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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 02, 2009 7:30 AM

Kelly to head to Indiana St.

As anticipated after Jake Kelly’s departure from the Iowa men’s basketball program became official, the sophomore will transfer to Indiana State.

Kelly, a native of Carmel, Ind., spoke of a desire to be close to home when he left the Hawkeyes last week. Indiana State is located in Terre Haute, Ind.

He was one of four members of the 2008-09 Iowa roster that head coach Todd Lickliter said would transfer during a press conference at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 27. Kelly was the Hawkeyes’ leading scorer last season, averaging 11.6 points per game in 32 contests for Iowa.

Like former Hawkeye Tyler Smith when he transferred to Tennessee in 2007, Kelly will apply for an NCAA hardship waiver, which would make him eligible to play for the Sycamores next season. Kelly lost his mother, Julia, in a plane crash in June 2008.

“I think his father and Jake have been very upfront and very open saying he wants to be near his family, and I can’t blame him,” Lickliter said on March 27.

— by Brendan Stiles

Baseball drops road game

The Iowa baseball team sank to 10-13 overall Wednesday night, losing a road contest with Illinois State, 9-6, at newly renovated Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.

The Hawkeyes managed to outhit the Redbirds, 12-9. But a throwing error by Iowa freshman catcher Dallas Burke allowed Illinois State to tally six runs in the bottom of the second inning with the help of four hits and three walks.

The Redbirds added three insurance runs three frames later in the fifth to effectively put the game out of reach for the Hawkeyes.

Senior first baseman T.J. Cataldo and junior right fielder Ryan Durant led the Hawkeyes offensively, each going 3-for-4 with a home run.

Senior shortstop Justin Toole batted 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

None of Iowa’s substitutes recorded a hit toward the end of the game.

“That one error should not have cost us the game,” Iowa head coach Jack Dahm said in a postgame radio interview. “Not only that one error, but how we responded is really what ended up hurting us early on.”

— by Ryan Young


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