Feb. 28, 2014
The Hatters got one back in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Darby McCormick singled up the middle -- Stetson's first hit against Mathews. Kyle Pitts followed with an infield single and moved to third on a throwing error by junior Jake Yacinich. McCormick then scored on a Mathews balk, but the right-hander avoided further damage by inducing a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
Iowa manufactured an insurance run in the sixth inning to push its lead to 3-1 before stretching its lead to 5-1 with two runs in the eighth. The Hawkeyes have outscored its opponents 38-15 over the final four innings this season.
"That's what good teams do, they don't give up or get satisfied when you get a lead or get behind," said Heller. "That's when a lot of teams give away at-bats when they have a lead. We've done a good job of not wasting at-bats and trying to win those last three innings. It's something we work on a lot in the fall, and the guys have done a good job of executing that."
After junior Kris Goodman reached via an infield single to lead off the sixth, junior Dan Potempa laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him into scoring position. Sophomore Tyler Peyton then executed a hit-and-run with an RBI single through the right side.
The Hawkeyes stretched their advantage in the eighth with a one-out rally. Potempa started things off with a single, Peyton walked, and junior Nick Day laced a single to right field to load the bases. Toole pushed the fourth run across the plate with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring pinch runner Jake Riffice, and Mangler made the score 5-1 when he roped a first-pitch RBI single to right field for his third hit of the game, tying a career-high.
Mangler finished 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI, while Toole (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Day (2-for-4) both had two-hit games. It was Mangler's fifth multi-hit game of the season, and he extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Junior Nick Hibbing relieved Mathews with one on and one-out in the eighth. He surrendered a single to Pitts, the first battle he faced, before getting a pair of groundouts to end the inning. Hibbing allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Austin Perez (0-3) took the loss for Stetson, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over four innings.
The Hawkeyes (7-1) return to action at noon Saturday against Maine with junior Sasha Kuebel taking the hill.
|Iowa 5, Stetson 1||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|W: Mathews (IOWA) 1-0|
|L: Perez (SU) 0-3|