Iowa baseball drops season opener at Dallas Baptist staff report

DALLAS — The Iowa baseball team was hit with the loss in its 2016 season opener against Dallas Baptist at Horner Park on Friday.

The Patriots defeated the Hawkeyes, 5-1, thanks in part to a four-run seventh inning.

Dallas Baptist scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when David Martinelli sent one to right field for the sac fly, driving in Connor Hall. Iowa went scoreless until the seventh as Daniel Moriel belted the pitch over the left-field wall for a solo home run.

And then, trouble brewed.

The Hawkeyes made a costly throwing error in the bottom of the frame when Hall laid a bunt down as the runner advanced home. Then, the Patriots used a string of two-out singles to plate their third and fourth run, and Iowa was unable to put anything together the rest of the way. No runs allowed by the Hawkeyes were earned.

Starting pitcher Tyler Peyton (0-1) suffered the loss, tossing 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs. He struck out six batters and walked just one. Offensively, the Hawkeyes managed to string together just three hits in nine innings.

Iowa (0-1) and Dallas Baptist (1-0) play again Saturday at 1 p.m.