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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MAY 15, 2009 7:28 AM

Ohio State dumps Hawkeye baseball

The Iowa baseball team didn’t have an answer for No. 27 Ohio State Thursday night.

The Hawkeyes fell to the Buckeyes, 13-4, at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus before a crowd of 1,051. The loss puts Iowa at 16-33 overall, 4-17 in the Big Ten, with two games remaining.

Sophomore center fielder Kurtis Muller spoiled an Ohio State shutout with a two-out grand slam in the top of the ninth.

Outfielders Ryan Durant and Phil Keppler also led the Hawkeyes offensively, both going 2-for-4.
Iowa freshman pitcher Nick Brown picked up his fourth loss of the season after surrendering six runs, five earned, on five hits in one inning.

Ohio State tallied its 13 runs in the first three frames, posting one in the first, nine in the second, and three in the third.

Iowa sophomore hurler Zach Kenyon tossed five scoreless innings in relief allowing a pair of earned runs in the third.

The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes play again today at 5:35 p.m.

— by Ryan Young

Men’s golf 10th

The Iowa men’s golf team sits in 10th place out of 14 teams after the first round of action at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Sorrento, Fla.

11th-seeded Iowa shot 283 (1 under) as a team; fourth-seeded and host Central Florida leads the regional at 268. Nationally top-ranked and top-seeded Georgia is in a three-way tie for seventh after shooting 282.

Sophomore Vince India led the Hawkeyes, tallying three birdies and one eagle on his way to carding a 69 (2 under). The Deerfield, Ill., native sits in a 10-way logjam for 14th place. Freshman Chris Brant shot a 70, and sophomore Brad Hopfinger shot a 71. Senior Cole Peevler and freshman Barrett Kelpin both posted scores of 73.

“I felt like we played a pretty solid round,” Iowa head coach Mark Hankins said. “Everyone shot a decent number and put together a pretty solid score.”

The golfers will continue play with today’s second round. The final will be played Saturday. The top five teams, as well as the top five teams from the other five regionals, will head to Toledo, Ohio, for the NCAA championships May 27-30.

— by Jordan Garretson


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