It’s been a while since I’ve given you guys an update on the Iowa Baseball team. Well, these guys deserve one because they continue to play great baseball. And it starts with balance.
Day-in-and-day-out it seems like a new Hawkeye is stepping up and making big plays happen for the Hawkeyes. When I last reported, Iowa was 9-4 and riding a three game losing streak. Since dropping three games in Manhattan to the Kansas State Wildcats, the Hawkeyes are 5-2 with one game being cancelled.
Two weekends ago they were down in Port Charlotte, Florida for another Snowbird. Iowa left Florida with a 3-1 record and scored 40 runs over the course of the weekend. Iowa took down Georgetown on Saturday by a score of 13-1, Tyler Peyton and Taylor Zeutenhorst led the charge offensively as they both recorded 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Calvin Matthews was once again sensational on the mound; he tossed 8 innings, gave up 3 hits, and had 9 strikeouts.
Saturday, the Hawkeyes split two games against Saint Josephs and Georgetown. They took down St. Joe by a score of 9-7; Jake Mangler led the way for the Hawkeyes with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI’s, however the Hawkeyes would then lose to Georgetown 10-1 in five innings.
Iowa was scorching hot on Sunday against Otterbein, they tallied 17 runs – 10 in one inning – on their way to a 17-5 victory. Zeutenhorst was again outstanding with 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Sasha Keubel was tossing nasty stuff on the mound; he went 7 innings, gave up 6 hits, and 3 earned runs.
Iowa’s home opener that would’ve taken place last Wednesday against Mount Mercy, was cancelled due to the field conditions.
This past weekend, the groundskeepers were able to get the field in good enough shape for Iowa’s opening Big Ten series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Iowa took game one on a game winning RBI single to left field by senior Trevor Kenyon. Matthews was once again phenomenal; he went 8 innings, gave up six hits, and 1 earned run. Iowa lost game two by a score of 5-1, Dan Potempa paced the Hawkeyes with 3 hits in 4 trips.
Sunday rolled along and the Hawkeyes were looking for the series win. Well, they’d get it behind the sticks of Mangler and Potempa. The pair combined for six hits and five RBI’s in Iowa’s 8-4 win.
Iowa’s next game will be on Wednesday when they welcome in the Bradley Braves. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. CT.