Hawkeyes Snap Wolverines' 20-Game Winning Streak

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa baseball team got a dominant outing from junior Nick Allgeyer to post a 4-2 victory over seventh-ranked Michigan, snapping the Wolverines' 20-game winning streak in front of a season-high 1,632 fans Friday night at Duane Banks Field.

Allgeyer (5-3) went seven strong innings to earn his fifth victory and notch his 10th straight quality start. The southpaw scattered five hits, allowed one earned run, and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts.    

“It was good to get back out there with warm weather,” said Allgeyer. “The fans were awesome today and they gave everyone a lot of energy. There was a little extra motivation with their 20-game win streak, but I just tried to not get too hyped up and at the end of the day you just have to get the job done.”

Iowa's offense got going in the third inning when senior Matt Hoeg reached off a fielding error by Michigan third baseman Blake Nelson before advancing to second off a wild pitch. After a Chris Whelan fly out to right field moved Chris Whelan to third, junior Tanner Wetrich laced a first-pitch single to center field, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.  

The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to 4-0 lead with a three-run third inning.  Sophomore Lorenzo Elion started with a one-out single to left field before scoring on a double from sophomore Kyle Crowl. Hoeg followed with an RBI triple to center field to make the score 3-0 and junior Mitchell Boe's RBI single stretched the lead to 4-0.   

Michigan put two runs on the board, one in the fifth, off a two-out RBI single from Christian Bullock and another in the eighth on a Jesse Franklin sacrifice fly.  Iowa reliever Zach Daniels retired the Wolverines in order in the ninth for his fourth save.

Tommy Henry (7-1) suffered the loss on the mound for the Wolverines. The sophomore allowed four runs off seven hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched for his shortest outing this season.

QUOTING HEAD COACH RICK HELLER

“I liked our at-bats, I thought we had good approach against Henry and had a good feel for how he was going to try and pitch us. Our guys didn’t try to do too much and they did a good job of going the other way, especially with the direction of the wind. I am really happy with our approach offensively. It was a tremendous environment with our fans and I’m looking forward to the next two days.”

OF NOTE…

  • Iowa's victory ended Michigan's 20-game winning streak that dated back to March 16.  The streak was the second longest in the nation.
  • The Hawkeyes out-hit Michigan, 8-7, with Tanner Wetrich and Matt Hoeg posting multi-hit games.  Wetrich finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, Hoeg was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
  • The victory is Iowa's fifth over a ranked foe this season.  
  • The Hawkeyes improve to 14-3 at Duane Banks Field. UP NEXT Game two of the series will begin at 2:05 p.m. (CT) Saturday at Banks Field.  Junior Brady Schanuel will take the hill for the Hawkeyes. FOLLOWING THE HAWKEYES Stay up-to-date on all the happenings with the Iowa baseball program on social media via Twitter (@UIBaseball), Instagram/UIBaseball, and Facebook/IowaBaseball.

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