After dropping the first game of the series to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Iowa Hawkeyes clawed their way back to win their first series against the Gophers since 2006.
Iowa lost game one on Friday by a score of 4-3. Starter Calvin Mathews went 7 innings, gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs. Nick Hibbing took the loss for the Hawkeyes in this one, he came on to replace Mathews and gave up 1 run, which was unearned.
Eric Toole and Kris Goodman paced the way offensively, the duo had 2 hits a piece while Taylor Zeutenhorst drove in 2 runs for the Hawkeyes.
Saturday brought around what looked like a different Hawkeye team. Minnesota fired the opening salvo as they scored the first 5 runs of the game, but Iowa wasn’t going to go away quietly. The Hawkeyes rattled off the next 11 runs to win the game 11-5. While a lot of Hawkeyes had a hand in this one, Jimmy Frankos definitely made his presence felt with 4 hits in 5 trips and 2 RBI’s. Jake Mangler, who didn’t have a hit, managed 3 RBI’s to help his team out. Sasha Keubel got his 5th victory of the year. He went 7 innings, gave up 10 hits, and 5 earned runs.
Iowa was looking for the series win when Sunday rolled around and they got it. A 7-6 win gave the Hawkeyes their second straight series win. The seventh inning was really the key inning for the Hawkeyes, they punched across 6 runs in the inning. Dan Potempa led the Hawkeyes in this one, he was 2-5 at the dish and drove in 4 during the contest. Nick Hibbing got his first victory of the year in a relief effort, he went 2.1 innings, gave up 4 hits, and 3 earned runs.
Iowa now sits at 22-15 and 7-8 in the conference. Considering Iowa had 22 wins all of last year, this is definitely a step up and I think the key is the head man, Rick Heller. It seems as though he’s brought about a swagger that last years team lacked.
Iowa takes on Creighton on Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska in a mid-week contest. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.