It took 11 innings, but the Iowa baseball team won its elimination game over the Oregon Ducks 2-1
By Ian Murphy
It took an hour longer than a nine-inning game, but the Iowa baseball team’s season will be at least a few hours longer.
The Hawkeyes Knocked out the Oregon Ducks 2-1 for the second time in three days Sunday to survive an elimination game and secure a rematch with the Missouri State Bears at 7:05 p.m. CT.
A single in the top of the eleventh by junior Daniel Aaron Moriel scored fellow junior Nick Roscetti to give the Hawkeyes the decisive run,
“He’s been big for us down the stretch,” Iowa head coach Rick Heller said of Moriel. “He’s been hot off the bat and doing a nice job defensively.”
Senior Nick Hibbing retired three Oregon batters in a row to close out the victory, but entered in a much tougher situation.
With the bases loaded, no one out, and the game tied at one in the ninth inning, Heller turned to Hibbing and gave him a play call much given than executed.
“At this point you’re either going to get it done or you aren’t,” Heller said. “Nick [Hibbing] did exactly what I told him, ‘strike the guy out and get a double play.”
Hibbing delivered on Heller’s directive, aided by the addition of senior Kris Goodman acting as a fifth infielder in the gray area between the second baseman and shortstop, and struck out Oregon’s Brandon Cuddy, then got pinch hitter J.B. Bryant to ground into a double play to end the jam.
The game may not have needed extras, as Iowa appeared to score on a botched double play by Oregon, only to have Goodman, who was forced out at second, called for interference.
But the controversial call has been forgotten already, as the Hawkeyes now have another date with the Bears, who relegated the Hawkeyes to the losers bracket with a 5-3 decision yesterday.
And to hear junior Calvin Matthews tell it, the other Hawkeyes in the dugout are more than ready for the rematch.
“The crowd was crazy last night,” Matthews said. “I know all the players will want to get out there again.”