It took 10 innings, but the Iowa Hawkeyes’ comeback effort would fall short on Tuesday night in Iowa City against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Western defeated Iowa by a score of 8-6.
Iowa fired the first shot in this one in the bottom of the second when they scored one run on a Jimmy Frankos single. An error would allow the second run of the inning to score on that same play. Western did most of their damage in their half of the fifth inning, they scored five runs on four hits and four Hawkeye errors.
“It was a sloppy game by us, Western Illinois played very well. … We got down because of a bad fifth inning. … It really cost us in this ball game.” – Rick Heller, hawkeyesports.com
Western would extend their lead to 6-2 in the top of the 7th inning on a Jake Moore double, but the Hawkeyes weren’t going away quietly. After they got Western’s starter out of the game, they put up 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to trim the lead to 1 with two innings left to play.
Jake Mangler led the bottom of the 9th inning off with a single to left field and would later score on an error by the Leatherneck’s pitcher. He threw the ball into right field on a come-backer that allowed Mangler to score to tie the game. The Hawkeyes tried for the win waving Jake Yacinich around, but he would be thrown out at the plate by the right fielder to end the frame.
Western would add two in the 10th and the Hawkeyes went down 1-2-3 to end the night.
Yacinich and Dan Potempa paced the Hawkeyes on the offensive side. Both Hawkeyes had 3 hits in the contest and Yacinich drove in one run. Tyler Radtke took the loss, his second of the year. He went 2.1 innings, gave up 2 hits, and 2 earned runs.
Iowa will now turn their attention to this weekend when they’ll welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers to town for a three game set over the weekend. First pitch on Friday will be at 6:00 p.m. CT at Duane Banks Field.