More strong starting pitching and some long-ball action propelled Iowa to its first win this season.
C.J. Eldred tossed six quality innings, and the Hawkeyes picked up homers from Mason McCoy, Jake Adams and Kyle Crowl en route to Saturday’s 4-2 win over South Florida. A 2-hour, 41-minute rain delay ensued after the sixth inning, leading to a marathon day in Tampa.
Tied, 2-2, entering the ninth, Crowl launched a one-out, two-run homer after Chris Whelan opened the frame with a double. The go-ahead long ball was the Iowa freshman’s first collegiate hit.
Just before the torrential downpour, McCoy and Adams connected for solo homers in a span of three batters to give the Hawkeyes (1-1) a 2-1 advantage and provide Eldred with some offensive support. Eldred yielded just three hits and one run, while striking out four without walking a hitter.
Sophomore Shane Ritter gets the start in Sunday’s 11 a.m. rubber match.
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