Iowa drops first game of the year against Kansas State

The Iowa baseball team lost 5-4 to Kansas State in their season opener Friday at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Kansas State scored one run in the fifth and sixth inning before Iowa scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kansas State scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Hawkeyes attempted a comeback with two runs in their half of the eighth, but fell short.

Iowa (0-1) was held to three hits, the highlight being Nick Day's double in the bottom of the ninth. Jake Mangler was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Joel Booker finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

Tyler Peyton started on the mound for Iowa and went five innings. Peyton allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out six. Connor Grant was first out of the bullpen, allowing three runs on two hits in two innings. Jared Mandel faced just one batter in the eighth without recording an out, and Nick Hibbing pitched the final two innings.

Starter Nate Griep allowed two runs on two hits while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings for Kansas State (1-0).

Iowa returns to action at 9:30 a.m. Saturday against Saint Louis.