Michigan loses to Iowa, but gets rematch in Big Ten baseball tournament
Omaha, Neb. — Kyle Huckstorf had a two-run triple and an RBI single, Connor Shultz struck out the side in the eighth to end a Michigan threat and No. 3 seed Iowa beat the fifth-seeded Wolverines, 7-3, in the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday night.
It was Michigan's first loss in the double-elimination tournament, setting up a rematch with Iowa on Sunday at 2. The winner will play No 2 seed Rutgers for the championship later Sunday.
Keaton Anthony drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fifth inning to give the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead. Huckstorf drove in a pair with his triple in the sixth to make it 3-0,
Michigan (30-26) answered with two runs in its half of the sixth on a two-run single by Jordon Rogers to get within a run.
Iowa scored four times in the seventh to take a 7-2 lead. Sam Petersen drove in two with a single and Cade Moss and Huckstorf added RBI base hits.
Jimmy Obertop homered off Hawkeyes reliever Ben Beufel leading off the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-3. A walk to Tito Flores and a bunt single by Riley Bertram spelled the end for Beufel. Connor Schultz came in and struck out Ted Burton, Rogers and Jake Marti to end the threat.
Schultz yielded a lead-off double to Joe Stewart in the ninth but stranded him at third base for his first save. Starter Cam Baumann allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five in his first decision of the season.
Chase Allen (7-2) took the loss for the Wolverines.