Iowa baseball drops four of six over Spring Break


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Over the course of spring break the Iowa baseball team dropped two of three games against Nebraska-Omaha in a relocated contest in Wichita, Kan., on March 16-18 and two of three to Northwestern this past weekend at Carol Stream, Ill., on March 22-23.

The Mavericks opened the series with a 9-6 victory over Iowa on March 16. All nine of their runs came in the first four innings, making the score at 9-4.

Iowa worked to cut the lead in the bottom of the fifth, pulling in 2 more runs. A fielding error allowed catcher Dan Sheppard to score the squad’s 5th run. Sophomore Jake Yacinich then singled to right center to bring in sophomore Nick Day to make the score 9-6.

In the second game of the series, senior pitcher Matt Dermody improved his undefeated record to 4-0 with a 4-1 win over Nebraska-Omaha. Dermody tallied 8 strikeouts over the course of 7 1/2 innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run.

“He had a good feel [March 17],” Iowa head coach Jack Dahm said in a release. “He was locating his fast ball and was throwing extremely hard and locating, and he could throw his slider in there. He had a good mix and could throw anything he wanted to at any time.”

The final game of the series was a close one for the Hawkeyes — they suffered after a 7-run fifth inning by the Mavericks. The first four innings had Iowa ahead 4-0 with runs from an RBI single from sophomore Jake Mangler, a two-run triple by junior Taylor Zeutenhorst, and EricToole on a fielder’s choice by Yacinich.

The game took a dramatic turn after the 7 runs were scored against sophomore reliever Nick Hibbing in the fifth. Hibbing allowed 4 hits, a hit by pitch, a walk, and an error, putting the Mavericks up 6-4.

“We gave up too many free bases,” Dahm said in a release. “We had the one bad inning on the mound, and it didn’t help our pitcher defensively. You have to stay away from the big innings.”

Iowa pushed in 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t regain the lead. Sophomore Kris Goodman led the way for the Hawkeyes, going 3-for-3 in the game while scoring 2 runs.

The following weekend, Iowa dropped its Big Ten opener against Northwestern, 2-1, in 13 innings on March 22. The Black and Gold connected 9 hits but could only push 1 run across the plate via an RBI groundout by Goodman.

In a doubleheader against the Wildcats the next day, Iowa split the series by winning the first game, 2-1, and dropping the second, 5-1. Dermody threw a complete game in the victory in a performance in which he allowed only 1 run on 7 hits.

Iowa struggled in the final game. The Hawks could only muster 4 hits and 1 run and committed 5 errors on defense.

“We didn’t come out with very much focus,” Dahm said in a release. “We had 4 errors in the first three innings. Their guy threw a great game, and we couldn’t manufacture any offense.”

The Hawkeyes next game is scheduled for this Wednesday against Creighton at Banks Field.

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