March 15, 2006
By Jeff Honza
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Travis Sweet hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the University of Iowa (6-5) a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Southern Illinois (13-6) earlier today at Wolff Stadium.
With a runner on and two out in the ninth, Sweet doubled to the right center gap to end a four-game losing streak for the Hawkeyes.
SIU built a 3-1 lead behind right-hander Jordan Powell, who had his best start of the season. However, three errors let the game slip away.
Iowa had runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh, before a costly throwing error by Saluki catcher Hunter Harrigan plated a pair of unearned runs, as Iowa tied the game at 3-3.
SIU left two runners on base in the ninth and Saluki reliever Danny Wells posted back-to-back strikeouts before Hoef singled and scored the winning run on Sweet's double.
Wells (0-1) struck out three in 1.2 inning before suffering his first loss of the season.
Iowa closer Tim Gudex, who faced three batters in the ninth, moved to 2-0 on the year.
Powell scattered seven hits, struck out four and allowed three runs in seven innings. He also limited the Hawkeyes to just three hits in the first six frames of his no-decision.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jason White reached on a bunt single and eventually scored on an error.
SIU answered with three runs in the third to take a 3-1 advantage. The Dawgs opened the inning with four-straight hits off Hawkeye starter Wes Freie. Scott Elmendorf delivered a two-RBI single and Dean Cademartori knocked in the other run on an infield hit.
SIU plays Iowa again at 4 p.m., tomorrow.