Baseball falls to Western Illinois

BY IAN MURPHY | APRIL 02, 2015 5:00 AM

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Iowa baseball gave up a 7-run fifth inning, and Western Illinois added 9 insurance runs to topple the Hawkeyes, 16-5, on Wednesday in Macomb, Illinois.

The big fifth inning for Western Illinois started with Leatherneck sophomore Adam McGinnis getting hit by a pitch. He scored on a double from Colton Pogue, which ended Hawkeye Connor Grant’s day on the mound.

Pogue advanced to third on a wild pitch from redshirt sophomore Josh Martsching, who then walked the bases loaded.

Leatherneck freshman Jake Moore then hit a single to score 2 runs. The Leathernecks scored 4 more runs on a with the help of Iowa errors and bad pitching.

Iowa went down in order in its half of the sixth, then saw another Western Illinois onslaught of runs. The bottom of the sixth started with a double from senior Brent Turner. Another hit and another walk loaded the bases for Western Illinois with two outs.

McGinnis continued on his big day with a 3-run home run to extend the Leathernecks’ lead to 12-5.
Iowa and Western Illinois both went down in order in the seventh, but Western Illinois added insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to put down any chance of an Iowa rally.

Pogue hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to run-rule the Hawkeyes and end the game.

Iowa, now 18-7, has a three-game series at Purdue this weekend. Purdue, 10-18, is coming off a 9-1 win over Indiana/Purdue-Fort Wayne.

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