Hawkeyes Fall to Kansas State, 11-4
April 13, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa baseball team fell to Kansas State, 11-4, on Saturday at Duane Banks Field in the second game of a three-game set.
The Wildcats (25-11) offense came alive, scoring 11 runs on 17 hits, after scoring one run on seven hits in the series opener Friday night.
"Our guys have to understand that they have to come out ready to play," said UI head coach Jack Dahm. "We were concerned as coaches about how we were going to come out today. We have to have a maturity about us and learn how to handle winning a game. We were way too excited after yesterday's game and didn't handle it very well."
Kansas State jumped out to 7-0 lead, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings and a one run in the top of the third inning.
The Hawkeyes (12-17) broke into the run column in the bottom of the third inning, scoring a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 7-2. Iowa loaded the bases with two outs, setting up a two-run single to right field by sophomore Taylor Kaufman. It was Kaufman's second consecutive multi-RBI performance, and his fifth of the year.
After K-State scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 8-2, Iowa pushed across two runs on three hits in its half of the frame, closing the gap to 8-4.
Junior Taylor Zeutenhorst and sophomore Jake Mangler reached base to open the bottom of the fourth, as Zeutenhorst was hit by a pitch and Mangler singled through the right side of the infield. Zeutenhorst and Mangler were advanced to second and third via a freshman Nick Roscetti sacrifice bunt, before scoring on a single by sophomore Anthony Torres -- his first RBIs of the season.
The Wildcats added a run in their half of the fifth inning and two runs in the top of the seventh inning to stretch their advantage to 11-4.
KSU reliever Jared Moore was credited with the win on the mound, allowing zero runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Senior Andrew Hanse took the loss on the hill, falling to 2-2. Hanse tossed 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits.
The Hawkeyes ended the contest with 10 hits, marking the seventh-consecutive game with 10 or more hits. Torres provided a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs at the plate. It was his first multi-hit performance of the season.
Iowa returns to Duane Banks Field tomorrow for the rubber-match with Kansas State, beginning at 12:05 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes were slated to face the Wildcats at Principal Park, the home of the Iowa Cubs at approximately 3:30 p.m. (CT), but due to the forecast of thunderstorms in the Des Moines area, the location was moved.
"I want to win this series and see what our guys are made of," Dahm said. "We need to play. This is great competition against a very talented team. It would be a big step for us if we can go out and compete the way we are able to compete tomorrow."