The Iowa baseball team wasn’t able to recreate the magic it mustered up in its 6-3 win over Houston on Friday night, falling to Texas A&M 3-2.
The Hawkeyes got on the board early, with Mitchell Boe sending Matt Hoeg home on a single in the second inning.
Iowa wouldn’t enjoy its 1-0 lead very long.
With two men on in the fourth, Texas A&M’s Cole Bedford would take Iowa pitcher Nick Gallagher’s only bad toss of the day out of the park. 1-0 became 3-1, and that was enough.
Jake Adams would go on to hit a single run homer the next inning—giving him the lead for most dingers in the nation with 28. No one else could make anything happen.
Iowa made it interesting in the ninth inning, though.
At the top of nine Grant Judkins walked, then Mitchell Boe singled to advance a pinch runner to third. Boe then stole second to put two on for Big Ten Tournament MVP Chris Whelan.
Whelan would fly out to end the game.
The game ball goes to Aggie pitcher Corbin Martin. He absolutely dealt, going 7 innings with 9 strikeouts. He gave up 8 hits, but the A&M defense did enough to keep the scoring down.
Iowa pitcher Nick Gallagher had himself a game as well, with his only bad pitch going to Bedford. He went 5.1 innings with 4 strikeouts, while Zach Daniels allowed just one hit in relief duty. One bad pitch cost Iowa the game. That’s baseball, as some might say.
Iowa now has to play a doubleheader Sunday if it wants to make it to the super regional. The Hawkeyes take on Houston at 3pm, the winner going on to play A&M to keep its head above water.
This has been one heck of a baseball season, and we’re not ready for it to end.