May 22, 2010
IOWA CITY, IA – Are you looking for something to do on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Iowa City? Temperatures are supposed to climb into the mid-80s today and the Iowa baseball team could really use your support this afternoon in its final home game of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Duane Banks Field.
The Hawkeyes have stepped up their play the last three weeks, which has resulted in winning six of their last seven Big Ten games to climb the Big Ten standings and make a late push for qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa last qualified for the six-team Big Ten Tournament in 2007.
The Hawkeyes are fresh off a doubleheader sweep over the Purdue Boilermakers last night. Iowa posted impressive 7-2 and 5-1 victories. The wins vaulted the Black and Gold into a third-place tie with Purdue and Northwestern with only today’s game remaining.
“Hawkeye fans are the greatest and last night’s crowd was electric,” added Dahm. “Our guys fed off their energy and we truly appreciate their support. We look forward to playing in front of another great crowd Saturday.”
Strong pitching, timely hitting and stellar defense helped carry Iowa to wins yesterday. Starters Jarred Hippen and Nick Brown earned wins, with Hippen throwing a complete-game gem allowing only two runs on five hits. Brown went six and two-thirds, allowing only one run on seven hits. Offensively, Kurtis Muller went a combined 7-for-9 in yesterday’s doubleheader, while Trevor Willis powered two home runs in game one’s triumph.
The Big Ten standings are still pretty tight with only one game remaining. Depending on results from Saturday’s action around the league, Iowa can finish anywhere from a second place tie to a five-way tie for fourth place.
Over 1,000 fans helped cheer on the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories Friday night. Make plans to stop on out and watch Iowa battle Purdue today. Admission is only $3 for adults, while youths are free.