Hawkeyes-Wolverines Play Friday to Stay Alive

May 23, 2014

Big Ten Tournament Updated Bracket (5/22/14)

#8 Iowa (30-22) vs. #4 Michigan (29-28-1)
Dates May 23, 2014
Location Omaha, Neb. | TD Ameritrade Park
Statistics Michigan | IOWA
Media Coverage
Radio Hawkeye All-Access
Live Stats GameTracker
Television BTN (Eric Collins, Danan Hughes, Lisa Byington) (BTN2GO)
Game 10 vs. #5 Michigan
Date | Time Friday, May 23 | 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Pitching Matchup IOWA: So., RHP, Tyler Peyton (5-0, 4.75 ERA) vs.
UM: So., LHP, Evan Hill (4-6, 3.43 ERA)

OMAHA, Neb. —The University of Iowa baseball team has lived to see another day at the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park, setting up a second-straight elimination game against fifth-seeded Michigan on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (CT).

The Hawkeyes stayed alive with a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Thursday. Junior Dan Potempa hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to plate Jake Mangler and three Iowa pitchers limited the Gophers to four hits. The win was Iowa’s 30th of the season — the most for the program since 2010.

The Wolverines were shutout, 5-0, to top-seeded Indiana in the late game Thursday, finishing with a single hit against a pair of Hoosier pitchers. It was the sixth time this season Michigan had been shut out.

UI head coach Rick Heller will hand the ball to sophomore right-hander Tyler Peyton, who is undefeated in 13 starts. The Grimes, Iowa, native is 5-0 with a 4.75 ERA, allowing 40 runs (38 earned) on 75 hits over 72 innings, striking out 43 against 31 walks.

Michigan will counter with sophomore Evan Hill, a southpaw who is 4-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) this season. He has allowed 36 runs (31 earned) over 81 1/3 innings and has 55 strikeouts to 28 walks.

Both pitchers threw during the three-game regular season series in Ann Arbor, but neither was involved in decisions. Hill started the second game against the Hawkeyes, allowing a pair of hits over 5 2/3 innings, finishing with two strikeouts and three walks. Peyton toed the rubber in the finale, giving up five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He had one strikeout to four walks.

The Hawkeyes used a complete game from sophomore Calvin Mathews to take the first game from Michigan by the count of 3-2 on March 28. The Wolverines scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 4-2 in game two before winning in walk-off fashion, 6-5, in the finale after Iowa fought back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the eighth.

Iowa is 2-4 all-time against Michigan in Big Ten Tournament play, and 1-2 in elimination games. The Hawkeyes downed the Wolverines, 11-8, at the 2010 tournament in Columbus, Ohio, to advance to the title game. The two teams played for the title in 1983 with the Wolverines prevailing, 12-3.

The Hawkeyes, the conference’s top hitting team during the regular season, have posted a .200 (12-of-60) batting average in two postseason games. Iowa’s pitching staff has a 2.12 ERA, but only has five strikeouts to seven walks over 17 innings.

Friday’s game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins, former Hawkeye Danan Hughes and Lisa Byington on the call. The winner stays alive and moves to the top bracket for a 9 a.m. (CT) matchup against second-seeded Nebraska on Saturday.