Michigan bounces back, takes down Iowa in game No. 2

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Hawkeye baseball falls apart and loses to Michigan, 10-2.


The Daily Iowan; Photos by Megan

Jack Blomgren tags out the runner during Iowa's game against Michigan at Banks Field on April 27, 2018. The Hawkeyes won the game 4-2. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

Hawkeye baseball had a shot at winning its series against Michigan on April 28, but that will have to wait.

After losing its first game in its last 20, Michigan bounced back in an emphatic way, taking down Iowa, 10-2, in front of a sellout Banks Field crowd.

“We didn’t establish anything today,” head coach Rick Heller said. “It just wasn’t a good day.”

The Hawkeyes could not get anything going offensively after the first inning and the Wolverines spread out 10 runs over seven innings to slowly turn a 2-run deficit into an 8-run advantage.

A season-high 4 errors plagued the Hawkeyes, and free bases didn’t help, either.

“It makes it really hard to find a rhythm,” Robert Neustrom said. “Nineteen free bases I think we had, and it’s the most we’ve had all year. That’s just not good. Defensively, it wasn’t a good game, and offensively, we couldn’t get anything going.”

Wolverine Ben Dragani kept the Hawkeye bats guessing. He threw 6 innings, striking out only 3 but holding the Hawkeyes to 5 hits. He held Iowa scoreless after the first inning.

The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Neustrom drilled 380-foot home run over the right-field wall, scoring driving in catcher Tyler Cropley, but after that, the Iowa scoring ceased.

Saturday starter Brady Schanuel only lasted 3.1 innings before Heller called on Nick Nelsen to take over. After holding the Wolverines scoreless in the first inning, Schanuel allowed 3 runs over the next two, giving up 5 hits.

Iowa rotated through a pitching carousel of Grant Judkins, Shane Ritter, Cam Baumann, and Ben Probst, finding little consistency.

Iowa’s third and final contest against Michigan will start at 11 a.m. on April 29.

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