Hawkeye baseball can't hold lead, drops season series to Indiana

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 02, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa baseball team dropped two of three games to Indiana over the weekend in Bloomington, Ind.

Iowa (10-14, 3-3 Big Ten) had a good opportunity to win on Sunday — and thus win two of the three — the team led 5-0 after three innings in the rubber game of the series. Starting pitcher Sasha Kuebel pitched well early on, facing the minimum of nine batters through the first three innings.

But the Hoosiers (12-16, 4-2) tied the game by scoring 2 runs in the fourth inning and 3 in the fifth, and they plated 5 more over the final four innings.

Kuebel picked up a no-decision in the 10-5 loss, exiting after 4 2/3 innings after giving up 5 earned runs. Reliever Patrick Lala was tagged with his third loss of the year after he gave up 2 earned runs on a hit and a hit batter in 1/3 of an inning. Andrew Hanse had an almost identical line, with 2 earned runs on a hit and a walk in 1/3 of an inning.

Indiana's victory on Sunday marked the fourth-straight year in which the team took the season series from the Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers swept Iowa in 2009 and 2010 and won two of three last year in Iowa City.

"It was disappointing; we needed to tack on runs and keep control," manager Jack Dahm said in a release. "… We were unable to put them away. We tried to hang on for a win instead of going after it."

The Black and Gold's lone win of the weekend, on March 31, was Dahm's 200th victory as a Hawkeye. Dahm is in ninth year as the team's manager.

Left-hander Matt Dermody earned his first win of the year in that game, throwing seven strong innings in a 4-0 Hawkeye win.

Third baseman Chett Zeise had a solid weekend at the plate, going 5-for-13 with 4 RBIs. Iowa's leadoff man, Mike McQuillan, struggled at the plate, 2-for-13.

— by Ben Schuff

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