Hawkeyes Host Milwaukee Wednesday Night

May 2, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team hosts Milwaukee in a mid-week contest Wednesday night at 6:05 p.m. at Duane Banks Field. Admission is $3 for adults, and free for UI students and youths.

Milwaukee is coached by Scott Doffek. Doffek is in his fifth season as head coach and 17th season with the program. The Panthers are 18-22 overall and 9-7 in Horizon League play. Milwaukee is 11-16 away from their home park this season, including an 11-13 mark at road sites. The Panthers will host Wisconsin Lutheran Tuesday. In 2010, Milwaukee won the Horizon League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, winning 25-plus games for the 13th time in the past 14 years.

Iowa is 6-7 all-time against Milwaukee and 4-1 against the Panthers under head coach Jack Dahm. The Hawkeyes defeated Milwaukee last season at Duane Banks Field, 9-3. Iowa’s offense outhit the Panthers, 11-9, in the win. Seven Hawkeyes recorded a hit, three picked up a pair of hits and three laced doubles. Zach McCool led Iowa, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI and a double. Tyson Blaser went 2-for-3 with a sac bunt and RBI. Phil Keppler also collected two hits and an RBI.

Last weekend, the Hawkeyes (16-25, 5-10) traveled to Minneapolis for a three-game set at Minnesota. Iowa dropped two-of-three to the Golden Gophers at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. The Hawkeyes lost the series opener Friday evening, 1-0, despite Hawkeye starter Jarred Hippen throwing a one-hit gem. It marked the first one-hitter thrown by a Hawkeye since Troy Wulf one-hit Southwest Missouri State in a 3-0 victory on March 14, 1998. Hippen took the hard-luck loss, despite allowing only one Minnesota base runner. The junior, who was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Monday, allowed one run on one hit while striking out two Gophers.

Iowa dropped a heart-breaker to Minnesota Saturday, falling in extras, 5-4. Starter Matt Dermody got a no-decision, allowing three runs (one earned), while scattering seven hits and striking out five in five and two thirds.

The visitors claimed the series finale Sunday, 7-1, behind stellar pitching and offensive performances. Iowa’s offense recorded 12 hits against the conference rival. The first four Hawkeyes in the lineup each recorded multi-hit games, combining for nine hits. Iowa’s leadoff hitter, Trevor Willis, went 2-for-5. Chett Zeise, batting in the No. 2 spot, went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Mike McQuillan went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The junior leads Iowa with 17 multi-hit games this season, including five three-hit contests. Blaser went 2-for-5 with a home run. In addition, freshman Taylor Zeutenhorst tallied two RBI. Patrick Lala started and recorded the win for the Hawkeyes. The junior pitched five and a third, allowing no runs on two hits. He struck out two. Tim Fangman pitched the final three and two-thirds, earning his third save. He allowed one run on two hits, while striking out three.

The Hawkeyes host Penn State this weekend in their final Big Ten home series of the season. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Friday. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions will also play Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Saturday’s game will be televised live on Big Ten Network (HD).