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The University of Iowa baseball team rallied late, but fell to Northwestern, 7-6, in extra innings on Friday night at Rocky Miller Park.

The Hawkeyes fought back from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning. Junior Robert Neustrom led off a single to centerfield before senior Austin Guzzo followed with a two-out single to put runners on the corners.

After pinch runner Kace Massner moved into scoring position on catcher's indifference, sophomore Justin Jenkins tied the game with a two-run single, making the score 5-5 to send the game into extras.

The Hawkeyes took the lead in the 10th.  Junior Chris Whelan singled to start the frame before moving into scoring position on a Grant Judkins sacrifice bunt.  Senior Matt Hoeg gave Iowa a 6-5 lead with an RBI to right field, but Iowa missed a chance for more when Ben Norman struck out to leave the bases loaded.

Northwestern rallied in the bottom of the 10th against reliever Grant Leonard, using a one-out walk and single to put the game-winning run on base.  With two outs, the Wildcats' Jack Dunn delivered a two-run single up the middle to give Northwestern the walk-off 7-6 victory.

Iowa struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second.  Hoeg singled and moved to second on a passed ball before scoring on a Kyle Crowl RBI single.  Northwestern tied the game in the fifth, scoring on a Hawkeye fielding error and Northwestern took the 2-1 lead in the sixth on Jack Claeys' solo home run to left field.

The Hawkeyes fought back to take a 3-2 lead with a two-run seventh, getting RBIs from Crowl and Lorenzo Elion, but Northwestern answered right back, tying the game at three on a Ben Dickey solo blast to left field.

The Wildcats took 5-3 lead in the eighth against Iowa reliever Zach Daniels.  A walk and single put two runners on before Daniels' intentionally walked Dickey to load the bases.  Northwestern took the lead on a wild pitch and added a second run on a balk.

Redshirt junior Nick Allgeyer went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs off six hits, while striking out four. Leonard (1-1) suffered the loss, while Northwestern's Sam Lawrence (1-0) recorded his first victory of the season.

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