Robert Neustrom


EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Iowa baseball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a 10-7 victory over Northwestern in Sunday's series finale at Rocky Miller Park.

The victory is Iowa's 29th of the season, moving the Hawkeyes record to 29-18 overall, 10-9 in Big Ten play.

Iowa manufactured runs early, using a two-out rally in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. After Matt Hoeg walked and stole second, sophomore Ben Norman hit an RBI single down the left field line to give Iowa the 1-0 advantage. The Hawkeyes made it 2-0 when Norman scored on a throwing error by Wildcat catcher Jack Claeys.

After Northwestern put up a three spot in the third to take a 3-2 lead, the Hawkeyes scored two in the fourth, one in the sixth, and three in the seventh to build a 8-3 lead.

Junior Mitchell Boe delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to knock in the tying run, before Iowa regained the lead on Kyle Crowl's RBI single to centerfield.

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 Norman singled to start the sixth and junior Chris Whelan followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners. Crowl delivered an RBI ground out, putting Iowa up 5-3.

The Hawkeyes broke the game away in the seventh. Junior Robert Neustrom hit a solo home run to right field to lead off the inning before Jenkins singled and Hoeg doubled to put two on. Norman made the score 8-3 with a two-run double to left field.

After the Wildcats got one run back in the bottom half, Iowa pushed its lead to 10-4 with a two-run eighth. Neustrom drew a walk before Hoeg connected on a two-run home run to extend the Hawkeyes' advantage.

Northwestern made things interesting in the ninth, putting up a three spot, courtesy of a three-run Claeys home run. mered to right field to bring the Wildcats within three runs. Junior Zach Daniels got the final out to tally his fifth save of the season.

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