NCAA Regional Preview -- vs. #15 Houston

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Date: June 4, 2017
Location: Houston, Texas (Schroeder Park)
Statistics IOWA | Houston
Radio/Streaming: Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access ($)
Live Stats: Live Stats 
Television: ESPN2 (Watch ESPN)
Game 3 | June 4 | 3:04 p.m. (CT) 
Pitching Matchup:  Iowa: TBA

The University of Iowa baseball team will face top-seeded and 15th-ranked Houston in a rematch of Friday’s NCAA Regional opener on Sunday afternoon at Schroeder Park.  The elimination game will begin at 3:04 p.m. (CT) and be televised on ESPN2.

The winner will move on to face third-seeded Texas A&M at 8 p.m. Sunday night. Both Iowa and Houston would have to beat the Aggies twice to move on to Super Regionals.

• Sunday’s game will be carried on select stations around the state via the Hawkeye Radio Network and be streamed online via Hawkeye All-Access with Zach Mackey and Steve Duncan on the call.
• The game will be on AM-800 KXIC, KJAN in Atlantic, KMJM in Cedar Rapids, WDBQ in Dubuque,and KKFD in Fairfield.
• Sunday’s NCAA Regional elimination contest will be televised on ESPN2 with Lowell Galindo and Keith Moreland on the call.
• Live statistics will be available at and fans can follow the action via Twitter/UIBaseball.

• Iowa is 7-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament play in five tournament appearances.  Three of Iowa’s seven wins have come under UI head coach Rick Heller in the last three seasons.
• Iowa fell to the loser’s side of the bracket following a 3-2 loss to third-seeded Texas A&M on Saturday night.  The Hawkeyes out-hit the Aggies, 9-7, but a three-run fourth-inning home run from Cole Bedford with the difference.
• Over the last week, Iowa has defeated the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year (Brian Shaffer) and AAC Pitcher of the Year (Trey Cumbie).
• Five Big Ten Conference teams advanced to NCAA Regional play.  Iowa is one of three teams — Indiana and Maryland — still alive in tournament play.

• The Hawkeyes downed top-seeded and 15th-ranked Houston, 6-3, on Friday night in their NCAA Regional opener. It was Iowa’s second victory over a ranked opponent this season.  The win was No. 39 in 2017 — the fifth-most in a single-season all-time.
• Iowa out-hit Houston, 13-6, with five different players posting multi-hit games and five players driving in at least one run.  Ben Norman was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to lead the team.
• Relievers Kyle Shimp (1 1/3) and Josh Martsching (2 2/3) pitched four shutout innings in relief, scattering two hits and fanning four.  Both players will be available Sunday.

• The bottom of Iowa’s batting order in eight-hole hitter Ben Norman and nine-hole hitter Mitchell Boe have been the Hawkeyes two most consistent hitters in NCAA Regional play.  Norman is hitting a team-leading .667 (4-of-6) with two doubles and two runs scored, while Boe has a .571 (4-of-7) average with one double and three RBIs.

Junior Jake Adams connected on a two-out, solo home run against Texas A&M on Saturday.  It was the South Dakota native’s blast of the season, surging him into the NCAA lead in home runs.  It was broke the single-season Big Ten Conference record of 27, which had stood since 1992.

Iowa has 141 victories over the last four seasons, the most in a four-year stretch in school history.  Iowa has two of the program’s top five win totals during the stretch; 41 wins (second-most in 2015) and 39 wins (fifth-most this season).

• The Hawkeyes will start either RHP Drake Robison or LHP Elijah Wood.  
• Robison was the hero of the Big Ten Tournament title game, tossing seven innings of four hit, one run ball to pitch the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten Tournament title.  It was the longest outing of Robison’s career. The Illinois native is 4-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 19 appearances, including eight starts, and he has 54 strikeouts to 28 walks over 54 innings.
• Wood is 1-1 with a 5.26 ERA in 15 appearances (seven starts).  In his last outing against Minnesota at the Big Ten Tournament, Wood allowed five runs on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in a loss.  In the outing prior — at Illinois on May 19 — Wood gave up three first inning runs before tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings to record his first victory of the season.