The midweek streak has ended.
The Iowa baseball team couldn’t fight off Bradley down the stretch despite holding a three-run lead late, as the Braves rallied for two in the seventh and three in the eighth for a 6-4 win Wednesday night in Peoria, Ill.
The loss snapped Iowa's 19-game run of successful midweek games that had stretched back to April 14, 2015. The Hawkeyes fell to — who else? — Bradley on the road.
Following six strong innings from Drake Robison and Sammy Lizarraga — and enough offense to give Iowa (22-13) a 4-1 lead — the wheels began to fall off for the Hawkeyes in the seventh. Bradley’s Andrew Ivelia launched a two-run homer off Grant Judkins, who lasted just four batters and recorded only one out. The Braves (16-18) then took the lead off Nick Nelsen in the eighth, using a single, a sacrifice bunt turned run-scoring throwing error and an RBI single from Andy Shadid to pull ahead 5-4. Bradley added an insurance run.
The Hawkeyes will look to rebound at home this weekend versus Rutgers. Iowa is 5-4 thus far in Big Ten Conference play.
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.