Feb. 8, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three University of Iowa baseball seniors — Jake Mangler, Nick Day, and Dan Potempa — have earned preseason second-team All-Big Ten honors by College Sports Madness, the website announced Sunday.
Mangler was a second-team All-Big Ten and first-team all-region selection as a junior after starting 51-of-52 games at second base. He hit .315 with 38 runs and a team-high 45 RBIs. The Clinton, Iowa, native ranked sixth in the Big Ten in hit by pitches (11), seventh in RBIs (45) and 12th in on-base percentage (.397). He hit safely in 41-of-52 games and had a .382 average with runners in scoring position.
Day earned second-team All-Big Ten honors at third base as a junior after hitting .283 with 36 runs and 18 RBIs. The Solon, Iowa, native posted a .375 on-base percentage and had five steals. During a 12-game stretch during the season, Day scored at least one run in 12-straight games, and he had a 22-game reached base streak during the season.
Potempa was a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior at the designated hitter position. The Tinley Park, Illinois, native appeared in 51 games with 48 starts in his first season as a Hawkeye, ranking third on the team with a .330 batting average with 40 RBIs and 15 runs. He had a team-best 13 doubles and had 17 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games.
To see the complete College Sports Madness preseason All-Big Ten teams, click HERE.
The Hawkeyes open the 2015 season Friday in Port Charlotte, Florida, facing Kansas State at 2 p.m. (CT) in the Snowbird Baseball Classic.