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Mason McCoy's walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning completed a five-run rally, as Iowa fought back from a 4-0 ninth-inning deficit to defeat fourth-seeded Ohio State, 5-4, in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

The win keeps the Hawkeyes in the winner's bracket, where it will face either Maryland on Saturday morning -- weather permitting.  It was Rick Heller's 100th career victory as Iowa’s head coach.

 

"I couldn't be prouder of the guys," said Heller, whose team improved to 2-23 when trailing after eight innings. "It's kind of the story of the season. A lot of times we had the opportunity to give up and assume it was over. It goes to show you what you can do if you never give up.

 Iowa was down to its final three outs when Ohio State went to its bullpen after starter John Havird stifled the Hawkeyes for eight innings, scattering two hits and fanning four in an efficient 95-pitch outing.

 

Senior Tyler Peyton started the inning with a single to centerfield -- just the third Hawkeye hit of the day -- against reliever Seth Kinker.  Seniors Nick Roscetti and Joel Booker followed with first-pitch hits to load the bases before junior Mason McCoy plated Iowa's first run with a fourth-straight single.

 

Ohio State summoned its closer, Yianni Pavlopoulos, and junior Devin Pickett stepped to the plate with the game in the balance.  The outfielder produced, fisting an RBI single to left center field to tie the game at four. It was Pickett's first career RBI.

 

"I am proud of Devin," said Heller. "He hasn't had a chance to play much this year. It's another example of instead of complaining and whining he became the best teammate he could be and helped this team every opportunity he had any way he could.

 

 

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