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Robert Neustrom


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Tyler Cropley and Robert Neustrom combined for four hits and four RBIs Saturday while leading the University of Iowa baseball team to an 11-3 win over UAB at Regions Field.

Cropley, a former Bishop Heelan athlete, went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Neustrom, a former Sioux City North athlete, was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Iowa (8-1) scored three runs in the third inning. After loading the bases, Neustrom hit an RBI single to left field to plate the game’s first run. Cropley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run, while Brett McCleary’s sacrifice fly accounted for the third run.

Cropley hit an RBI double in the eighth and highlighted the Hawkeyes’ three-run ninth inning with a two-run single.

Winning pitcher Brady Schanuel (2-1) allowed one hit over five shutout innings, walking four while striking out a career-best seven.

NEWMAN 21-2, WAYNE STATE 3-9: Bryce Bisenius was 4-for-4 with two RBIs while leading Wayne State to a 9-2 win over Newman in the second game of a doubleheader contested Saturday at Wichita, Kan.

Kyle Thompson’s two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth inning as Wayne State extended its 3-2 lead. Bisenius contributed an RBI double in the fifth and added an RBI single in the two-run sixth.

Tanner Simons’ three-run home run in the seventh inning highlighted his 2-for-4 effort. Travis Miller tripled and singled, while Thompson singled twice in support of winning pitcher Aaron Ras, who allowed four hits and struck out five in five innings.

Wayne State (1-5) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the opener on Jake Lemar’s solo home run, but Newman in the 21-3 win, connected for two home runs while scoring eight times in the bottom of the second en route to the rout.

WASHINGTON 10-14, BUENA VISTA 0-4: Washington (Mo.) ran its season record to 2-3 and Buena Vista opened its season by losing both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Devin Wagenman had the Beavers’ lone hit in the first game. Losing pitcher Tate Holmes scattered seven hits, walked three and struck out three in 4.1 innings.

Buena Vista snapped a 1-all tie in the second game with three runs in the top of the second inning, a frame that featured consecutive RBI singles from Bryce Rheault and Nick Henrichs. Washington responded with four runs in the bottom of the second and blew the game open with eight runs in the fourth.

Henrichs was 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Coleman Roberts was 2-for-3. Losing pitcher Gage Smart allowed eight earned runs, five hits and four walks in three innings.

Late Friday

PERU STATE 5-18, DORDT 4-2: Peru State scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning in Friday’s first game and stretched a 2-1 lead with three runs in the third inning of the second game en route to completing the sweep at Peru, Neb.

Dordt, in the first game, rallied from a 2-1 deficit to score three runs in the fourth inning, a frame that included Zach Fowler’s solo home run. The Defenders also took advantage of two Peru State errors, but the Bobcats tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, then saw Jordyn Kelly score the game-winning run in the sixth off reliever and losing pitcher Logan Pierro on a wild pitch.

Taylor Neuroth had both of Dordt’s hits in the second game, including an RBI double in the seventh inning.


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