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|Big Ten Tournament: No. 2 Iowa (39-14) vs. No. 3 Michigan (34-23)|
|Date||May 21, 2015|
|Location||Minneapolis | Target Field|
|Game Notes||Complete Iowa Game Notes | Updated Game Notes|
|Statistics||IOWA | Michigan|
|Radio||800-AM KXIC/1360-AM KMJM | Hawkeye All-Access|
|Date | Time||Thursday, May 21 | 5 p.m. (CT)|
|Pitching Matchup||IOWA: Jr., RHP Blake Hickman (9-1, 2.75 ERA) vs.
UM: Fr., RHP So., RHP Ryan Nutof (4-3, 3.51 ERA)
The 15th-ranked and second-seeded University of Iowa baseball team faces third-seeded Michigan in a Big Ten Tournament winner’s bracket game at 5 p.m. (CT) on Thursday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
? Thursday’s game will be televised live on BTN with Kevin Kugler and former Hawkeye Danan Hughes on the call.
? The game will also be broadcast on AM-800 KXIC and AM-1360 KMJM with Brent Balbinot and Steve Duncan on the call. The game will also be available via the subscription-based service Hawkeye All-Access on hawkeyesports.com.
? Fans can also follow every game with live stats (GameTracker) on hawkeyesports.com and live updates are also available on Twitter: @UIBaseball.
The Hawkeyes won their opening round game, 3-2 over seventh-seeded Ohio State, with a walk-off, two-run home run from senior Nick Day. Day finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored in the game.
? Junior Tyler Peyton threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts against zero walks. Senior Nick Hibbing (3-1) picked up the victory, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings.
? Senior Kris Goodman has reached safely in a career-best 14 straight games, while junior Tyler Peyton has reached safely in 11 consecutive contests. Peyton also has a six-game hitting streak.
? Eric Toole went 0-for-4 against Ohio State, but reached on an error. The outfielder has reached safely in 51-of-53 games this season.
? The Hawkeyes have allowed two earned runs or fewer in 31 games this season, including 15 in Big Ten play.
? The Hawkeyes currently have a 2.89 team ERA over 53 games. Iowa’s school record is 3.63, set in 1971.
? Twenty-one games have been decided by two runs or less. Iowa is 16-7 in such contests.
? Iowa is 19-5 when playing error-free baseball and 32-9 when committing one or fewer errors. Iowa is 7-5 when committing two or more errors.
? The Hawkeyes are 29-2 when out-hitting their opponents and 29-5 when scoring first. Conversely, Iowa is 10-9 when the opponent scores first.
? Iowa has out scored opponents 35-12 in the first inning, and 94-47 over the first three innings.
? The Wolverines own a 110-49 advantage against Iowa in the all-time series. Iowa won the regular season series, taking 2-of-3 games in Ann Arbor from May 1-3. It was the Hawkeyes’ first series win over Michigan since 2010.
? Iowa is 2-6 all-time against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines eliminated Iowa, 7-1, last season in Omaha.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
? Iowa took 2-of-3 games from Michigan during the regular season in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes won the opening game 13-7, dropped game two, 11-5, before winning the finale, 2-0.
? The Hawkeyes hit .315 and scored 20 runs during the weekend with Nick Roscetti leading the way with a .500 average (6-for-12) with four RBIs and two runs. Dan Potempa hit .333 in the series, which included a 4-for-6, three-RBI performance in the series opener.
? Iowa had a 6.23 ERA in the series — its highest ERA during a series this season. The Wolverines scored 18 runs on 28 hits in three games and struck out just seven times while drawing 14 walks.
? Junior Blake Hickman lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his May 1 start, allowing four runs on five hits and giving up three doubles.
? Junior Ryan Erickson earned the win in relief May 1, throwing a career-high 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He had two strikeouts to two walks.
? Junior Calvin Mathews and senior Nick Hibbing combined to limit Michigan to four hits in a 2-0 shutout victory May 3. Mathews allowed three hits over six innings, while Hibbing allowed a single hit over three.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Senior Nick Day belted a two-out, two-run walk-off home run into the left field bleachers at Target Field to send the Hawkeyes to a 3-2 come-from behind victory over Ohio State on Wednesday.
Day finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. It was his first multi-hit game since April 3 at Purdue, and his first home run since April 1 at Western Illinois.
The blast was Day’s first career home run against a Big Ten opponent and fourth overall. It was Iowa’s first walk-off home run since Jason White in 2008 (10-9 win over Illinois).
WIN TOTAL CLIMBING
? Iowa has won 39 games in 2015, reaching the 30-win plateau in two straight seasons for the first time since 1989 and 1990.
? The 39 victories are the most for the program since 1985.
? Iowa hasn’t won 40 games since 1985 (40-20), and the program has only three 40-win seasons in its history.
The Hawkeyes have posted six walk-off wins this season with contributions from six different players. Iowa has overcome deficits in 14 games, going 11-3 in such contests.
GOOD PITCHING… GOOD DEFENSE
The Hawkeyes have relied on their pitching and defense all season. Iowa ranks in the top-10 nationally in both team fielding percentage (.979) and ERA (2.89). The team has committed 43 errors in 53 games — the fewest in the Big Ten — and Iowa has 43 double plays.