LUBBOCK, Texas – – Junior Mike McQuillan registered a walk-off RBI single to right field with two outs to give the Iowa baseball team a thrilling 10-9 victory, in 10 innings, over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon.|LUBBOCK, Texas – – Junior Mike McQuillan registered a walk-off RBI single to right field with two outs to give the Iowa baseball team a thrilling 10-9 victory, in 10 innings, over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon. The game was played at Dan Law Field on the campus of Texas Tech. Today marked Iowa’s second walk-off winner in as many weeks; the Hawkeyes beat Georgia State 3-2 on a walk-off single on March 6.
“This was a great win, especially the way in which we won” said Iowa Head Coach Jack Dahm. “We had a tremendous team effort. Our execution of offense was outstanding all day long. We came up with clutch hits and did what we needed to do with sac bunts and flies to advance runners. Our goal today was to have an unselfish approach at the plate and we did that.”
Kurt Lee, Andrew Ewing, Tyson Blaser, Zach McCool and McQuillan sparked the Hawkeyes offensively today. McQuillan had two singles, including the game winner and a run scored. McCool scored a run and tied the single-game school record with two sacrifice flies. McCool becomes the first Hawkeye to register two sacrifice flies in a game since Kevin Hoef accomplished the feat at Purdue in 2009. Blaser collected a single, double and two walks, while scoring three runs. Ewing went 3-for-5, with three RBI and a run scored. Lee scored twice and ripped a game-tying RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth.
For the second straight day Iowa scored first, plating three runs in the bottom of the second. The inning featured a Ewing RBI single, a Phil Keppler safety squeeze up the first baseline and a score on a pass ball.
Texas A&M-CC (11-6) answered with four runs in the top of the third inning to grab a one-run lead. The first six batters reached base via five singles and a walk, en route to the four-run inning.
The Hawkeyes reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third on runs score by Lee and Blaser. Lee crossed home plate on a throwing error by the catcher, while Blaser scored on a Zach McCool sacrifice fly.
The Islanders tied the game in the fourth on an RBI triple and then took the lead in the fifth inning with an RBI single and double, and a sacrifice fly to claim an 8-5 advantage.
Iowa (5-7) chipped away at the deficit in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a pair of runs on McCool’s second sacrifice fly and a Ewing RBI groundout.
Texas A&M-CC got a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but Iowa answered with Ewing’s third RBI on a single to center to make the score 9-8.
The Hawkeyes were able to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out RBI triple to left center by Lee, allowing pinch-runner Patrick Harshman to cross home plate for the tying score.
Hawkeye starter Matt Dermody got a no-decision, throwing four innings, yielding five runs on eight hits, while striking out two. The bullpen featured appearances by Zach Kenyon, Jeff Pacha, Patrick Lala and Kevin Lee. Lee earned his first victory of the season after retiring all five batters faced in the ninth and tenth innings.
Iowa concludes play in the Texas Tech Invitational tomorrow when it faces Texas A&M-CC at Noon.
Texas A&M-CC (11-6) 004 130 100 0 — 9 14 3
Iowa (5-7) 032 020 110 1 — 10 8 1
WP ñ Lee (1-1)
LP ñ Boyle (0-1)