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Iowa City, Iowa – Illinois scored five runs a ninth-inning lead in a back-to-back 9-5 win over the Iowa baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
The loss breaks Iowa’s winning streak and drops the Hawkeyes’ record to 16-12 overall, 3-3 in Big Ten play.
The Hawkes split on Saturday with a double-header against Illinois. Iowa got the opening game, 4-2, before losing 7-5 in 13 innings in Game 2.
After grappling with a 4-4 draw over eight rounds on Sunday afternoon, Illinois finished fifth in a top ninth with one hit, five walks (one intentional) and a foul.
With the runners in second, third, and one, the Hawkeyes got the chopper off Brandon Komia’s racket to first, but Peyton Williams’ foul lay over the line, allowing Illinois to score the green light.
Illinois made it 6-4 on the ground at RBI before scoring in the last three games of hitting the field and walking back-to-back. Iowa was forced to use four pitchers per inning.
“When we fought back and tied it up, it looked like one of these days we could win it in the bottom ninth and feel good, win it and win the series,” said head coach Rick Heller. “Unfortunately, we took a step back in our office. We went to the guys who were on the board after yesterday and didn’t get it done.
“We give up five runs in one fell swoop. There’s not much to say. It can’t happen.”
Hockey took a 2-0 lead through the first three rounds thanks to individual competitions from Ben Talman and Williams. Thalmann’s blast was a 458-foot shot to the left in his first home career.
After sailing the first six rounds, sophomore Ty Langenberg found trouble in the seventh round. Illini had three hits in the inning, including one in two runs through the left side of the field to give Illinois a 3-2 lead.
Eleni continued his fourth-round run at home solo from Taylor Jackson in the seventh inning before the Iowa team rebounded after the stretch.
After back-to-back walks from Thalman and Ben Willems to start the run, Michael Seagers’ laughter transported both runners to the scoring center. Williams’ RBI goal put it 4-3 before new red-shirted Keaton Anthony doubled the left-of-centre to equalize at four.
Quote Heller Coach
“Today was exactly what I thought it would be, a tough match. He gave us Langenberg a good chance, but he got about a sixth when he was on the courts. Going to the six, I thought it was a game where he might get a full game because he was sharp early.”
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From the note…
- Iowa State scored two games at home for the second game in a row and for the fourth time this season.
- Anthony finished 2-for-4 in a double – captain of his team 14th this season. It was Anthony’s eleventh multi-hit match of the season.
1 . game
Three top Hawkeye bowlers–Dylan Nedved, Conor Schultz and Ben Beutele–selected Eleni by five strokes in a 4-2 win in the opening series. This is the third straight win and 16th place for the season in Iowa.
Nedved allowed one run on three strokes over five innings on his way to his third win. Right hand hit six. Schultz let go once over three rounds and Beutel out two, no one out of the crowd in the ninth inning en route to his first save.
Iowa grabbed the board in third when the red-shirted young Brendan Sher snatched two midfield goals before scoring against RBI field sophomore Michael Seagers.
The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to 3-0 in third when sophomore Red Shirt Peyton Williams walked past RBI rookie Keaton Anthony to the left of center. Senior Isaiah Follard followed him up with a single from RBI on Right Field – his first of the season.
Illinois stormed the scoreboard in fifth in the singles home round from Justin Ganas, but Scheer was back in seventh when he hit solo at home to center field, widening the difference to 4-1. This was Homer Sher’s second of the season.
Illini made things interesting on the ninth, putting the first hitters through a one-hit and outing, forcing Iowa to bring in a Beutel with two and no one out. Illinois held the rules before the sacrifice fly from Ryan Hamby, but Beutel hit the last two hitters looking to finish the game.
2 . game
Illini took advantage of the free rules on Day 13 to go green light up the series with a 7-5 win.
Redshirt sophomore Benjamin Detay walked Cal Hejza to lead the inning before hitting back-to-back hitters. After Justin Janas’ deliberate walk, Iowa goes to freshman Marcus Morgan in relief. The right-handed walked over the loaded bases before hitting Cam MacDonald to force her forward.
Ryan Moorman followed him up with a single, pushing the lead to 7-5 heading into 13th. Joseph Glassy finished the match, stressing the side to finish his third innings of the business and secure the win.
“It was a painful loss, but I thought the Illinois Pulp slept really well,” Heller said. “They are a good team. They are a seasoned attacking team that we have often carried around.
“There are a lot of pros and cons from today, but at the end of the day, you have three or four rounds, you have to finish it and we have to get it done.”
The Hockey family returns to work on Tuesday, and travels to Franklin, Wisconsin to face Milwaukee at 4 p.m. (CT).