Iowa baseball breaks out bats, posts winning weekend

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa baseball team won two of its three games this weekend in the Austin Peay/Riverview Inn Classic.

The most dramatic game was the weekend's finale against Youngstown State on Sunday in which the Hawkeyes posted a season-high 20 hits against the Penguins.

None was more important, though, than Taylor Zeutenhorst's pinch-hit RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure a 16-15 Iowa victory. Third baseman Chett Zeise led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Toole. Zeutenhorst ended the game by sending an offering from Youngstown State pitcher Erik Okleson down the right-field line and scoring Zeise.

Iowa (3-6) had previously broken out the bats during the weekend. The Hawkeyes beat Akron, 17-3, on March 2. Iowa batters connected for 15 hits against the Zips, led by Zeise's two home runs and a double. The senior's first blast to center field scored Mike McQuillan and capped a five-run third inning. Zeise led off the top of the ninth with a solo shot to center field and ended the game as one of four Hawkeyes with two or more hits.

The Hawkeyes' lone loss of the weekend came to Austin Peay on March 3. Iowa led 3-1 through 6 1⁄3 innings, but the Governors scored single runs in the seventh, eighth, and 10th innings to record their sixth win of the season. The loss marked the fourth time the Hawkeyes have been defeated by one run.

Iowa will head to Winter Haven, Fla., for a game against Georgetown on March 10.

— by Ben Schuff

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