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Panthers drop doubleheader at home

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa baseball team dropped both games in a doubleheader against Indiana State Saturday afternoon at Riverfront Stadium. The Sycamores took a 13-4 win in game one, and ISU held on for a 5-1 victory in game two.

Deric Manrique stole a pair of bases in game one and swiped another in game two, setting a new UNI record for stolen bases in a career. The senior has 67 in his career with the Panthers, passing the mark of 65 set by Eric Snider in 1986-87.

Grant Grgurich led the Panthers with three hits in game one, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, his second of the season.

Manrique and Travis Bennett each finished with two hits in that game.

Derek Ott (1-3) gave up four earned runs in 5.0 innings to be charged with the loss.

James Dinizo led the Panthers with two hits in game two. Brett Douglas was 1-for-1 with an RBI for UNI. Carlos Pinedo (1-4) surrendered three runs on eight hits through five innings to take the loss for the Panthers.

Ryan Strausborger led off game one with an infield single. He stole second and then scored on a single up the middle by Nick Ciolli. Brady Shoemaker hit a triple into the right field corner to score Ciolli.

Tyler Graham reached on a Panther error, and Shoemaker scored on the play to give ISU a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, Deric Manrique took the first pitch for a double into center. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and he scored on a ground out by Levi Ferguson to cut the UNI deficit to 3-1.

Chad Arp hit a one-out single through the right side in the bottom of the second. Grant Grgurich singled up the middle to put runners on first and second with one out. Manrique hit a ground ball to second, and Grgurich was out on the play. Arp came around to score when ISU shortstop Ben Ferrell threw the ball away trying to turn the double play, making it a 3-2 game.

ISU tacked on another pair of runs in the top of the fourth when Graham hit a two-out double into left center to score a pair of runs, building a 5-2 ISU lead.

ISU used a pair of walks, a hit and a Panther error to stretch its lead to 7-2 in the top of the seventh. The Sycamores tacked on three more runs in the top of the eighth to extend their advantage to 10-2. UNI reliever Lucas O'Rear made his Panther debut in the inning, getting a strike out to end the frame.

Chad Arp drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth, and Grgurich followed with a home run over the left field wall, bringing the score to 10-4.

The Sycamores added three more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, however, and the Panthers were retired in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the contest.

The Panthers collected 11 hits in the game, stranding 10 runners in the contest. UNI left at least one runner in scoring position in each of the first five innings. Indiana State tallied 15 hits and left 12 runners on base.

Indiana State starter Joe Rodriquez held UNI to just four hits through the first eight innings, helping the Sycamores to build a 5-0 lead. ISU scored a pair of runs on a single from Luke Fieser in the top of the third. ISU added another run on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Burnam in the top of the fifth. The Sycamores used back-to-back doubles and a two-out single to score a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

Jeff Taliaferro drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth, and Dinizo doubled off the wall in left to move Taliaferro to third.

Grgurich was hit by a pitch with two outs to load the bases, and Douglas came up with a pinch-hit single into right to score Taliaferro and bring the tying run to the plate. ISU reliever Matt Shelton got Manrique to ground out, however, ending the Panther rally.

UNI collected six hits in the contest, compared to 11 for the Sycamores.

The Panthers stranded nine runners, while ISU left 11 men on base.

The losses drop the Panthers to 12-17 overall and 2-7 in Missouri Valley Conference action. Indiana State improves to 17-10 and 4-3 in league play.

UNI will return to action on Wednesday when they host South Dakota State at 3 p.m.

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