Iowa baseball drops first game of the 2019 season

Iowa lost, 7-2, to George Mason in Florida on Friday.

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Iowa baseball drops first game of the 2019 season

Ben Norman slides at home during Iowa's game against Oklahoma State at Banks field on May 4, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated 7-6. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

Ben Norman slides at home during Iowa's game against Oklahoma State at Banks field on May 4, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated 7-6. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

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Ben Norman slides at home during Iowa's game against Oklahoma State at Banks field on May 4, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated 7-6. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

The Daily Iowan; Photos by Megan

The Daily Iowan; Photos by Megan

Ben Norman slides at home during Iowa's game against Oklahoma State at Banks field on May 4, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated 7-6. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

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Iowa baseball started off its season 0-1 after dropping its season-opener to George Mason, 7-2.

George Mason jumped out to a 3-0 lead after Logan Driscoll sent a two-run home run over the fence after fellow Patriot Daniel Brooks ripped a triple to right field.

“It started out how I expected – a good pitcher’s duel between Cole McDonald and [Jared] DiCesare,” Iowa head coach Rick Heller said in a release. “That’s what it was for the first three, four innings before we gave up a three-spot in the fourth. Cole made a couple mistakes — one to their best hitter — and he hit it out of the park, so we’re down 3-0.”

McDonald’s first start of the season lasted just four innings. He gave up the game’s first 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out four batters.

Offensively, Izaya Fullard and Austin Martin were the only Hawkeyes with 2 hits. Mitchell Boe (in the leadoff position), Chris Whelan, Tanner Padgett, and Ben Norman each notched a single hit.

The Hawkeyes were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Iowa made things interesting by cutting George Mason’s lead to just 2 runs heading into the seventh inning, but the Patriots scored 3 runs to close the game out.

Next up for Iowa is Pittsburgh. The Hawkeyes and Panthers clash at 10 a.m. for their second game of the Diamond 9 Sunshine State Classic.

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