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Iowa baseball splits doubleheader with Oklahoma State

The Hawkeyes fell in heartbreaking fashion in Game 1 before bouncing back in Game 2.

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Iowa baseball splits doubleheader with Oklahoma State

Trenton Wallace celebrates during Iowa baseball vs. Northern Illinois at Banks Field on April 17, 2018. The Hawkeyes won the game 2-0. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

Trenton Wallace celebrates during Iowa baseball vs. Northern Illinois at Banks Field on April 17, 2018. The Hawkeyes won the game 2-0. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

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Trenton Wallace celebrates during Iowa baseball vs. Northern Illinois at Banks Field on April 17, 2018. The Hawkeyes won the game 2-0. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

The Daily Iowan; Photos by Megan Nagorzanski

The Daily Iowan; Photos by Megan Nagorzanski

Trenton Wallace celebrates during Iowa baseball vs. Northern Illinois at Banks Field on April 17, 2018. The Hawkeyes won the game 2-0. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

Pete Ruden, Sports Editor

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After losing a heartbreaker on a walk-off, 5-4, in Game 1, Iowa bounced back with a 5-4 win of its own against Oklahoma State in a doubleheader on Friday.

Game 1 was tied at 2 apiece after five innings of action, but the Cowboys found another run, taking a 3-2 advantage into the eighth.

Izaya Fullard and Zeb Adreon got on in the eighth with back-to-back singles. After Austin Martin advanced the runners to second and third, Trenton Wallace – pinch-hitting for Justin Jenkins – brought both runners in to give Iowa a 4-3 lead.

Trace Hoffman then conceded a double, but a play at the plate off a relay from Ben Norman to Mitchell Boe to Martin kept a runner from scoring. Another double from the next batter brought the runner in, though, and leadoff hitter Hueston Morrill beat out a grounder to bring in the winning run.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold onto it in the ninth and we blew the save opportunity,” Iowa head coach Rick Heller said in a release. “We had to watch them celebrate and had to bounce back on a cold day.”

In Game 2, Iowa came back from a 4-2 deficit after three innings.

Martin came through in the fourth by smashing a 2-run home run over the left-field fence, tying the game at 4.

In the eighth, Wallace recorded his second go-ahead RBI of the day, drawing a walk with the bases loaded to give the Hawkeyes a 5-4 lead, and eventually, a victory.

“The way the first game ended, I’m proud of our guys in how they bounced back,” Heller said in a release. “It was a real gutty effort in game two against a really good team. It would have been easy to lay down and die.”

Iowa and Oklahoma State will conclude the series on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.

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