Final Game Notes -- 2018

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• Iowa finished the 2018 season with a 33-20 overall record.  The Hawkeyes’ 5-4 victory over Western Illinois on May 15 gave the program its 30th win of the season. Iowa has won 30 or more games in each of Rick Heller’s five seasons — the longest stretch since posting seven straight 30-win seasons from 1979-85
• The Hawkeyes finished 13-9 in Big Ten Conference play to finish sixth in the league standings.  Iowa qualified for the Big Ten Tournament for a record fifth straight season.
• Senior Tyler Cropley earned second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.  He is the 20th All-American in Iowa baseball history.  Cropley was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which is presented to the nation’s top Division I catcher.
• Iowa had three first-team All-Big Ten selections in Nick Allgeyer, Tyler Cropley, and Robert Neustrom and one third-team honoree in Chris Whelan.  It was the first time since 1990 (five selections) that Iowa has had at least three first-teamers.
•  The Hawkeyes posted three series wins against ranked foes in 2018 — at No. 22 Illinois, No. 7 Michigan, and No. 12 Oklahoma State. The win over Michigan was Iowa’s first over a top-10 opponent since 2008.  
• Iowa finished 8-9 against ranked opponents with wins over No. 11 Indiana, No. 22 Illinois (2), No. 25 Minnesota, No. 7 Michigan (2), and No. 12 Oklahoma State (2). 
• Iowa has won 143 games since the start of the 2015 season, the best four-year stretch in school history. The Hawkeyes have won 173 games in the Rick Heller era (2014-present), which is the third-best five-year stretch all-time.  The Hawkeyes won 178 games from 1981-85 and 175 from 1977-1981 under Duane Banks.
• Iowa finished the home schedule with a 20-6 record at Duane Banks Field, running its record to 72-20 at home since the start of the 2015 season.  The 20 victories are the second-most in a single season in school history (behind the 22 victories in 1977).  The Hawkeyes have won 11 of their last 12 home series.
• Iowa’s pitching staff shattered the single-season strikeouts record. The staff had a Big Ten-leading 499 strikeouts in 53 games, breaking the record of 470 in 2017, set in 61 contests.

Senior Tyler Cropley became the 20th All-American in school history when he earned second-team All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball for the 2018 season.  Cropley, a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, led the team in batting average (.342), hits (68), doubles (20), and RBIs (50), while tying for the lead in runs (43) and being second in home runs (9). 
    The McCook, South Dakota, native also earned second-team ABCA all-region honors.  He was Iowa’s first catcher to earn first or second-team All-America distinction; Alex Dvorsky was a freshman All-American as a catcher in 1999.

Four Hawkeyes garnered All-Big Ten honors, including three first-team selections.  It is the first time since 1990 (five selections) that Iowa has had three or more first-team honorees.
• Nick Allgeyer was a first-team starting pitcher after ranking in the top four in the Big Ten in strikeouts, innings, and ERA.  He is the second pitcher under Rick Heller to be a first-team selection.
• Tyler Cropley was a first-team catcher after ranking in the top-11 in the Big Ten in 10 categories.  He is the first Hawkeye catcher since Jim Freese in 1963 to be a first-teamer.
• Robert Neustrom was a first-team outfielder after tying for fourth in home runs and ranking in top-12 in six categories.  It is the fifth straight year Iowa has had an outfielder earn All-Big Ten recognition.
• Junior Chris Whelan garnered third-team honors as  a designated hitter despite missing 14 games because of injury.  Whelan hit .315 during the regular season and was third in hits (47) and fourth in runs (36).

Iowa tied a school record (1992, 2015) with five players selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  The Hawkeyes have had 20 players drafted (21 sign professional contracts) during the Rick Heller era — the most in a five-year stretch in school history.  
• Robert Neustrom was selected in the fifth round (145th pick) by the Baltimore Orioles.  He is Iowa’s highest drafted position player since 1992.
• Tyler Cropley was selected in the eighth round (251st pick) by the Washington Nationals. He is Iowa’s first catcher selected in the top eight rounds since Jim Sundberg went in the first round in 1973.
• Nick Allgeyer was selected in the 12th round (365th pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays.  
• Zach Daniels was selected in the 19th round (562nd pick) by the Atlanta Braves.
• Brady Schanuel was selected in the 27th round (815th pick) by the Milwaukee Brewers.

1st – Strikeouts in season – 499
2nd – Home runs in game – 7 vs. Missouri

t1st – Lorenzo Elion – Hits – 5 vs. Coe College
t1st – Tyler Cropley – Doubles – 3 vs. Coe College
t1st – Kyle Crowl – Walks – 4 vs. Penn State
t1st – Lorenzo Elion – Sac Flies – 2 vs. Cornell College

2nd – Nick Allgeyer – Strikeouts – 95
t2nd – Tyler Cropley – Doubles – 20
6th – Nick Allgeyer – Innings – 97.0

5th – Zach Daniels – Appearances – 65
8th – Zach Daniels – Saves – 11
12th – Nick Nelsen – Appearances – 54
13th – Robert Neustrom – Singles – 130
t13th – Shane Ritter – Appearances – 52

• Iowa went 8-6 against left-handed starters this season and 25-14 against right-handers.  
• The Hawkeyes went 30-10 when scoring three or more runs this season.
• Iowa was 15-10 in games decided by two runs or less  this season, including a 5-8 record in one-run contests.  
The Hawkeyes made their fifth straight Big Ten Tournament appearance — a program record — and the 13th in school history.  
• Iowa went 0-2 at the Big Ten Tournament, falling 2-1 to third-seeded Michigan in 10 innings and 2-0 to seventh-seeded Ohio State in an elimination contest. 

30 X 5
Iowa has won 30 or more games in each of head coach Rick Heller’s five seasons. It is the program’s longest such stretch since posting seven straight 30-win seasons from 1979-85.

2014: 30-23
2015: 41-18 (2nd-most wins all-time)
2016: 30-26
2017: 39-22 (5th-most wins all-time)
2018: 33-20

Senior Tyler Cropley was one of 16 players named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, an honor given to the nation’s top Division I catcher.  The McCook Lake, South Dakota, native ranked in the top-14 in the Big Ten in nine offensive categories, including leading the league with 20 doubles.

The Hawkeyes led the Big Ten with a school record 499 strikeouts in 2018. Iowa’s 204 strikeouts in Big Ten action also led the league.
• The 499 strikeouts shattered the single-season school record.  Iowa had 470 strikeouts in 61 games last season. 
• Iowa’s 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings ranked 18th nationally.

Senior Matt Hoeg broke out of a 4-for-32 month-long slump with a double against Milwaukee on April 25 in Iowa City.  In the final 16 games:
• Hoeg hit a team-best .313 (20-of-64) with 10 extra base hits, including seven doubles, one triple, and two home runs.  He had 17 RBIs in the 16 games.
• The Waukee, Iowa, native had eight multi-hit games during the stretch.  He went 2-for-6 with a career-high six RBIs in Iowa’s 16-14 slugfest victory over Oklahoma State on May 5 before going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs in the series-clinching victory.  Hoeg had three straight two-hit games at Northwestern (May 11-13).

DREYER: 1-2-3
Freshman Jack Dreyer gave the Iowa pitching staff a late season spark.  The southpaw went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three weekend starts, pitching the Hawkeyes to victories over No. 12 Oklahoma State, Northwestern, and Penn State.
• In his first career weekend start (and second career start overall), Dreyer scattered two hits and allowed one run in five innings against No. 12 Oklahoma State to pick up his third victory of the season.  He tied a career-high with six strikeouts.
• Dreyer went five innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and fanned six in a road victory at Northwestern on May 13 and went a career-long six innings, allowing two runs on two hits against Penn State on May 19.  He struck out six.

Iowa hit a season and Big Ten-high seven home runs in its 17-16 loss to Missouri on May 1.  The seven home runs are the second-most in a game in school history, behind the eight home runs in 1986 against Murray State.
• The seven jacks tied for the eighth-most in a single game in the nation this season.  Tennessee Tech hit 11 home runs in February against Illinois State.
• It was the first time Iowa has even hit five home runs in a game since the 2009 season.
• Six different Hawkeyes hit a home run in the game… the most notable? Mitchell Boe, who hit his first career shot to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Iowa has won 21 of 30 (70 percent) of its Big Ten Conference series dating back to the 2015 season.  The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last nine Big Ten series. 

Third-team All-Big Ten designated hitter Chris Whelan was instant offense for the Hawkeyes after making his season debut on March 17 against Evansville.  The Illinois native missed the first month (14 games) recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was cleared to throw and play in the field April 24. 
• He played in his first game in the field May 4 against No. 12 Oklahoma State, starting at first base, and he started the final two games in left field.
• The Hawkeyes averaged 5.0 runs per game in the 14 games before Whelan was cleared. After inserting Whelan into the lineup, Iowa averaged 6.4 runs per contest.
• Whelan hit safely in 31-of-38 games with 13 multi-hit contests.  He hit .308 with 36 runs and 17 walks as Iowa’s leadoff hitter.
• Whelan had a career-high four hits, finishing 4-for-5 with a career-best four runs in Iowa’s 13-9 come-from-behind victory over Bradley on March 28.  He hit is second home run of the season on April 22 in the win at Minnesota, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
• Whelan homered in back-to-back games, hitting the game-tying home run in the come-from-behind win over No. 7 Michigan on April 29 and hitting a solo shot in the slugfest loss against Missouri.

First-team All-Big Ten catcher Tyler Cropley led the team with a .342 average with team-highs in RBIs (50) and doubles (20) and ranking second in home runs (9).  
• The South Dakota native ranked in top-14 in the Big Ten in nine categories.  He led the league in doubles (20), was sixth in RBIs (50), seventh in slugging percentage (.578), tied for seventh in hit by pitch (11), tied for ninth in total bases (115), 10th in batting average (.342), tied for 11th in home runs (9), and tied for 14th in hits (68).
• Cropley tied a school record in the 16-1 win over Coe College on April 11, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs.  All three of his hits were doubles, as he became the ninth Hawkeye — first since Nate Yoho in 2004 — to hit three in a single game.
• Cropley had two walk-off home runs in 2018.  He hit a walk-off grand slam to give Iowa a 13-9 victory over Bradley on March 28.  He finished with a career-high five RBIs in the game.  He hit is second walk-off — a two-run shot — to give the Hawkeyes a 7-5 win over No. 7 Michigan on April 29.
• Cropley homered in consecutive at-bats — a walk-of two-run home run to give Iowa a 7-5 win over No. 7 Michigan on April 29 and a first-inning solo shot against Missouri on May 1.
• Cropley hit two home runs against Mizzou for his second career two-home run game.  He also did it against Minnesota last season in the Big Ten Tournament.
• He tied a career-high with five RBIs, finishing 2-for-5 with a double in Iowa’s series-clinching win over Penn State (5/18).
• Cropley hit .448 (26-of-58) with runners in scoring position.  He had an .833 average with a runner on third base with less than two outs.

Sophomore Kyle Crowl had a career-best 14-game reached base streak from March 11-April 4.  He reached safely in 38 games this season.
• Crowl had 10 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games.
• The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native missed his only game of the season May 15 at Western Illinois with the flu.
• Crowl was third on the team with six home runs this season and 33 RBIs.  He tied a school record in consecutive games against Penn State, drawing four walks in games one and two.  The walks came in eight consecutive plate appearances.
• Went a perfect 4-for-4 with one double, three runs, and two RBIs in Iowa’s 16-14 victory over No. 12 Oklahoma State on May 5.  The four hits were a career-high.

Sophomore Lorenzo Elion became the second Hawkeye in the last decade to hit for the cycle when he finished 5-of-6 with two home runs, six RBIs, and four runs scored in a 16-1 win over Coe College on April 11.  The two home runs were the first of his career.
• Elion tripled in the first, homered in the second, doubled in the fifth,  singled in the sixth, and capped the night with a first-pitch, three-run home run in the eighth.
• The five hits tied a school record that has happened now 18 times.  It was last done by Joel Booker in 2016 at the Big Ten Tournament.  The five hits are tied for the most in the Big Ten this season.
• Mason McCoy was the last Hawkeye to hit for the cycle against Air Force in 2016.

Sophomore Lorenzo Elion appeared in SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays on April 8 after making a spectacular defensive play, diving to his right and throwing a dart to first to rob Ohio State of extra bases.  The play was No. 8.

The Hawkeyes posted 15 come-from-behind victories in 2018, including five walk-off victories.  The five walk-off victories were tied for the second most in the nation.
• Iowa trailed 9-8 through 7 1/2 innings before rallying for a 13-9 win.  Lorenzo Elion’s pinch-hit RBI single tied the game in the eighth before Iowa posted its fourth walk-off win in the ninth courtesy of a Tyler Cropley grand slam. 
• The Hawkeyes trailed 4-1 through 7 1/2 innings before Matt Hoeg tied the game with a two-out, three-run double in the eighth.  Iowa then posted its third walk-off victory of the season when Austin Guzzo connected on a two-run home run to right field, giving the team a 6-4 win.
• Ben Norman had the game-winning RBI single in the ninth, sending the Hawkeyes to a 4-3 win over Toledo in the season opener.  Norman also reached via error in the win over Virginia Tech, allowing the go-ahead run to score in the 2-1 walk-off victory.
• Iowa trailed 5-0 through 1 1/2 innings and 5-4 through 6 1/2 before Chris Whelan’s solo home run tied the game at 5.  In the bottom of the ninth, Cropley hit a two-run home run to left field, giving Iowa a 7-5 series-clinching victory over No. 7 Michigan.
• Iowa has overcome deficits to win 33 games since the start of the 2017 season and posted nine walk-off victories.
• Twenty of those victories have come with Iowa trailing or being tied entering or through seven innings and 14 have come in the final at-bat.

• The Hawkeyes finished 20-6 at Duane Banks Field this season, running their record to 72-20 at home since the start of the 2015 season.  
• The 20 victories are the second-most in a single-season in school history, trailing only the 22 wins in 1977. 
• Iowa has 13 walk-off victories at Duane Banks Field since the start of 2015.

• The Hawkeyes had 10 or more hits in 21 games this season.  Iowa scored 16 runs in a game three times.   
• Iowa has scored 10 or more runs in 11 games this season.  
• The Hawkeyes are 24-3 when out-hitting their opposition.

The Hawkeyes out-scored opponents, 55-27, in the first inning and 126-86 over the first three innings.  Iowa out-scored the opposition, 61-48, in the eighth and ninth innings.
• Iowa went 13-5 when it scored in the first inning and 22-8 when it scored the game’s first run.   
• The Hawkeyes were 25-1 when leading after six innings, 25-1 after seven, and 27-1 after eight this season.  

• hit safely in 42-of-53 games and he reached safely in 46-of-53 contests.  Neustrom had hitting streaks of nine games and 10 games this season.
• started 116 consecutive games to close out his Iowa career. 
• hit .311 with 19 multi-hit games.  The first-team All-Big Ten outfielder hit 11 home runs, which were fifth-most in the Big Ten this season. He had his second career two-homer game May 5 against Oklahoma State.  He finished the contest 3-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored. 
• Ranked in the top 13 in the Big Ten in four categories — fifth in home runs (11), tied for ninth in doubles (15), seventh in total bases (114), eighth in doubles (15), 11th in total bases (114), and 13th in slugging (.538).
• was the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by Baseball America and Perfect Game. 

• The Hawkeyes’ starting pitchers went 17-14 with a 3.40 ERA in 53 games. Iowa starters had 257 strikeouts to 101 walks and opponents hit .239.
• Iowa’s pitching staff had three games where it allowed two or fewer hits.  The Hawkeyes one-hit Northern Illinois on April 17 and had a pair of two hitters against Evansville on March 17 and No. 11 Indiana on March 23.
• Iowa’s pitching staff led the Big Ten with 499 strikeouts, averaging 9.5 per game to rank 18th nationally. 
• Iowa had 26 games with 10 or more strikeouts this season, including a stretch of eight straight games from April 25-May 6. The Hawkeyes had a season-high 15 strikeouts in a win over Milwaukee on April 25 and Penn State on May 18.
• Iowa’s bullpen went 16-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 2018.  The relievers logged 225 1/3 innings, where they averaged more than a strikeout an inning (242).
• Senior Nick Nelsen appeared in 12 of Iowa’s final 15 games, including all three games of the series against No. 12 Oklahoma State.  Nelsen went 2-1 with three saves and a 3.60 ERA in 28 appearances. He had 31 strikeouts over 30 innings.

Junior Zach Daniels was Iowa’s most important reliever in 2018.  The right-hander went 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 25 appearances, striking out 49 over 45 2/3 innings.  He had five saves.
• Daniels went 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 13 Big Ten appearances, allowing seven runs on 20 hits over 24 1/3 innings.  He had 26 strikeouts and limited hitters to a .227 average.
• Daniels made two appearances against No. 7 Michigan, earning a save and a win in the series.  He pitched four shutout frames, scattering two hits and fanning a season-high six in Iowa’s series-clinching victory.
• He made multiple weekend appearances six times in 2018.

• went 5-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 15 starts. Allgeyer had 95 strikeouts — the second-most in the Big Ten and second-most in a single season in school history.
• ranked among the top-six in the Big Ten in six categories — second in strikeouts (95), fourth in ERA (2.41), tied for fourth in innings (97.0), fifth in strikeouts looking (26), tied for seventh in starts (15), and 10th in batting average against (.235).
• was second in the Big Ten in conference games in strikeouts (49) and third in innings (53 1/3) and ERA (2.19).
• was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice in 2018 — April 16 following a road win at Nebraska and April 30 following a win over No. 7 Michigan.
• allowed six hits or fewer in  12 of 15 starts… allowed one or fewer earned runs in nine starts.
• posted 13 quality starts, including a stretch of 10 consecutive quality starts from Week 2-12… had a career-high nine strikeouts against No. 12 Oklahoma State and against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.
• had six games with eight or more strikeouts.
• scattered four hits and allowed one run against Michigan at the Big Ten Tournament… tied a career-high with nine strikeouts… pitched seven shutout innings, scattering five hits and fanning six in a no-decision against Penn State (5/17)… recorded his fifth win against No. 7 Michigan, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings and fanning eight… notched his fourth win at Nebraska, allowing one unearned run over seven innings and fanning four… earned his fifth win, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings against No. 7 Michigan.
• notched his third victory — first Big Ten win — allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings at No. 22 Illinois… finished with eight strikeouts.
•  recorded his first career win as a starter (third of his career), allowing one run on four hits at UAB (3/2)… had four strikeouts against one walk over 6 2/3 innings… went six innings, allowing one run on four hits in the win over Evansville (3/17).
• made his first career Friday start — his second career start — against Toledo (2/16) — allowing three unearned runs over five innings and fanning seven.
• went 7-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 47 career appearances, including 16 starts… had 133 strikeouts in 144 innings.
• missed the 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery suffered during the fall of 2016.

•went 5-7 with a 6.06 ERA in 13 starts with 64 strikeouts over 52 innings… made his first relief appearance against Penn State (5/19), tossing a perfect inning with one strikeout.
• notched his fifth win, allowing three runs on six hits against Ohio State (4/7)… had seven strikeouts — his fourth game with six or more strikeouts.
• was named the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 25 after going a career-best seven innings, allowing one hit and fanning 11 in a 5-1 victory over No. 11 Indiana (3/23)… retired the final 10 batters he faced.  The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Hawkeye pitcher since Nathan Johnson’s 14 at Indiana in 2004.
• allowed a single hit over five shutout innings in a win against Evansville, where he fanned six… went a five innings in the road win at UAB — his second win of the season…allowed one hit and fanned a career-high seven.   
• earned his first career victory against Old Dominion (2/18), allowing two hits and fanning four in 3 2/3 innings… was on a predetermined 60-pitch pitch count.

• went 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 11 starts  — eight coming as the Sunday starter… missed two starts because of weather cancellations (Indiana, Nebraska) and two more because of injury.
• returned to the starting rotation after missing two weeks against Penn State (5/18)… tossed four shutout innings, allowing one hit and fanning seven.
• departed after 3+ innings in his April 29 start against Michigan with elbow tightness.
• tallied his third win, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in a road win at No. 25 Minnesota… had six strikeouts to two walks for his third straight quality start.
• recorded his second straight quality start in a no-decision against Ohio State (4/8)… allowed one run on three hits over six innings and had a career-high eight strikeouts.
• notched his first Big Ten victory — second of the season — allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings at No. 22 Illinois… finished with six strikeouts… it was his second quality start of the season.
• recorded his first career quality start and first win of the season, scattering three hits and allowing two unearned runs in seven innings in a victory over New Orleans.  McDonald had four strikeouts to one walk.
• is 9-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 34 appearances, including 30 starts.

Iowa’s team captains for the 2018 season were senior Tyler Cropley, redshirt junior Nick Allgeyer, junior Robert Neustrom, and redshirt sophomore Kyle Shimp. 

Iowa made history when it represented the United States at the 2017 World University Games in Taiwan.  Competing as the USA Team, Iowa claimed the silver medal, becoming the first American team to medal in Universiade history.   Iowa went 5-2 during the two-week stretch before falling to Japan in the gold medal game.

• UI head coach Rick Heller is one of nine coaches all-time to lead three different NCAA Division I teams to regional play.  
• Heller recorded his 800th career win against Lehigh on March 12 at the Snowbird Classic in Florida.
• The Hawkeyes have won 30 or more games in each of Heller’s five seasons as the helm of the program.  It’s a first for the team since winning 30 or more in seven straight seasons from 1979-85.
• Heller has led the Hawkeyes to two NCAA Regional appearances in three seasons; the program had three regional appearances in its history prior to his arrival.
• Heller is fourth in school history in career wins with 173 in his five seasons at Iowa, including the second (41) and fifth-most (39) in school history.
• Heller led Iowa to its first Big Ten Tournament title in 2017 — the first conference title since 1990 — and he guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament title game in consecutive seasons.  Iowa has advanced to the league tournament in five straight years for the first time in program history.
• Heller has coached at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection each season, and has 20 Major League Baseball Draft picks in five seasons — the most in a five-year stretch in school history.
• Iowa had a school-record six All-Big Ten selections in 2015 and five in 2017 and 2018.  The Hawkeyes have had 28 All-Big Ten honorees in five seasons under Heller.
• Iowa has posted winning streaks of nine games (in 2015) and eight games (in 2017) — the longest streaks for the program since 2012.

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