Iowa doubles up on top-seeded Houston

HOUSTON — Mitchell Boe, Iowa’s No. 9 hitter, had a pair of run-scoring hits and the Hawkeyes knocked off top-seeded Houston 6-3 in the first round of the Houston Regional on Friday night.

Robert Neustrom broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the fifth for the No. 4 seed Hawkeyes (39-20), who will play Texas A&M tonight. The Cougars (40-20) will face Baylor in an elimination game between former Southwest Conference foes.

Boe’s RBI double put Iowa up 2-0 in the fourth, and his single made it 5-3 in the eighth. Ben Norman, the No. 8 hitter, went 3 for 3 and scored three runs.

Ryan Erickson (4-3) gave up three runs — two earned — in five innings for the Big Ten Tournament champions. Josh Martsching struck out four over the final 2 2/3 innings for his eighth save.

Houston ace Trey Cumbie (10-2) allowed a season-high 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals

At Reckling Park, Houston

Friday, June 2

Texas A&M 8, Baylor 5

Iowa 6, Houston 3

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Baylor (34-22) vs. Houston (40-20), 2 p.m.

Game 4 — Texas A&M (37-21) vs. Iowa (39-20), 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.