COLLEGE PARK, Md. –The 15th-ranked Iowa baseball team avenged its first Big Ten Conference loss from Friday with a 3-1 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes (22-9, 7-1 Big Ten) struck first in the top of the fourth inning as Daniel Aaron Moriel drove in Jake Mangler on a sacrifice fly to right field.
With the bases juiced in the seventh, Mangler worked the count to 2-2 and laced a RBI single past the shortstop, scoring Kris Goodman. Mangler led Iowa at the plate going 3-4 with a double and two singles.
Maryland (24-9, 8-3) answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single of their own from Anthony Papio. But the Hawkeyes added an insurance run in the ninth as Tyler Peyton belted a sac fly to center field and Nick Roscetti scored.
Iowa's starter Blake Hickman (4-1) threw 6.2 innings and earned the win, scattering three hits and striking out three batters. Maryland starter Tayler Stiles (2-1) was struck with the loss, throwing six complete while giving up two earned runs.
The deciding third game of the series is scheduled for 11 a.m.