Iowa Travels to Davenport to Face Western Illinois Wednesday

April 18, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team will travel to Davenport Wednesday night to play Western Illinois at Modern Woodmen Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Modern Woodmen Park is the home venue of the Quad City River Bandits, the single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The game between Iowa and Western Illinois will follow the River Bandits game with the Peoria Chiefs, scheduled for 1 p.m.

Fans with tickets to the River Bandits and Peoria Chiefs contest are welcome to stay for the Hawkeye game. Those who wish to purchase tickets for the Iowa-Western Illinois game can do so starting at $5. Tickets can be purchased through the River Bandits box office by calling (563) 3-BANDIT or online at Fans attending the game are encouraged to park in ramps around the stadium, as flood waters have made the surrounding parking lots inaccessible.

Western Illinois, led by second-year head coach Mike Villano, is 11-24. The Leathernecks are 0-1 at neutral sites in 2011. Western Illinois has played its last nine contests at home, going 4-5.

Iowa is 66-25-2 all-time against Western Illinois. The two teams played a three-game series earlier this season. The two teams split two games at Duane Banks Field, before the Hawkeyes won the rubber match in Macomb, Ill., 6-2. Iowa and the Leathernecks last played at Modern Woodmen Park on April 21, 2009. Iowa routed Western Illinois, 20-7, in front of 1,234 fans. The Hawkeyes played at the venue last season, downing St. Ambrose, 8-0.

The Hawkeyes (13-20, 3-6) hosted Indiana in a three-game set over the weekend. Iowa dropped two-of-three to the Hoosiers. The Black and Gold fell to Indiana in a pitchers dual Saturday, 2-1. Both starting pitchers, Jarred Hippen of Iowa and Blake Monar of Indiana, went the distance. Hippen took the hard-luck loss for Iowa in his best outing of the season. The junior gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out a season-high seven. Sunday, the two teams split a doubleheader. The Hawkeyes won game one, 2-1, before falling in game two, 6-0. Matt Dermody led Iowa to the game one victory. The sophomore pitched the second complete game in as many games for the Hawkeyes. He won his fourth-straight start, giving up one run on eight hits in his first complete game. The Norwalk, Iowa, native struck out three Hoosiers.

Iowa will host Michigan this weekend in a three-game set at Duane Banks Field. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Friday. The Hawkeyes and Wolverines will also play Friday and Saturday at 1:05 p.m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults, and free for UI students and youths.