Jan. 13, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Seniors Jake Mangler, Eric Toole, and Kris Goodman, and junior Tyler Radtke have been voted team captains for the 2015 University of Iowa baseball team, UI head coach Rick Heller announced Tuesday. It is the second-straight season Mangler and Toole have been team captains.
Mangler, a second baseman from Clinton, Iowa, was a first-team all-region and second-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior after hitting .315 with 38 runs and a team-high 45 RBIs. He was second on the team in doubles (11), walks (21), and hit by pitches (11). Mangler has played in 129 career games, where he is a .289 career hitter.
Toole, an outfielder from Council Bluffs, Iowa, enters his senior season as a two-time All-Big Ten selection, earning second-team honors in 2013 and third-team honors in 2014. Toole started 52 games as a junior, hitting .302 with 48 runs, 30 RBIs, and 12 extra base hits. He was third in the Big Ten in runs scored and eighth in steals (14). Toole has played in 141 games as a Hawkeye, where he has a .309 batting average and 43 steals.
Goodman, an outfielder from Apple Valley, Minnesota, started 47 games as a junior, posting a .284 batting average with 29 runs and 28 RBIs. He finished second on the team with four home runs and was fourth with eight doubles. Goodman has played in 135 games as a Hawkeye with 116 starts, where he is a career .262 hitter.
Radtke, a junior pitcher from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, went 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 23 relief appearances in his first season as a Hawkeye. The right-hander struck out 38 batters in 37 innings and tied for the team lead with three saves. Radtke joined the program as a walk-on prior to the 2014 season after transferring to the UI from Villanova. Radtke earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014.
The Hawkeyes return 17 letterwinners, including seven positional starters, three starting pitchers, and their closer, from a team that advanced to and won a game in the Big Ten Tournament en route to a 30-23 finish. The 30 victories were the most for the program since 2010.
Iowa opens the 2015 season Feb. 13 at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida, facing Kansas State, Saint Louis, and George Mason.