April 12, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After pushing across 14 runs in the series opener on Friday afternoon, Northwestern's offense was held down by the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Wildcats fell, 8-1, in the first game of a doubleheader at Rocky Miller Park Saturday.
The game was only 10 minutes old and in the bottom of the first when lightning in the area prompted a delay that lasted an hour and 35 minutes. When play resumed, it was the Hawkeyes that struck first on the scoreboard. Iowa's first three batters in the top of the second each scored to build a 3-0 lead.
Northwestern's starting pitcher Brandon Magallones wiggled out of trouble in the top of the third as the visitors threatened once again. A walk, a hit batsmen and an error loaded the bases with one out, but the junior struck out Kris Goodman and got Jimmy Frankos to line out to second base to end the inning.
Iowa did add two more tallies in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Northwestern had scoring chances in both the fourth and fifth innings, but ultimately neither materialized. Wildcat Scott Heelan was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the fourth and he became his team's first runner in scoring position when Jack Livingston walked. Heelan was thrown out trying to steal third base though and the threat ended when Matt Hopfner grounded out to shortstop.
Jake Schieber led off the fifth with a double down the left field line and he moved up to third on a base hit through the left side by Cody Stevens. Schieber attempted to tag up and score on Jake Straub's fly ball to center field, but Goodman made a perfect throw to the plate to preserve the shutout for the Hawkeyes.
NU got its lone run in the bottom of the eighth. Starter Tyler Peyton and reliever Tyler Radtke loaded the bases ahead of Hopfner. The freshman delivered the first run of the day for the Wildcats with a single into right field that brought home Luke Dauch. Hopfner now leads the 'Cats with 18 RBI this season.
Peyton collected his fourth win of the season for Iowa, while Magallones took the loss for the 'Cats.
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