The Husker baseball team went looking for a win on the Big 10 road Friday and hit a dead end with a 2-1 loss to Iowa.
The Hawkeyes scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 comeback win.
The loss spoiled a stellar outing from senior starter Christian DeLeon, who delivered 8.0 shutout innings. DeLeon put together one of the best outings of his career, allowing six hits and no walks, while striking out four.
DeLeon set the Hawkeyes down in order four times on the day and allowed just two hits over his finale 5 innings of work.
Closer Josh Roeder took the hill in the bottom of the ninth looking for his fourth save of the season. Facing the middle of Iowa’s lineup, Roeder got off to a good start with a fly ball out off the bat of Jake Yacinich. The tying run then reached when Mark Peyton drew UI’s first walk of the game and was replaced on the base paths by pinch runner Nick Roscetti.
Taylor Zeutenhorst continued the rally with a base hit that moved Roscetti to third and Roeder still had a shot to end the game with a double play, but pinch hitter Taylor Kaufman came through with an RBI single that tied the game, 1-1.
After a wild pitch put the winning run at third base, the Huskers loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Kris Goodman to setup a double play. The Hawkeyes wouldn’t be denied though, as Trevor Kenyon drop a walk-off single into left field on an 0-2 pitch to win the game.