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Iowa baseball splits doubleheader with Nebraska

Nick Allgeyer got the win for Iowa in game one of Friday’s doubleheader at Nebraska. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Nick Allgeyer got the win for Iowa in game one of Friday’s doubleheader at Nebraska. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Starting pitching dominated both games of Friday’s Big Ten baseball doubleheader between Iowa and Nebraska.

Iowa starter Nick Allgeyer ruled in game one, while Nebraska starter Matt Waldron was sharp in game two as the Hawkeyes and Huskers split the first two games of their three-game series Friday at Haymarket Park.

Behind Allgeyer’s strong start, Iowa won game one 7-1. Waldron kept the Hawkeye bats in check in game two as Nebraska split the twin-bill 10-4.

Allgeyer had a couple shaky moments in the first inning of game one, but then settled in nicely. He scattered three hits over the final six innings while striking out four and walking four to earn the win, needing only 82 pitches to complete a solid night’s work.

Allgeyer allowed only one unearned run — which came in the first.

Allgeyer and Iowa (21-11, 6-4) pitching coach Desi Druschel picked up on a couple of tendencies Nebraska (16-17, 3-7) showed.

“The main thing that was working well for me was getting inside on those hitters,” Allgeyer said. “That’s one thing we saw on video is we wanted to pound them inside with the fastball, getting the secondary stuff over.”

Allgeyer continued to set the tone for the weekend for the Hawkeyes.

“That was just exactly what we needed to start off the series right,” Iowa Coach Rick Heller said. “He’s one of the better guys in the league.”

Iowa’s lower part of the order delivered the big moments at the plate in game one.

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Justin Jenkins, Ben Norman and Mitchell Boe combined to go 6-for-12 with four driven in and four runs from the last three positions in Heller’s lineup. Kyle Crowl reached twice and scored twice from the six spot.

The lower part of the lineup helped Iowa score a run in the second, two in the fourth and two of three runs in the eighth, then one more in the ninth.

“That was the story for us offensively. They did an awesome job,” Heller said. “The guys in the middle struggled a little bit and they picked us up.”

In game two, Waldron had the Iowa bats under control through much of the first seven innings, especially from the fourth inning on.

Waldron scattered three hits, struck out four and walked none in seven strong innings.

Waldron retired 12 in a row after Tyler Cropley ripped a two-run home run in the fourth that brought Iowa within 4-3.

“He was dialed in,” Heller said. “He was locating, changing speeds, hitting his spots on both sides of the plate. We didn’t do much with him.”

Iowa’s first run came on a one-out solo home run from Neustrom in the first.

Nebraska’s Angelo Altavilla struggled to find much pop in his first 28 games this season, garnering only two extra-base hits and no home runs.

In game two, Altavilla found his power, ripping his first two home runs of the season and driving in three.

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Altavilla’s second home run in the fifth gave Nebraska a 5-3 lead and the Huskers rolled from there. Nebraska added four in the seventh on three hits, then a run on three walks and a groundout in the eighth.

Brady Schanuel pitched three-plus innings and took the loss for Iowa.

Game three of the series is set for Sunday with first pitch at 1:02 p.m. in Lincoln. Cole McDonald will start for Iowa, while Matt Warren will start for Nebraska.

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