IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa baseball team continues its homestand Tuesday, hosting Milwaukee at 6 p.m. (CT) in a midweek match-up at Duane Banks Field.
The Hawkeyes are 12-3 at home and 23-15 overall after dropping 2-of-3 games to Rutgers last weekend in Iowa City. Iowa won Friday’s series opener, 8-3, before dropping back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday to fall to 6-6 in Big Ten play.
The Panthers bring a 13-24 record to Iowa City after losing 3-of-4 games last weekend. Milwaukee claimed game one of a doubleheader against Youngstown State, 5-2, on Friday before ending the weekend on a three-game slide, falling to Oakland twice Sunday.
The Panthers have three players hitting above .300 on the season, including junior Daulton Varsho, who leads the team in batting average (.381), home runs (7), RBIs (29), and slugging percentage (.655).
Sophomore Robert Neustrom continues to shine at the plate, leading Iowa with a .358 batting average — the third- highest mark in the Big Ten. He leads a group of four Hawkeyes hitting above .300 on the season.
Junior Jake Adams leads the Big Ten in home runs (14) and is second in the conference with 47 RBIs. Adams’ 14 homers are tied for seventh nationally. Senior Mason McCoy is the league leader in doubles (13).
Iowa looks to bounce back from a tough weekend on the mound by sending junior left-hander Elijah Wood to the mound for his second start of the season. Wood is 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA in nine appearances. In his last start April 11 against Western Illinois, Wood tossed three shutout innings, scattering a pair of hits.
Milwaukee will send sophomore southpaw Alex Fischer to the mound. The Sussex, Wisconsin, native is 0-3 with a 9.26 ERA. His last appearance came against Oakland where he gave up four runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.
The Hawkeyes are 6-1 in midweek games this season after falling 6-4 at Bradley last Wednesday in Peoria. The loss snapped Iowa’s 19-game midweek winning streak dating back to the 2015 season.
Iowa is 8-10 all-time against Milwaukee. The Hawkeyes won 9-1 in Iowa City last season.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed online via BTN Plus on BTN2GO. The game will also be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network/Hawkeye All-Access with Zach Mackey on the call.
Following Tuesday’s game, Iowa returns to Big Ten action, hosting a three-game weekend series from April 28-30.