April 21, 2016
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|#18/21 Michigan (26-9, 6-2) at Iowa (17-17, 6-6)|
|Dates||April 22-24, 2016|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Duane Banks Field|
|Game Notes||Iowa | Michigan|
|Statistics||IOWA | Michigan|
|Radio/Streaming||Hawkeye All-Access (All)|
|Video Streaming||Hawkeye All-Access (All)|
|Date | Time||Friday, April 22 | 6:05 p.m. (CT) | Hawkeye All-Access|
|Pitching Matchup||IOWA: So., RHP C.J. Eldred (2-4, 2.70 ERA) vs.
UM: Jr., LHP Brett Adcock (4-3, 2.53 ERA)
|Date | Time||Saturday, April 23 | 3:05 p.m. (CT) | Hawkeye All-Access|
|Pitching Matchup||IOWA: RS Jr., LHP Ryan Erickson (1-0, 3.90 ERA) vs.
UM: So., LHP Oliver Jaskie (5-2, 2.86 ERA)
|Date | Time||Sunday, April 24 | 11:05 a.m. (CT) | Hawkeye All-Access|
|Pitching Matchup||IOWA:Sr., RHP Calvin Mathews (0-3, 6.92 ERA) vs.
UM: Sr., LHP Evan Hill (5-1, 2.45 ERA)
The University of Iowa baseball team opens a season-long nine game home stand by welcoming No. 18/21 Michigan to Duane Banks Field for a three-game weekend series from April 22-24. Friday’s series opener is set to begin at 6:05 p.m. (CT), Saturday will start at 3:05 p.m., and Sunday’s finale at 11 a.m.
? All three games of the weekend series will be audio and video streamed live on Hawkeye All-Access with Brent Balbinot and Steve Duncan on the call.
? Live statistics will be available at www.hawkeyesports.com and fans can follow the action via Twitter/UIBaseball.
? On Friday, fans can play baseball bingo and there will be postgame fireworks at Banks Field.
? Kids can run the bases following Saturday’s game, and on Sunday, the first 200 fans will receive free ice cream sundaes.
? The Hawkeyes will use their fifth different weekend starting rotation of the season against Michigan. Iowa used the same starting rotation throughout the entire 2015 season.
? Iowa has won 10 of its last 13 Big Ten Conference series dating back to the start of the 2015 season.
? Three players — Joel Booker, Nick Roscetti, and Mason McCoy — have started every game this season.
? Iowa has 21 home runs in 34 games — the sixth-most in the Big Ten — this season with nine different players hitting at least one home run. Senior Joel Booker has a team-high four home runs, while four Hawkeyes have three apiece.
? Senior Joel Booker is 11-of-12 on the base paths this season. The outfielder has been successful in seven straight attempts; he hasn’t been caught stealing since March 12 against Seton Hall.
? The Hawkeyes have a +52 run differential this season. Iowa is 13-1 when scoring at least six runs and 0-11 when scoring 0-2 runs.
? Iowa is 3-8 against left-handed starting pitching… the Hawkeyes will face three southpaws against the Wolverines.
? Iowa is 12-1 when leading after six innings, 13-1 after seven, and 14-0 after eight innings. The Hawkeyes are 4-14 when trailing after six, 3-14 after seven, and 1-16 after eight.
? The Wolverines enter the weekend ranked 18th nationally by Baseball America and 21st in the NCBWA poll.
? Michigan brings a five-game winning streak to Iowa City that has boosted its record to 26-9 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines swept a three-game series against Nebraska last weekend in Ann Arbor and defeated Toledo, 2-1, Wednesday night.
? The Wolverines are third in the Big Ten with a .304 average and the team scores 6.3 runs per game. Three Michigan players are in the top 10 in the conference in average with Cody Bruder leading the way with a .386 average, while Jake Bivens (.374, ninth) and Harrison Wenson (.359, 10th).
? Michigan has a 3.20 team ERA to rank third in the league, averages 8.5 strikeouts per game, and has a league-leading six shutouts. Opponents are hitting .211 against the Wolverines’ pitching staff.
? The Wolverines will send a trio of lefties to the mound this weekend. Junior Brett Adcock (4-3, 2.53 ERA will start the series opener, sophomore Oliver Jaskie (5-2, 2.86) will be on the hill Saturday, and senior Evan Hill (5-1, 2.45 ERA) will start the finale.
LAST SEASON VS. MICHIGAN
? Iowa faced (and fared well against) all three Michigan starting pitchers during the 2015 series in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes scored two runs off seven hits in handing Brett Adcock a 2-0 loss in the series finale. Iowa scored four runs on six hits against reliever Oliver Jaskie in the series opener, and plated four runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings against starter Evan Hill in game two.
? Iowa’s Ryan Erickson went 5 2/3 innings against the Wolverines last season to earn the victory in the series opener, allowing two runs on five hits. Calvin Mathews limited Michigan to three hits in six shutout innings in a 2-0 win in the series finale.
? The Wolverines lead the all-time series over Iowa, 111-50 — a series dating back to 1895.
? Iowa won 2-of-3 games last season in Ann Arbor — its first series victory over the Wolverines since 2010. Michigan downed the Hawkeyes, 8-5, in a winner’s bracket game at the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis.
? This is Michigan’s first trip to Iowa City since the 2012 season.
THE REAL MCCOY
Junior Mason McCoy hit Iowa’s first cycle since 2007 when he finished 5-for-7 with three runs and six RBIs in a 22-2 victory over Air Force on April 13. The third baseman had a bunt single in the first, an RBI triple in the second, an RBI double in the fourth, and a two-run home run in the sixth. He added a two-run double in the seventh to tie the program record for hits in a game.
? Jason White was the last Hawkeye to hit for the cycle on April 22, 2007, against Illinois. That was 3,276 days and 479 games ago.
? McCoy is the second documented player to hit for the cycle in program history and the first by a Big Ten player since 2013 (Justin Parr, Illinois).
? McCoy became the 16th player to tally a five-hit game and the first since Eric Toole in 2013 at Purdue.
Iowa is 27-5 at home since the start of the 2015 season. The Hawkeyes went 17-3 last season for the most home victories since 1996. Iowa has six walk-off victories at Duane Banks Field since the start of 2015.
The Hawkeyes are hitting .305 in 12 home games and average 9.3 runs per contest. Five regulars and nine total players are hitting over .300 with senior Daniel Aaron Moriel posting a team-best .379 average with 13 RBIs. Iowa’s pitching staff has a 3.11 ERA over 107 innings at home with 103 strikeouts to 39 walks.
ROSCETTI NAMED TO BROOKS WALLACE WATCH LIST
Senior Nick Roscetti has been named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List. He is one of three players from the Big Ten and 54 players nationally named to the initial list. The Illinois native is hitting .329 with 28 runs and 24 RBIs in 2016.
CHANGING UP THE ROTATION
Iowa will use its fifth different rotation of the season this weekend against Michigan. After C.J. Eldred takes the hill Friday, redshirt junior Ryan Erickson will make his second career start — first Big Ten start — on Saturday, and senior Calvin Mathews will return to the rotation after a two week layoff for the series finale.
Erickson made his first career start March 5 at Southern Illinois. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits in a no-decision.
Iowa scored 22 runs on 16 hits in its 22-2 victory over Air Force on April 12 to complete the two-game series sweep. It was the team’s second 20+ run game this season as the Hawkeyes scored 28 runs — the second-most in program history — in a 28-0, seven-inning win over Northwestern College on March 8. It is the first time since 1996 Iowa has had two 20-run games in a season.
6 X 2
Iowa had two players finish with six RBIs in its 22-2 rout of Air Force on April 13. Junior Mason McCoy finished 5-for-7 with three runs and six RBIs, while senior Daniel Aaron Moriel was 3-for-5 with four runs and six RBIs. Moriel had career-highs in runs and RBIs, and tied a career-best in hits. McCoy had career-best numbers across the board.
? It was Iowa’s first six RBI game since 2010 — Mike McQuillan (vs. Illinois State, 2/20/10). The school record for RBIs in a game is 10 by Brian Wujcik.
? Freshman Mitchell Boe tied a school record, drawing four walks in against Air Force on April 13.
? Sophomore Austin Guzzo scored five runs against Northwestern College on March 8 to tie a school record. He is one of three players to score five runs in a game and the first since John Mahoney in 1978.
COMPLETE GAME C.J.
Redshirt sophomore C.J. Eldred threw back-to-back complete games in starts against Maryland and Minnesota. He is second in the Big Ten in the complete games and ranks 27th nationally.
Eldred is the first Hawkeye since Jared Hippen in 2011 to pitch back-to-back complete games. Hippen did it in consecutive road games at Ohio State and Purdue.
TOP 15 BOOKER
Joel Booker ranks in the top 15 in the Big Ten in six different offensive categories. He is tied for seventh in total bases (74), tied for ninth in steals (11) and doubles (10), 11th in runs (31), 10th in hits (48), and 15th in slugging percentage (.517).
GALLAGHER RETURNS TO `PEN
After making back-to-back Big Ten starts, sophomore Nick Gallagher is returning to the bullpen. The Iowa City, Iowa, native has a team-high four wins, going 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA this season. As a reliever, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in six appearances.
BALLS & STRIKES
? Freshman Cole McDonald earned his third win in Iowa’s 22-2 win over Air Force on April 13. He scattered two hits in four innings and fanned a career-high five batters.
? Freshman Shane Ritter notched his first career win against Air Force on April 12. He allowed four runs on six hits in four innings — zero over final three frames. He had a career-high six strikeouts.
? Iowa’s pitching staff emerged in the Big Ten series-opening victory over Maryland. The Hawkeyes limited the Terrapins to six runs over 27 innings, posting a weekend series-best 2.00 ERA and striking out 23 to seven walks. Maryland hit .221 in the three-game series.
In his first season as Iowa’s leadoff hitter, senior Joel Booker is the catalyst at the top of the Hawkeye lineup.
? The outfielder is hitting a team-best .336 with 48 hits, 31 runs scored, and 21 RBIs. He has 10 doubles, two triples, and four home runs — surpassing his is extra base hit output from his entire junior season.
? Booker is second on the team with 14 multi-hit games, including five three-hit and two four-hit contests.
? He had a career-best 14-game hitting streak and reached safely in 18 consecutive games earlier this season. He has hit safely in 26-of-34 games and reached safely in all but four contests.
? Booker has posted single-game career-bests in hits, RBIs, and runs this season. He drove in all four runs and hit his fourth home run — a three-run shot — in Iowa’s 4-3 series-clinching victory over Illinois.
THINGS ARE “ROSEY”
? Senior Nick Roscetti has a team-best 16 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests. He had a career-best 15-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-March 22.
? The shortstop has seven games with two or more RBIs, including a four-RBI performance, tying a career-high, in Iowa’s 7-6 walk-off victory over Bradley on March 22. Roscetti had the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
? Roscetti posted his second four-hit game of the season, tying a career-high, in the series finale at Indiana. He scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning in a 6-5 win.
? The Illinois native ranks in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (47, 11th).
? Senior Tyler Peyton has posted four multi-hit games in his last five contests, and he’s hitting .450 (9-of-20) during the stretch. Peyton had two hits in all three games of the weekend series at Indiana.
? Freshman Robert Neustrom is leading the team with a .306 (11-of-36) batting average in Big Ten play.
? Senior Joel Booker is hitting .423 with runnings in scoring position and .714 with a runner on third with less than two outs. He has a team-best 11 two-out RBIs.
? Senior Eric Schenck-Joblinske had the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning in Iowa’s come-from-behind, extra-inning victory April 17 at Indiana. Schenck-Joblinske was 1-for-3 with two RBIs — his second two-RBI game this season.
SOPHOMORE C.J. Eldred…
? has been Iowa’s most consistent pitcher, going 2-4 with a 2.70 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts). He took over as Iowa’s Friday night starter on March 4 at Southern Illinois. Eldred’s ERA ranks 14th in the Big Ten.
? has 40 strikeouts to 14 walks in 60 innings — the fifth-most innings in the Big Ten — and is limiting opposing batters to a .240 batting average.
? has a team-best five quality starts, three coming in Big Ten play. He has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts and he has gone at least seven innings in four starts.
? pitched back-to-back complete games against Maryland and at Minnesota — the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since 2011.
? pitched his first career complete game against the Terps, allowing one run on six hits and striking out nine to out duel Maryland All-American Mike Shawaryn. He went eight innings at Minnesota, allowing four runs on seven hits in a 4-1 loss.
? posted back-to-back quality starts against Southern Illinois and Omaha… threw nine innings of two-hit, one run ball against the SIU. He had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings, but wasn’t involved in the decision. He allowed three runs in six innings in a 3-2 loss to Omaha.
? picked up his first career win against Dartmouth in his first career start, allowing one run on four hits over five innings, fanning five.
? sat out the 2015 season after transferring from Indiana University, where he redshirted in 2014.
? is the son of former Hawkeye first round MLB Draft pick and Major Leaguer Cal Eldred.
SENIOR Tyler Peyton…
? Will not be part of the weekend rotation against Michigan — coaches’ decision.
? Earned his first victory of the season at Minnesota on April 3, allowing one run on five hits over five innings.
? logged a quality start at Dallas Baptist, going 6 1/3 innings, scattering two hits, and striking out six. Both runs were unearned, as he took the loss.
? had his best outing since the series opener in game two against Maryland. He pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits and struck out seven, but wasn’t involved in the decision.
? is 13-10 in his Iowa career with a 4.43 ERA in 38 starts. Peyton has 15 quality starts and has pitched into the seventh inning 14 times in his career.
? has logged 207 innings in two-plus seasons, where he has 150 strikeouts to 71 walks.
? earned third-team All-America honors by D1Baseball.com and the USBWA as a junior.
? has the best change-up in the Big Ten Conference according to Baseball America.
Iowa’s relief corps has been a strength of the 2016 pitching staff. The Hawkeye relievers have posted a 2.96 ERA over 152 innings and have 117 strikeouts to 58 walks. Opponents are hitting .231 against the relievers.
? Redshirt junior Josh Martsching as emerged as a closer. He is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in eight appearance, fanning seven in 7 2/3 innings. The Bloomfield, Iowa, native has a team-high three saves.
? Sophomore Nick Allgeyer has a 3.54 ERA in 12 appearances — tied for a team-high. He has allowed 16 hits in 20 1/3 innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .216 average. The southpaw allowed one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings last weekend at Indiana.
? Freshman Zach Daniels got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth inning to record his first career save April 10 against Illinois. Daniels is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in eight appearances, allowing three runs on eight hits over nine innings.
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