March 8, 2011
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Iowa travels to Lubbock, Texas, this weekend to begin its annual spring trip. The Hawkeyes, winners of three straight, play at Texas Tech Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.). Iowa will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday at noon and Monday at noon. All games will take place at Dan Law Field, Texas Tech’s home venue. The Black and Gold will then travel to San Antonio, Texas. Iowa will face Notre Dame twice (March 17-18) and Gonzaga twice (March 18-19).
ON THE NET:
Iowa baseball fans can follow the Hawkeyes with live stats (gametracker) on hawkeyesports.com. Click on the GT link found on both the front page and the baseball schedule page. Whistlin’ Ray Gilmore is in his 34th season with the Hawkeye baseball program and will be posting the stats.
BIG WEEKEND IN MISSISSIPPI:
Iowa enjoyed a big weekend in Starkville, Miss. Iowa split two games with Georgia State and swept two games at Mississippi State. Friday, Iowa lost to Georgia State in game one (10-6) and downed the Bulldogs in game two (5-3). Saturday, the Hawkeyes defeated Mississippi State (7-6) and topped Georgia State Sunday (3-2). Iowa’s win Sunday over Georgia State ended with a Kurt Lee walk-off single with the bases loaded, giving the Hawkeyes their third-straight win.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Hawkeyes were named collegebaseballinsider.com’s Central Region Honorable Mention team of the week. In addition to their 3-1 series in Mississippi over the weekend, Iowa played two games last Monday in Lawrence, Kan. The Hawkeyes beat Southern Utah (8-3) and fell to Kansas (5-2), giving the team a 4-2 record for the week.
A PROGRAM FIRST:
The two victories over Mississippi State marked the first time in the program’s history that the Hawkeyes collected two wins against an SEC opponent in the same year.
RED HOT WILLIS EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR:
Senior Trevor Willis was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday after recording three multi-hit games in four contests with Georgia State and Mississippi State over the weekend. Willis posted back-to-back four-hit contests against the Bulldogs, leading Iowa to the series sweep. The four hits mark a career high for Willis. He also went 2-for-4 in the weekend finale, a 3-2 walk-off victory against the Panthers. The native of Lockport, Ill., scored six runs in four games, touching home twice in each of Iowa’s last three games, and drove in a run. The center fielder slugged a triple and went 3-for-4 on the base baths, including two steals in Sunday’s game and a swipe of home on Saturday. For the week, Willis batted .647, with a .667 on base percentage, and slugged at a .765 clip for an OPS of 1.432. The weekly honor is the first for Willis.
DON’T SEE THAT EVERY DAY:
Zach Kenyon notched his first victory of the year Friday night in the 5-3 win over Mississippi State. In the bottom of the sixth, Kenyon accomplished a rare feat. The senior righty struck out four batters. The third hitter struck out swinging, but reached on a wild pitch. Kenyon then got the next batter to strike out swinging. He recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in four innings.
In the 7-6 victory against Mississippi State Saturday night, the Hawkeyes added another rare feat. Senior Trevor Willis led off the fourth with a single to center. With two outs and Willis on third base, senior Tyson Blaser drew a walk. The senior duo then executed the perfect double steal, with Willis stealing home. The last time an Iowa player stole home was March 23, 2007. Jason White accomplished the feat in a 6-5 against North Dakota State.
PITCHING STRONG THUS FAR:
The Hawkeyes have enjoyed solid pitching to start the 2011 campaign. Iowa owns a team ERA of 4.16 and six Hawkeyes (Ben Bergman, Patrick Lala, Zach Kenyon, Matt Dermody, Nick Brown and Matt Dermody) have averages below 4.00. Dermody pitched a career-high six and two-thirds against Georgia State, tallying a career-high seven strikeouts.
Tyson Blaser is enjoying success behind the dish in 2011. The senior has thrown out nine base runners in nine games. He gunned down 13 all of last year.
The Hawkeyes have scored first in each of their last six games. Iowa holds a 4-2 record in those contests.
Three Hawkeyes, Mike McQuillan, Andrew Ewing and Tyson Blaser, have recorded multiple multi-hit games this year. McQuillan has recorded four, and Ewing and Blaser have each recorded two. McQuillan, along with senior Trevor Willis, are also each riding four-game hitting streaks.
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH:
Texas Tech, led by third-year head coach Dan Spencer, is 8-5. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI:
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, led by fourth-year head coach Scott Malone, is 8-5. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME:
Notre Dame, led by head coach Mik Aoki, is 4-6. Iowa is 26-40-1 all-time against the Fighting Irish.
Gonzaga, led by eighth-year head coach Mark Machtolf, is 4-5. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
HAWKEYES TABBED FOR FIFTH:
The Hawkeyes have been picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten by conference coaches and Perfect Game USA, an online baseball publication. Three Hawkeyes have been named to the `Players to Watch List’: SP Jarred Hippen, RP Kevin Lee and 3B Zach McCool.
IOWA FINISHED THIRD:
The Hawkeyes finished the 2010 Big Ten season tied for third with Northwestern (13-11). The third place finish marked the highest for Iowa, since 2005. In 2005, Iowa finished 19-13 in Big Ten play.
FIVE HAWKEYES DRAFTED:
Junior Kurtis Muller was selected in the Major League baseball 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Muller was chosen by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round (667th pick). Senior Zach Robertson was picked by the Florida Marlins in the 30th round (917th pick), incoming recruit Patrick Lala was selected in the 29th round (891) by the Philadelphia Phillies, senior Patrick Schatz was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 49th round (1,478th pick) and incoming recruit Taylor Zeutenhorst was selected in the 41st round by the Phillies (1,251st pick). Lala and Zeutenhorst did not sign professional contracts and are on Iowa’s 2011 roster. However, Muller did sign a contract and will forgo his senior year of eligibility. Under Jack Dahm, 22 Hawkeyes have been drafted. Sixteen players have been drafted in the past four years.
The Hawkeyes return 21 lettermen from a team that won 11 of its last 14 games in 2010 and finished third in the Big Ten regular season and second in the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa returns seven starters and 10 pitchers. Iowa will look to replace starting outfielders Kurtis Muller (CF) and Ryan Durant (RF). The Hawkeyes boast one of the deepest pitching staffs in the Big Ten, returning a number of veterans. In addition to the 21 returnees, the Hawkeyes will welcome 10 talented newcomers. A number of the newcomers could see action this season including LHP Patrick Lala, SS Kasey Carling, UT Taylor Zeutenhorst, RHP Tim Fangman and OF Kyle Haen.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT SUCCESS:
Iowa won four of its final five three-game series, including sweeping Purdue in the final three games of the regular season to finish third in the Big Ten, its highest finish since 2005. Iowa carried that momentum into the Big Ten Tournament a week later in Columbus, Ohio. The Hawkeyes bounced Purdue from the six-team tournament with two victories over the Boilermakers and rallied from a seven-run deficit to stun second-seeded Michigan in the semifinals. Iowa reached the championship game for the first time since 1983. The Hawkeyes ultimately fell to the well-rested and top-seeded Minnesota team in the title game.
Iowa’s run in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament garnered individual accolades for two Hawkeyes. Centerfielder Kurtis Muller, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the June MLB Draft, and starting pitcher Jarred Hippen, were named to the all-tournament team. Muller set the tournament record for most stolen bases (6). He also tied the individual tournament game record for most thefts (3) against Purdue. Hippen earned Iowa’s first tournament win since 1990, going seven and one-third innings, striking out five and no walks against Purdue.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!:
Hawkeye fans can purchase 2011 Iowa baseball season tickets now. Fans can reserve their own chair backs for the 2011 season by calling the UI Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Reserved chair back season tickets are available for $25, while general admission season tickets are $15.
HOLDING ON TO WIN:
The Hawkeyes were 11-1 with the lead after five innings in Big Ten games in 2010. In overall games, Iowa boasted a 24-3 record. With the lead in the eighth inning, Iowa was a perfect 13-0 in conference play and 28-0 overall. When Iowa’s offense generated six or more runs for its pitchers the Hawkeyes were 21-8. Closer Kevin Lee slammed the door on the opposition, collecting an Iowa single-season record 13 saves, a total that ranked seventh best in the country. He also was credited with two victories. The senior has one save this season. Only one closer returns from last year who had more saves than Lee (Portland’s Chris Dennis — 14).
RECORD BREAKING McCOOL:
Zach McCool tied yet another school record in 2010. McCool laced two consecutive triples in Iowa’s victory over Western Illinois on April 6. The last time that was done was in 1999 by Brian Burks. McCool tied another individual-game record earlier in 2010. He went 5-for-6 from the leadoff spot for Iowa in its series finale against Michigan State. McCool’s five hits ties a single-game school record, last achieved by former Hawkeye standout Justin Toole in 2008.
WILLIS GUNS `EM OUT:
Trevor Willis boasted strong defense in 2010 in left field, gunning runners out; whether it be at second, third or home. Willis had eight assists to lead the Big Ten and rank in the top 50 in the country. After playing last season in left field, the senior will shift over to center field, replacing Muller, who left after his junior season for the major leagues. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Host will likely replace graduating senior Ryan Durant in right field. Host played in 42 games, starting 17, last season.
DUANE BANKS FIELD:
Every year the UI Athletics Department continues to upgrade Duane Banks Field. In 2010, the Hawkeyes added 500 chair back seats behind home plate. The chair backs allow Hawkeye fans to purchase season tickets. This past fall, Duane Banks Field underwent a facelift, with a complete resurfacing of the field. New sod, dirt and drainage system were installed. Additionally, new batting cages were put in place down the right field line.In 2009, the UI Recreation Building underwent a complete makeover. Improvements included: a new locker room, lounge, training room and weight room for the baseball program. Iowa boasted a 15-6 home record at Duane Banks Field in 2010.
Jarred Hippen, who was a second team all-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament team honoree a year ago, returns for his junior season. Hippen has been Iowa’s ace since his freshman campaign. A year ago, Hippen started 15 games. He led the team in ERA (3.71) strikeouts (71) and complete games (4). All four complete games, which resulted in wins, came during conference play (Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State). Other Hawkeye starters returning include Nick Brown, Matt Dermody and Zach Kenyon. Brown is a two-year starter while Dermody started seven games a year ago as a freshman. Kenyon was a primarily a starter his first two years, but only started four contests in 2010. Kenyon mainly saw action in middle relief last season.
HIPPEN GARNERS PRESEASON ATTENTION:
Jarred Hippen, who was named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team last year, was named College Baseball Daily’s preseason Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. He was also named to Perfect Game USA’s and Baseball America’s preseason all-conference teams. Hippen, a junior left-hander, started 15 games in 2010 en route to second team All-Big Ten honors. He finished 6-4 and led the team with a 3.71 ERA and 99.1 innings pitched.
LEE NAMED TO WATCH LIST:
Kevin Lee, a senior righty, was named to the watch list for the annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. He is one of three Big Ten closers named to the list. The Oak Lawn, Ill., native notched a school-record 13 saves last year. He appeared in 21 games, winning two, while recording a 5.75 ERA. Lee tallied 14 strikeouts in 20.1 innings last year. Lee came out of the ninth with a win or save in every save opportunity he was given.
HAWKEYES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION:
The Hawkeyes will appear on the Big Ten Network at least three times during the 2011 regular season. Iowa’s game at Illinois at 6 p.m. on April 9 will be televised. In addition, two home games will be shown. The Hawkeyes’ game against Indiana on April 15 (6 p.m.) will be televised, as well as their game versus Penn State on May 7 (2 p.m.). The Big Ten Network will also televise the Big Ten Tournament.
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THE ASSISTANT COACHES:
Head Coach Jack Dahm is assisted by coach Ryan Brownlee and coach Chris Maliszewski, along with volunteer coach Zach Dillon. Over the past 10 seasons, 25 players coached or recruited by Brownlee have been drafted; two more signed free agent contracts. In the past two years, Kurtis Muller, Patrick Schatz, Steve Turnbull, Kyle Heim, Mike Schurz and recruits Matt Dermody, Dan Sheppard, Patrick Lala and Taylor Zeutenhorst were drafted by major league teams. In six years of coaching summer collegiate leagues, he has seen 33 of his players sign pro contracts, including Khalil Green and Joe Thatcher of the Padres, Kevin Cash of the Yankees, Dan Meyer of the Marlins and Luke Scott of the Astros. Last season, the hitting coach preached a `pitch-by-pitch’ approach at the plate that helped propel the Hawkeyes to 11 wins in their final 14 contests; the team eventually finished 30-28. Iowa finished third in the conference and ultimately placed second at the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament berth was the eighth in school history. The Hawkeyes won three games at the tournament, which was the first time an Iowa team had won any game since 1990. The runner up finish in the conference tournament tied the school’s highest finish, which was accomplished once before (1983).
Maliszewski is in his third season as the Hawkeye pitching coach. In addition to his role as pitching coach, Maliszewski is also responsible for the team’s travel arrangements and assists with the youth summer camps. In 2010, Maliszewski and his pitching staff helped propel Iowa to a third place finish in the conference, as well as earning the school’s eighth Big Ten Tournament appearance. The Hawkeyes finished as the runner-up in the tournament after winning three games — the first tournament wins for Iowa since 1990. Maliszewski mentored his young pitching staff to improved numbers in his second campaign. Under his tutelage, the Hawkeyes posted improved numbers in wins, ERA, saves, walks, wild pitches and opposing batting average. Iowa’s talented arms helped the Hawkeyes to a late surge, winning 11 of their last 14 games. Individually, pitcher Jarred Hippen was named to the all-tournament team, as well as garnering second team all-league accolades. In addition to Hippen’s accomplishments, closer Kevin Lee broke the school single-season record with 13 saves – nearly double the saves Iowa had as a team in 2009.