- The Iowa Hawkeyes baseball club was beaten by the Indiana Hoosiers 14-11 on March 20th in a game that featured plenty of scoring. Iowa's Jason Avallone allowed nine runs on nine hits in just three innings.
The Hoosiers were led by junior Alex Cohn, who has four hits and four runs-batted-in (RBIs). Cohn also scored two times himself. Indiana hit .483 on the day and also stole three bases.
Iowa did have a strong start with an 8-0 lead through the first two innings, but the Hoosiers did not quit. They answered with six runs in both the third and fourth innings to take a 12-8 lead. Indiana added two runs in the fifth inning to make it a 14-8 game. The Hawkeyes could not do more than add three runs in the sixth inning to make it 14-11.
Senior Sean Smith and freshman Dean Lee were the bright spots for Iowa, who each had two hits. Lee also drove in four of the Hawkeye's runs, while Smith added three RBIs.
The hitting was clearly not an issue for Iowa, as they tallied 11 runs on 11 hits. After such a terrific season last year, Avallone is off to a tough start as he now is 0-1 with a 11.37 earned run average (ERA) on the year.
Devin Haymond, a freshman, received the win for the Hoosiers, as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, while allowing five hits and three runs. It was his first win of the season.
The Hawkeyes are 4-4 on the season and are having a tough time playing at a consistent level. They will play rival Iowa State in a doubleheader on Saturday April 5th in Ames.