March 3, 2007

Final Stats

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DELAND, Fla. – The Iowa baseball team defeated Notre Dame, 8-1, on Saturday, in a game that was delayed for nearly five hours due to rain before being called due to steady showers in the night’s forecast. The ever-changing Stetson Invtiational schedule now includes two games to be played on Sunday, with Iowa and Nebraska meeting at 10:00 a.m., followed by the ND-Nebraska game at 1:00 (or later, pending the lentgh of the earlier game). The Irish will send sophomore righthander David Phelps to the mound while the Huskers starting pitcher is TBA.

(Note: the game officially is recorded as a six-inning game, although Iowa batted and made three outs in the top of the seventh, vs. Sam Elam;those stats do not count to the season totals.)

Iowa scored in five of the first six innings to claim an 8-0 lead before the Irish pushed across a run in the sixth. Freshman leftfielder Brayden Ashdown – making his second start of the season – sparked the run-scoring sequence, after pulling a 1-2 pitch into the leftfield corner for a leadoff double. Pinch-hitter Austin Pearce’s pinch-hit flyout advanced the runner and Brett Lilley drew a full-count walk, bringing righthander Scott Brune out of the bullpen. A shallow flyout left Ashdown at third but Jeremy Barnes delivered the RBI, slicing a 1-0 fastball down the rightfield line for an opposite-field double.

Junior lefthander Wade Korpi (1-2) suffered the loss, after allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out five in 4.1 innings of work. Iowa sophomore righthander Steve Turnbull (1-0) took a no-hitter into the fifth and ultimately allowed the single run on two hits and one walk while striking out six Irish batters in 5.1 innings.

Travis Sweet doubled and scored an unearned run to open the scoring (after a passed ball and sacrifice fly) in the top of the first. The Hawkeyes then tacked on three runs in the third (one unearned), with a leadoff home run by Jason White preceding singles by Sweet and Kevin Hoef (RBI) while an errant pickoff throw by freshman catcher Ryan Smith allowed the game’s fourth run to score.

Iowa added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Freshman righthander Andrew Scheid relieved Korpi with a runner on in the fifth. Scheid’s first appearance with the Irish included allowing a pair of unearned runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings (with one K).

Iowa (2-1) 1-0-3 1-1-2 – 8 10 0
Notre Dame (2-6) 0-0-0 0-0-1 – 1 3 2

Steve Turnbull (W, 1-0), Scott Brune (6) and Ben Geelen.
Wade Korpi (L, 1-2), Andrew Scheid (5), Sam Elam (7) and Ryan Smith.

Doubles: Brayden Ashdown (ND), Jeremy Barnes (ND), Travis Sweet (ND).

Note: Iowa batted in the top of the 7th vs. Sam Elam, with a groundout, walk, caught stealing and strikeout (those stats officially do not count to the season totals).