The Iowa baseball team lost to top-seeded and eighth-ranked Indiana 5-2 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
The Hoosiers broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fourth to advance to the second round.
The Hawkeyes will play the winner the Minnesota vs. Michigan game in a consolation round game at 1 p.m. today.
“We came out and competed hard, but we knew we were going to have to play a clean game to beat Indiana and catch a break or two,” Iowa Rick Heller said. “We feel like with the three (Indiana) errors we were given a chance if we played great, but we just didn’t pitch well enough to get it done.”
Iowa struck first, scoring the game’s first run in the top of the first inning. Eric Toole led off the game with a single, advanced two bases on an errant pickoff throw by Indiana pitcher Joey DeNato, and scored on an RBI groundout by Jake Mangler.
Indiana scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning of Iowa starter Sasha Kuebel, but the Hawkeyes tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth.
Tyler Peyton led off with a single, Jake Yacinich reached on a second DeNato error, and Dan Potempa followed with an RBI single.
DeNato closed the door on the inning, getting a strikeout and ground out, and Yacinich was caught stealing for just the fourth time in 28 chances this season.
“DeNato was tough (over his final four innings) and settled in,” Heller said. “He got us to chase the slider, which was what we tried not to do, and he was tough on our left-handers.”
Peyton finished 2-for-4 with a run, and Potempa was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kuebel (6-5) allowed seven hits with three earned runs, two walks and one strikeout over four innings.
Iowa is 29-22, while Indiana is 39-13.
“There is no time to cry about it,” Heller said. “We don’t have any time to worry about it. We’ll bounce back; I am not worried about that. Our guys will go out and give a great effort tomorrow… that’s all we can do.”