Iowa Travels to Nebraska Tuesday

April 25, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team will travel to Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday night to play future Big Ten opponent Nebraska. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Hawks Field.

Nebraska, led by ninth-year head coach Mike Anderson, is 25-14 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play. The Huskers are 16-6 at home in 2011.

Iowa is 9-11 all-time against Nebraska and 2-4 against the Huskers under head coach Jack Dahm. The Hawkeyes defeated Nebraska last season at Duane Banks Field, 5-2. Iowa’s offense outhit the Huskers, 9-7, in the win. Mike McQuillan went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. Kurt Lee scored two of Iowa’s five runs.

The Hawkeyes (15-22, 4-8) hosted Michigan in a three-game set over the weekend. Iowa dropped two-of-three to the Wolverines. The Black and Gold defeated Michigan in game one of a doubleheader Saturday, 13-7. Iowa rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Wolverines. It marked the Hawkeyes’ first Big Ten series opener win of the season and also marked Iowa’s largest comeback victory since erasing a seven-run deficit against Michigan in an 11-8 triumph on May 29, 2010 in the semifinals of last year’s Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Iowa scored 11 of its 13 runs in the middle innings (seven in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth). Junior Jarred Hippen earned his second win throwing six and two thirds, allowing seven runs (six earned), while striking out six.

The Hawkeyes fell in game two of the doubleheader, 2-1. Despite another sold outing, Iowa pitcher Matt Dermody got his first loss in five starts. The sophomore nearly tossed his second straight complete game, throwing eight and two thirds. Dermody allowed two runs on 10 hits, while striking out eight. Michigan claimed the rubber match Sunday, 5-2.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., this weekend to play Minnesota in a three-game series at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday. The Hawkeyes and Gophers will also play Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.