A handful of Hawkeyes made a name for themselves with standout performances.
In just one season at Iowa in 2017, power-hitting first baseman Jake Adams raised the bar and set the standard for what it means to play in the Black & Gold. He hit 29 home runs — to lead the nation and set a new Iowa and Big Ten single-season record — along with a .335 batting average, a school record .747 slugging percentage, and 72 RBIs to help lead the Hawkeyes to a 39-22 record and an NCAA Regional.
Adams’, a JUCCO product from Brandon, South Dakota, unprecedented numbers earned himself Big Ten Player of the Year, All-America, and All-Conference recognition. He was Iowa’s first Big Ten Player of the Year since 1992, a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honoree and was named an All-American by seven different publications. Adams was a sixth-round MLB Draft Pick by the Houston Astros in 2017.
"They have really matured me as a baseball player and got me to this level where I am at now. If not for them, I do not know if I would be here."Jake Adams on Iowa coaching staff two years after being drafted.