Game Notes -- at Ohio State


May 5, 2016

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Iowa (21-21, 7-8) at Ohio State (29-15-1, 8-7)
Dates May 6-8, 2016
Location Columbus, Ohio | Bill Davis Stadium
Game Notes Iowa Get Acrobat Reader
Statistics Iowa | Ohio State
Media Coverage
Radio/Streaming AM-800 KXIC (Friday) | Hawkeye All-Access (All)
Live Stats GameTracker
Video Streaming BTN Plus (All)
Game 1
Date | Time Friday, May 6 | 5:35 p.m. (CT) | BTN Plus
Pitching Matchup IOWA: So., RHP C.J. Eldred (2-6, 2.92 ERA) vs.
OSU: Jr., LHP Tanner Tully (5-3, 2.60 ERA)
Game 2
Date | Time Saturday, May 7 | 2:05 p.m. (CT) | BTN Plus
Pitching Matchup IOWA:Sr., RHP Tyler Peyton (1-5, 6.87 ERA) vs.
OSU: Sr., LHP John Havird (5-1, 2.78 ERA)
Game 3
Date | Time Sunday, May 8 | 12:05 p.m. (CT) | BTN Plus
Pitching Matchup IOWA: TBA vs.
OSU: Fr., RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 4.14 ERA)

The University of Iowa baseball team hits the road for a three-game Big Ten weekend series at Ohio State from May 6-8 at Bill Davis Stadium. Friday’s opener is set for a 5:35 p.m. (CT) start, Saturday will begin at 2:05 p.m., and Sunday’s finale at 12:05 p.m.


? All three games of the series will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
? Friday’s series opener will be broadcast on the radio on AM-800 KXIC, and all three games of the weekend series will be audio streamed on Hawkeye All-Access with Brent Balbinot and Steve Duncan or Ray Gilmore on the call.
? Live statistics will be available at and fans can follow the action via Twitter/UIBaseball.

? Iowa enters the weekend in a tie for ninth place with Illinois in the Big Ten regular season standings with nine conference games remaining. Ohio State occupies the eighth spot with an 8-7 record; the top eight teams advance to Omaha for the 2016 Big Ten Tournament.
? Penn State, who the Hawkeyes face on the final weekend of the season, is in seventh at 10-8, while Michigan, Nebraska, and Maryland all have nine wins.

Minnesota (Indiana, at Purdue, Ohio State)
Indiana (at Minnesota, Illinois, at Nebraska)
Michigan State (Nebraska, at Iowa, Maryland)
Michigan (Rutgers, at Ohio State, at Illinois)
Nebraska (at Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana)
Maryland (Illinois, Rutgers, at Michigan State)
Penn State (TCU, at Nebraska, Iowa)
Ohio State (Iowa, Michigan, at Minnesota)
Illinois (at Maryland, at Indiana, Michigan)
Rutgers (at Michigan, at Maryland, Northwestern)

? Three players — Joel Booker, Nick Roscetti, and Mason McCoy — have started every game this season.
? Iowa is 3-12 in true road games in 2016 and 7-15 in games played away from Iowa City.
? The Hawkeyes have 25 home runs in 42 games — the sixth-most in the Big Ten — this season with 10 different players hitting at least one home run. Senior Joel Booker has a team-high five home runs.
? Senior Joel Booker is 18-of-19 on the base paths this season. The outfielder has been successful in 14 straight attempts; his only caught stealing came March 12 against Seton Hall.
? The Hawkeyes have a +57 run differential this season. Iowa is 15-2 when scoring at least six runs and 1-13 when scoring 0-2 runs. The team is 5-4 in one-run games in 2016.
? Iowa is 4-11 against left-handed starting pitching.
? Iowa is 15-1 when leading after six innings, 17-1 after seven, and 18-0 after eight innings. The Hawkeyes are 4-18 when trailing after six, 3-18 after seven, and 1-20 after eight.

? The Buckeyes bring a 29-15-1 overall and an 8-7 Big Ten record into Friday’s series opener. Ohio State has won seven of its last 10 games and won two of its last three Big Ten series. The Buckeyes swept Purdue last weekend, but dropped 2-of-3 games at Illinois from April 22-24.
? Ohio State is hitting .266 as a team and average six runs per game. Two regulars — Nick Sergakis and Ronnie Dawson — are both hitting over .300. Sergakis has a team-best .372 average with 37 RBIs, 34 runs, 17 doubles, 11 steals, and seven home runs. Dawson is hitting .307 with 15 doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBIs, and 36 runs scored. He has 14 steals.
? Jacob Bosiokovic has a team-leading 10 home runs — the second-most in the Big Ten.
? The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in doubles (101) and home runs (43) and are second in the league with 68 steals. Four players have double digit steal totals.
? Ohio State is third in the Big Ten with a 3.06 team ERA and the staff is second with 354 strikeouts. The Buckeyes will start junior LHP Tanner Tully (5-3, 2.60 ERA) on Friday, senior LHP John Havird (5-1, 2.78 ERA) on Saturday, and freshman RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 4.14 ERA) on Sunday.
? Reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos has a team-best nine saves, going 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA, while Seth Kinker is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in 24 appearances.

? Iowa leads the series over Ohio State, 78-71-1.
? The two teams met just once during the 2015 season in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes won, 3-2, on a walk-off, two-run home run from senior Nick Day.
? This is Iowa’s third straight trip to Ohio State (the Buckeyes haven’t played in Iowa City since 2010). The teams have split the last two series; Iowa won 2-of-3 games in Columbus in 2011; Ohio State won 2-of-3 games in Columbus in 2014.

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 .331 with 36 runs and 26 RBIs in 2016.

The Hawkeyes had a season-high and Big Ten-high nine steals — one off the single-game school record — in a 10-4 victory over Western Illinois on May 3. Six different players had at least one steal and senior Joel Booker had a career-high three steals.
? Iowa moved from 10th to sixth in the conference in steals and Booker climbed to No. 3 in the conference with 18 steals.

The batting order swap between seniors Tyler Peyton and Joel Booker has benefitted both parties.
? Peyton is hitting a team-best .480 (12-of-25) since making the move to the leadoff position. He has six extra base hits, scored eight runs, and driven in four.
? Booker is hitting .333 in the three spot with five runs and five RBIs and is 7-for-7 on the base paths.

Since seeing his average dip to .244 on April 3, senior Tyler Peyton has rebounded in a big way. The first baseman has nine multi-hit games and has seen his average climb 70 points to .314. Peyton has hits in 13 of 15 games, which includes a 10-game hitting streak dating back to April 15.
? Over the last 10 games, Peyton has seven multi-hit games, where he is hitting .452 with eight runs and six RBIs. Peyton matched a career high in hits, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple in the series opener against Kansas State on April 29.

Senior Daniel Aaron Moriel‘s bat has come alive, as the catcher has hit safely in six of Iowa’s last seven games. The California native has three two-hit games during the stretch and is hitting .375 with nine hits, four runs, and four RBIs.

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 31-9 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.

Sophomore Nick Gallagher is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last two relief appearances. The right-hander went seven innings in back-to-back wins against No. 18/21 Michigan and Kansas State.
? Gallagher retired the first 13 batters he faced and pitched seven shutout innings in a 2-1 win over K-State to record his sixth victory on May 1. He had five strikeouts without issuing a walk.
? It came on the heels of a seven inning outing in a win over the Wolverines. He tossed six shutout innings before surrendering his only run in the ninth. He fanned a career-high seven batters and scattered six hits over seven innings.
? The Iowa City, Iowa, native has been superb in relief this season. He is 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA over 41 1/3 innings. He has 36 strikeouts to nine walks.
? In Big Ten play, Gallagher is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five appearances. He has 22 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

Senior outfielder Joel Booker is hitting .331 with 59 hits, 36 runs and 26 RBIs. He has a team-best 13 doubles, two triples, and four home runs — surpassing his is extra base hit output from his entire junior season.
? Booker ranks in the top-14 in the Big Ten in seven different offensive categories. He is tied for third in steals (18), tied for sixth in doubles (13) and total bases (91), ninth in hits (59), 11th in slugging percentage (.511), tied for 11th in runs (36), and 14th in batting average (.331).
? In Big Ten play, Booker ranks in the top 10 in five categories, including being tied for second in total bases (34) and tied for fourth in home runs (3).
? Booker is second on the team with 17 multi-hit games, including five three-hit and three four-hit contests. He went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored in the series finale against No. 18/21 Michigan.
? He had a career-best 14-game hitting streak and reached safely in 18 consecutive games earlier this season. He has hit safely in 32 games and reached safely in all but five contests.

? Senior Nick Roscetti has a team-best 21 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI contests. He had a career-best 15-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-March 22.
? He is currently riding a 10-game reached base streak.
? Roscetti is as good of a defensive shortstop as there is in the Big Ten. He has three errors in 184 chances for a .984 fielding percentage. Roscetti has one error in his last 37 games.
? The Illinois native is hitting .425 (17-of-40) over his last 10 games with seven runs and six RBIs. He has seven multi-hit games during the stretch.
? The shortstop has nine 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 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 is tied for 10th in the Big Ten in hits (58), 13th in batting average (.333), and 14th in RBIs (14).

? Three Iowa pitchers — Cole McDonald, Tyler Radtke, and Zach Daniels — combined to shut out Grand View, 3-0, on April 26. It was the team’s second shutout of the season.
? McDonald earned his fourth win, tossing a career-high five innings and fanning five. The New Hampton, Iowa, native has emerged as Iowa’s midweek starter, going 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts). He has 23 strikeouts to four walks in 21 1/3 innings.

? is 2-6 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 appearances (10 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 51 strikeouts to 18 walks in 71 innings — the sixth-most innings and 13th-most strikeouts in the Big Ten — and is limiting opposing batters to a .260 batting average.
? has a team-best six quality starts, three coming in Big Ten play. He has allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his 10 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
? Saw his first action in two weeks in relief against Kansas State on May 1… allowed one unearned run in two innings, fanning two.
? Is 1-5 with a 6.87 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts).
? 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 4.39 ERA in 38 starts. Peyton has 15 quality starts and has pitched into the seventh inning 14 times in his career.
? has logged 209 innings in two-plus seasons, where he has 152 strikeouts to 71 walks.
? earned third-team All-America honors by 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 are 13-4 with a 2.86 ERA and eight saves over 195 1/3 innings this season. The relievers have 155 strikeouts and are limiting opposing hitters to a .234 aeverage.
? Redshirt junior Josh Martsching as emerged as a closer. He is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 11 appearances, fanning 11 in 12 1/3 innings. The Bloomfield, Iowa, native is tied for the team-high with three saves.
? Freshman Zach Daniels is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 appearances, fanning 13 in 14 1/3 innings. Daniels hasn’t given up a run in his last 7 1/3 innings.

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