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College Baseball: Iowa drops final game of Tony Gwynn Tournament

This news story was published on February 24, 2020.
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SAN DIEGO – In the University of Iowa’s fourth all-time meeting against San Diego, the Hawkeyes lost 10-5 in their final game of the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament on Sunday at Fowler Park.

“The first half of the game was solid,” head coach Rick Heller said. “We got a great start from Duncan Davitt. We had better at-bats today up-and-down the lineup. We stranded a lot of runners today, and had chances to break it open.”

Iowa jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings via a first-inning solo home run by sophomore Brendan Sher and a two-out RBI-double by redshirt freshman Brayden Frazier. It was Frazier’s first career hit and RBI.

The Toreros would go on to scored four unanswered runs to take a 4-2 lead heading into the seventh inning.

The Hawkeyes tied the game at four in the seventh on senior Zeb Adreon’s two-out RBI-single, scoring Sher and junior Izaya Fullard. Fullard finished the game 3-for-5 with three singles.

Iowa’s bullpen, which gave up nine runs in the game, allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh to give San Diego a 7-4 lead. The Hawkeyes had two runners on with nobody out in the eighth, but a ground ball double play ended any comeback effort.

The Hawkeyes allowed three more runs in the eighth and scored a run of their own in the ninth to ultimately fall 10-5 and drop to 3-3 on the season.

In Duncan Davitt’s second start of the season, the right-hander went four innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Four Iowa relievers pitched the final five innings with sophomore Drew Irvine (0-1) suffering the loss.

San Diego has won six straight games.
The Hawkeyes out-hit the Toreros, 12-10, but left 13 runners on base.
Iowa has hit a home run in three of its last four games.
Fullard has hit safely in four straight games to bring his season average to .300 (6-for-20).
Matthew Sosa, a Whitter, California, native, went 4-for-7 from the plate in two starts at third base in his return to his home state.

Iowa travels north to Minneapolis for the CambriaCollegeClassic from Feb. 28-March 1 where it will face three ranked opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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