





Iowa
scored its 16th run courtesy of a Niedbalski RBI single in the seventh before
senior Trevor Kenyon and Frankos had RBI singles in the eighth.





Ten
different Hawkeyes contributed to the team’s 21-hit outburst and six Iowa
players had multi-hit games.  Yacinich had his fourth four-hit game of the
season, finishing 4-for-6 with three runs and an RBI.  Mangler (3-for-5, 3
runs, 3 RBIs), Zeutenhorst (3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Frankos (3-for-6, 1 R, 1
RBI) had three-hit games, while Potempa (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs) and Goodman
(2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs) had two-hit games. 





Mangler
extended his reached base streak to 29 games, while Toole and Yacinich recorded
their team-best 22nd multi-hit contests.





Peyton
improved to 5-0, allowing five runs (four earned) on 11 hits over five
innings.  Junior Andrew Hedrick pitched the final four innings, scattering
pair of hits, to earn his first career save.





In
the opening game, the Hawkeyes battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game
in the fifth inning only to see the Boilermakers score three of the final four
runs to take the first game.





Purdue
got off to a quick start, plating three runs on four hits in the bottom of the
first inning against Iowa starter Sasha Kuebel.  After back-to-back
one-out singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Kyle Johnson delivered an
RBI single to left field before Kyle Upp followed with a two-run double to left
center to stretch the lead to 3-0. 





The
Hawkeyes closed the gap to within 3-2 in the top of the third, plating a pair
of runs on two hits and one Boilermaker error.   Iowa loaded the
bases to start the frame when Frankos reached on an error, Nick Roscetti was
hit by a pitch and Toole laid down a bunt single. 





Mangler
followed with a two-run single down the left field line, but Purdue pitcher
Gavin Downs got out of the inning by getting a double play and ground out to
end the threat.





Iowa
tied the game at three in the fifth when Toole singled to lead off the inning
before Peyton had a one-out infield single and Yacinich was hit by a pitch to
load the bases. Potempa knotted the contest at three with a sacrifice fly to
right field.

Sophomore
Calvin Mathews entered in relief in the sixth -- his first appearance since
April 25 -- and retired the side in order before the Boilermakers took
advantage of a pair of Mathews walks to regain the lead in the seventh. 
Brandon Krieg scored the go-ahead run on an Iowa error before Kyle Wood drove
home the fifth run with an RBI double down the right field line.





Purdue
stretched its lead to 6-2 with a single run in the bottom of the eighth before
Iowa plated one in the top of the ninth.  Frankos scored on an RBI
groundout off the bat of Toole, but nothing else was doing in the inning as
Matt Gibbs got Mangler to fly out to right field to end the game.





Mathews
(3-3) suffered the loss, allowing two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings in
relief.  Kuebel allowed three runs on six hits over five innings before
Tyler Radtke and Matt Allen got the final four Purdue outs.  Radtke gave
up his first run since April 15.





Toole
and Mangler accounted for four of Iowa’s nine hits in the game.  Toole was
2-for-5 with one run and one RBI, while Mangler was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.





Downs
(3-6) picked up the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over
seven innings.  Matt Gibbs gave up one run on a single hit over the final
two frames en route to his first save.



BASE: Iowa Splits Twin Bill At Purdue


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