Iowa to Compete Against Rutgers and Stetson

March 10, 2008

SERIES INFORMATION: The Hawkeyes will be traveling to DeLand, FL to compete against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers and the Hatters of Stetson.

HAWKEYES THIS WEEK: The Hawkeyes will take on the Rutger Scarlet Knights first in a three-game series in DeLand, FL.

The Scarlet Knights have a record of 3-6 after going 1-2 against No. 21 Texas A&M last weekend. The series between the two schools is tied, 1-1.

Iowa will get Monday off and then take on Stetson in two games at Conrad Park, March 18-19. The Hatters’ record is 7-6 and 5-2 at home. Under Coach Jack Dahm, Iowa is 1-0 against the Hatters. However, Stetson leads the series between the schools, 4-1.

vs. Rutgers (DH) , Noon, Sat.
vs. Rutgers, Noon, Sun.
at Stetson, 6pm, Tues.
at Stetson, 6pm, Wed.

HAWKEYES ON THE NET: Iowa baseball fans can follow the Hawkeyes this week, as live stats will be available on Just click on the Gametracker link found on both the front page and the baseball schedule page.

SCOUTING RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights have a record of 3-6 after going 1-2 against No. 21 Texas A&M last weekend. Rutgers is led by DH Jon Gossard who leads the team in RBI with nine, infielder Tom Edwards who leads the team with 11 hits and power hitting first basemen Jaren Matthews who has two home runs on the year.

SCOUTING STETSON: The Hatters’ record is 7-6 and 5-2 at home. The dangerous Stetson offense is hitting .305 as a team and has 36 doubles on the year, 12 home runs and 82 RBI. Leading the Hatters is Jeremy Cruz, who is hitting .519 with two triples, four home runs and 20 RBI.

HOT HITTING: Junior Justin Toole had a hot bat last weekend, going 5-for-11 (.455) with a weekend-high four RBIs.

Senior Caleb Curry also continued to swing the bat well for the Hawkeyes. Curry hit 3-for-9 (.333) against Missouri State and had two RBIs.

Freshman Trevor Willis swung with authority in his first game as a Hawkeye last weekend. He went 2-for-3 with a double.

HAWKEYE BULLPEN KEEPS MISSOURI STATE BEARS AT BAY:In last weekend’s series with Missouri State, ten Hawkeye bullpen pitchers threw 13.1 innings and only allowed three earned runs on 14 hits and struck out eight.

CHASING THE RECORD BOOK: After being hit by two pitches in the series against Missouri State, junior Kevin Hoef, who is the Iowa all-time leader of career hit-by-pitches with 35, has six on the year.

The next record in sight for the junior is Iowa’s single-season record held by Kris Welker with 17.

MISSOURI STATE SUMMARY:Iowa was swept by the Missouri State Bears last weekend in Springfield, MO.

Iowa lost to the Bears Saturday, 6-3. Iowa’s bullpen threw well in the loss and the Hawkeyes chipped away at the Bears lead throughout the game.

In the Iowa loss, the Hawkeyes’ defense played well and had no errors. The Black and Gold were led by Matt Mossey who was 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI. Tyson Blaser went 2-for-4 and Kurtis Mueller went 1-for-3 for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes dropped the first game of the Sunday doubleheader to the Missouri State at Hammons Field, 8-3.

Kevin Hoef led the Hawkeyes going 2-for-3, scoring all three runs. Justin Toole and Kyle Riffel both went 1-for-2 for the Black and Gold.

Iowa lost the second game of Sunday’s double header to Missouri State, 12-5.

For the Hawkeyes, Hoef continued to hit well, going 1-for-3 and scoring two Iowa runs. Freshman Trevor Willis swung the bat well for Iowa, going 2-for-3. Additionally, Toole was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

The Iowa bullpen featured five Hawkeyes, and in five and two-third innings they only allowed two runs on eight hits.

TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM:The Hawkeyes have gotten hit by 19 pitches so far this season, with Kevin Hoef leading the team with six. In contrast, Iowa pitchers have only hit six total opponents in nine games this season.

IOWA OFFENSE IS STREAKING: Justin Toole started his hitting streak last weekend and is currently on a four-game rampage.

On top of that, Curry and Kevin Hoef both have five multi-hit games, while Toole has five multi-RBI games.

DIAMOND THIEVES:This season the Hawkeyes have out-run their opponents, going 21-for-28. Leading Iowa in steals are Caleb Curry with seven and Kyle Riffel with five.

LEADING OFF THE INNING: The Hawkeyes are hitting .506 to leadoff the inning. Reaching base 40 times in 79 chances. Leading the Hawkeyes are Kurtis Mueller and Justin Toole, hitting .750 in leadoff situations.

BY THE NUMBERS IN THE BIG TEN:Caleb Curry has taken the Big Ten by storm, when compared with the league’s players he ranks in the top three in: batting average (.486), on base percentage (.550), runs batted in (12) and stolen bases (7).

Other Hawkeyes who rank well in the conference include: Matt Mossey is tied at second in doubles (5), Justin Toole is tied for first in runs batted in (14), Kevin Hoef leads the league in hit-by-pitches (6) and Kyle Riffel is second in the league in stolen bases (5).

BIG TEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Wes Freie was named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 4. In addition, Brock Alberts earned co-Pitcher of the Week accolades, sharing the honor with Minnesota’s Phil Isaksson.

Freie had a stellar weekend helping lead Iowa to a 2-1 record, including a 6-3 upset win over fifth-ranked Vanderbilt, at the Music City Classic in Nashville, TN. The first baseman, who was named tournament MVP, was 9-for-12 with a double, home run, two RBI and two walks. The junior led the Black and Gold against No. 5 Vanderbilt, going a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI.

Alberts had a great season debut in Iowa’s come-from-behind win over Xavier Feb. 29. The senior right hander threw five and one-third innings in relief for the win. The Swisher, IA, native allowed no runs, scattered five hits with no walks and struck out a career-high 10 of the 21 batters he faced.

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